God's Presence in a Pandemic: A Letter From Our President
Updated: Jun 4, 2020
HELP BRINGS HOPE . . .
. . . to the orphaned, abandoned, hungry and hopeless!
The past few months have been difficult for us all, but in the developing world that has been especially true. With India, Uganda, Romania and Ukraine experiencing lockdowns, where people are not allowed to go out, many who are daily wage earners have had no way to provide food, medical care or other critical needs for their families. The CTL partners have been such an amazing help to so many families in need during this time.
• In India, food bags have been provided to over 7,000 families with help continuing daily. The previously hostile government has reached out to Berachah and other Christians to help in their communities and they are responding.
• In Uganda, hundreds of families have been fed, new children have been welcomed at Mercy Childcare Ministry and medical care provided through Mercy Medical Center.
• In Romania, the children in the Home of Hope program are cared for and safe and the families that are part of the Family Program have been helped with food and other supplies as needed.
• In Ukraine, the children have been home with their families and the staff continues to serve the families virtually through online daily activities, education, counseling and more.
We are so grateful to be able to participate in relief efforts with our partners and will continue to provide this relief to those in need during the coming days and weeks. But this is only one part of the ongoing, long-term empowerment work that CTL has been doing for years and will continue as long as God allows.
All of this is being done In JESUS’ NAME as we all work together to be “SALT and LIGHT” and build relationships with those in need as Jesus teaches in Matthew 25:34-45.
There are some amazing stories of how God has opened doors to sharing the gospel as help has been provided. In India, for example, Pastor Kiran heard that a nearby Muslim boarding school had no food to feed the children and he was able to bring food and share the Gospel with the kids and staff (pictured right). There are many other stories we could share that clearly show how the Lord uses difficulty to meet not only physical needs, but spiritual needs as well. We trust Him for the outcome.
What we know and are committed to is “IT IS RIGHT TO DO RIGHT” and the Lord will honor and bless those efforts.
Blessings and Joy,
John Penrose, President