Lockdowns, resulting in mass unemployment, food shortages and widespread fear, are impacting several of the nations where LMI has overseas coordinators and partners. Church leaders, their families and ministries are in difficult, and in some cases dire, situations.
Our coordinators and ministry partners need support to help those around them who are in desperate need. That is why we are launching LMI’s COVID-19 International Relief Campaign and why we need your help!
Below, you can read about some of our coordinators and ministry partners who desperately need the help of Christians here in the UK and Ireland.
Perhaps a specific element of the campaign will touch your heart – such as sponsorship for a family in Chennai – or, if you give funds to the campaign generally, please be assured that we will use them wisely before God, wherever the need is greatest. Any amount you or your church can give will be truly appreciated. Details of how to give are included at the bottom of this page.
CHENNAI, SOUTH INDIA
In Chennai, we are urgently seeking to support pastors who have had no income for more than two months since lockdown began in India – the single largest lockdown of any nation in the world.
As our coordinator explained in his own words:
“Most of our pastors are dependent on the Sunday offering to pay the church rent, house rent, their family and children’s education, and other expenses. All the essential commodities are double the cost.”
£50 will enable pastors in Chennai and the surrounding state to feed and support their families for one month.
LMI would like to support 60 pastors.
Perhaps you or your church could sponsor a food parcel for a pastor?
By providing food parcels consisting of 5kg of beans and 5kg of maize, which will support a family for up to a week, and two bottles of liquid soap for personal hygiene, Aloys and his colleagues are bringing much needed relief and providing a practical witness for Christ through this caring ministry.
5kg of beans costs £4.24
- 5kg of maize costs £2.12
- 2 bottles of liquid soap costs £2.54
To provide one food parcel costs: £8.90
LMI would like to provide funds for 200 food parcels for the families of very needy believers in the area where Aloys ministers.
In Kenya, having already installed a solar-powered water pump to provide fresh water for the community, Pastor Eric Ngala is now providing food parcels for families with little or no food or income due to the pandemic. An inability to farm, coupled with mass unemployment, has created a very serious situation.
A 90kg bag of maize, which costs £33, can feed two families, consisting of 6-8 people, for up to two weeks.
With your help, we would like to provide support for 85 families.
In South Sudan, one of the poorest nations on earth, Rev James Baak and his colleagues are providing items for hand washing (water tanks, soaps and other necessary equipment).
One of the areas they are actively working in is Leitnhom, a deprived location LMI has visited in the past and where we have provided Bibles and bicycles for pastors in the Dinka tribe.
In a nation where personal hygiene already suffers due to a lack of amenities, it is vital that people have access to water and cleaning products in order to protect themselves against the coronavirus.
- A box of soaps, which will be distributed across Lietnhom, costs £28.57
- A small tank/bucket which can be used for washing hands costs £44.90
LMI would like to provide as many boxes of soaps as we can and items to aid these tribal people as they seek to protect themselves from the COVID-19 virus.
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Bangladesh has been catastrophic, with widespread food shortages and unemployment a daily reality. Indeed, our representative in Bangladesh sent us these harrowing words regarding his church –
“I have been praying for them, especially for their survival.”
Our represntative is trying to support people in his church by providing food parcels, which will feed a family for up to one month. The parcel, which contains rice, milk, vegetables and other essential items, costs £50.
We would like to provide parcels for 40 families. Can you help?
The situation in Pakistan, like that in Bangladesh, is bleak, with food shortages causing major distress.
In a nation where Christians are already much maligned and marginalised, our representative is seeking to supply food parcels for believers who are in serious need.
£82 will enable a family to get enough food and groceries for two months.
We are seeking to provide 30 food parcels for our brothers and sisters in Pakistan.
In Hong Kong, our coordinator witnessed a fall of 80% in his church’s income once the pandemic began.
As you will appreciate, situations like this can not only seriously impact the lives of the pastors but also threaten to undermine their ministries if they can’t afford to pay rent for their church building etc.
We would like to help our coordinator meet the financial shortfall impacting his church due to COVID-19.
Through our network of coordinators and ministry partners, we want to help meet the basic nutritional, hygienic and financial difficulties facing our brothers and sisters in Christ and their communities.
You can support LMI’s COVID-19 International Relief campaign by donating online at https://www.lmi-org.net/support-lmi-covid-19-international-relief
Alternatively, you may wish to post a cheque to our office at 7-8 Bellsbridge Office Park, 100 Ladas Drive, Belfast, BT6 9FH (our mail is still being checked regularly). **Please make cheque payable to “Logos Ministries International” and mark it for the COVID-19 International Relief Campaign on the back.
Important Information: In keeping with current laws governing charitable donations, if LMI’s Covid-19 International Relief Campaign comes to an end, any remaining amount in this support fund will be re-allocated to LMI’s “Where Needed Most” fund to be used to advance the ministry.
We recognise that you, your family and your church may be facing significant issues due to COVID-19. If this is your situation, please know that we have absolutely no desire to place any additional burden on you. However, whatever support you or your church can give towards LMI’s COVID-19 International Relief campaign will be a tremendous blessing to our brothers and sisters during these difficult days. As we are reminded in scripture, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 (ESV)
Medical professionals are predicting that, once this initial wave of COVID-19 passes, a second wave may begin in the near future. If this happens, the impact on the nations listed above will continue to be devastating for the remainder of this year and into 2021 and beyond. With this in mind, we want to raise as much support as we can to help our brothers and sisters for as long as we possibly can.