Tribute to the Supporters who provided food for the students' families.
|Pastor Ravi Pahadiya|
|October 31, 2019|
Students eating well
"This is a special message to the generous Children of Hope School supporters who provided the funds for the student's and their families. As we face the COVID-19 crisis together, we should trade our fears for trust as we are going through this trial. Now is the time to draw near to God and to draw near to one another, to show our love to one another.
The children's parents are daily wage earners and had lost their means of income overnight. They are the worst hit by the COVID-19 lockdown. They need their daily share of food. But thank God that today, He is Provider God. He saved them from falling into extreme vulnerability of hunger. Praise God!
Today we have great joy to inform you that we have distributed 55 dry grocery kits to the needy slum families of the Children of Hope School students. Ephesians 5:16 says to make the best use of time. Thank God that he gives us this time to show our love for one another. The children's parents learned one day before that dry grocery items were going to be distributed in the Children of Hope School building. So, they came one to two hours early to wait outside of the school. Their faces were very sad for they hoped to receive grocery kit as soon as possible. We allowed our children's parents to come in only three or four groups at a time to take their dry grocery kits. Some parents came with their children.
After just a few minutes there was a huge crowd outside of the school wanting to obtain groceries, even some entered our school without permission. It was very hard for us to convince the crowd that only the school children's families may take groceries. They also were very needy and helpless because they had not received food packets everyday from the government relief program. When we told them these groceries were only for children studying at the Children of Hope School, all of them were surprised to learn 'What kind of school is this who has helped in this difficult time for the student's families?' Praise the Lord.....! Although many other slum families were hopeful that they also could receive food, it was not possible for us to give it to them because we have limited packets, just for those children who are studying at the Children of Hope School.
You cannot see the smiling faces of children and their parents in the photos below, but big smiles are there hiding behind the masks! They were so very happy to receive the food gifts and give thanks to the Children of Hope School. But at this time I told them , please give your thanks only to God., because He Loves you so much! He has not forgetten you at this difficult time. I gave them instructions to read the Good News tracts we put inside the grocery kits.
We distributed 44 grocery kits to the children's families and 5 to the teaching staff, including our cook. Seven of the children's families were away in their village because of the fear of COVID-19. So, the rest of the 6 grocery packets we distributed outside of the school to families who were in most need and deserving of the grocery kits.
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support in this difficult time for the student's parents. I pray 'God will bless you and your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations, you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in Jesus Name.'"
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