UPDATED May 22nd, 2020
India – Although they are still under a lock down, our partners have gotten permission to begin drilling two wells and complete much needed medical clinics in May. We are also grateful that all of the rescued children in our care remain healthy.
Liberia – Although they are also still under a lock down through the end of May, our drill crew has been given government approval for one drill crew to begin drilling again as water is considered an essential need. Our crew will begin drilling this weekend, May 22nd.
Sierra Leone – Our teams are continuing to drill wells as normal, however travel is restricted from county to county. Our drill crews have dedicated themselves to bringing clean water and have not been able to go home to their families for months. There is also a country wide curfew of 5:00 PM each night. Evangelism has switched from large group Jesus Film showings to house-to-house evangelism with groups of ten or less.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the world as we know it. But, we’re all in this together. As our faithful supporters, we want to keep you up to date on the affects of the virus on our partners and work throughout India, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. We are so thankful for your prayers and continued support during this uncertain time.
Throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, our partners were faced with unexpected trials as the prices for food tripled within just a few short days. Following the initial shock, prices continued to rise as the country began to shut down. It became increasingly difficult for our partners to purchase food. But, thanks to our incredible donors, our partners were equipped to face this pandemic and care for the children fully over the last couple of months. With a lock down ordered, our partners received passes from the police to be able to travel to the children with supplies. Currently India is still under lock down until May 17th, however our partners have gotten permission to begin drilling wells and hosting medical clinics again. Additionally, our partners have applied for government aid for charities to help with the increased cost for food for the children. We are hopeful this aid will supplement our donor’s generous donations to ensure the children’s needs continue to be met. Even in the midst of the crisis, we are choosing to praise God that no rescued children have fallen ill to coronavirus. They are enjoying their time off school by playing, reading their Bibles, and praying. The tailoring graduates who are employed with the tailoring companies are all also currently healthy and using this lock down period to share the gospel in their dormitories. Through it all, our pastors are remaining faithful in God’s goodness.
When a lock down was instated our partners and drill crews sheltered in place with their families. However, as the lock down has been extended through the month of May, our partners are awaiting government approval for one drill crew to continue to drill wells even under lock down, as water is an essential need. Additionally, our partner pastors are still bringing the gospel to those they encounter in the villages, while practicing social distancing. The Lord has also watched over each of our partners and their families and kept them safe and healthy in Liberia!
The coronavirus was slow to arrive in Sierra Leone, but the country has taken the disease seriously and instated a lock down that was lifted on May 7th, followed by the advice to continue to social distance and practice good sanitation. Since the lock down was lifted, our drill crews have been able to resume their monthly schedule of well drilling. They have also been following their Ministry of Sanitation’s guidelines closely while interacting with others in the villages. Additionally, they are using this opportunity to share this sanitation information with the villages we serve as they are finding about 20% of the villagers do not believe in the existence of the virus. Again, the Lord has kept each of our partners and their families safe and healthy though this uncertain time.
We are praising God through these trials for His provision over our ministry and partners. Thank you for the part you have played in making our work possible during this time!
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