By April 2020, IM established the International COVID-19 Appeal to respond to needs in the countries where our global servants and partners live and serve. As of May 2021, IM has provided $337,167 to help meet those needs in 46 countries, and these numbers continue to grow. We’ve shared emergency grants for food, housing and healthcare, and worked to ensure that partners at risk of suspending vital services could continue in their ministries. Funds from White Cross projects have also had a tremendous impact.
It is only through local partnerships that cross-cultural mission can flourish. Especially during a global pandemic.
Your gifts to IM throughout the year equip us to respond to situations of sudden need, and your additional giving through the One Great Hour of Sharing International COVID Appeal has meant that our ministry partners around the world had food and other much-needed supplies amid shortages.
While it is impossible in this space to show all the ways in which we have seen God at work through our global servants and partners in pandemic relief efforts, these photos illustrate a few examples.
All of IM’s partners in Africa are engaged in ministries related to COVID-19 relief and support. Highlights include making and distributing cloth masks and other personal protective equipment, and the provision of food to people who have lost their jobs and their income. Pictured here: the food distribution ministry of the United Baptist Church in Zimbabwe.
Since the second wave of COVID in India has affected Nepal, IM continues to respond to the crisis in Nepal. As Nepal’s COVID cases and deaths rise, IM is sponsoring the COVID relief programs of the Multipurpose Community Development Service (MCDS) and the Human Development and Community Service (HDCS). HDCS’s three hospitals across the country are providing PPE, oxygen and lifesaving equipment, charity service, and treatment to COVID infected patients. Pictured: Nursing staff with patient in makeshift patient care area at District Hospital Lamjung.
Through White Cross funds, the Myanmar Baptist Convention distributed 140 bags of rice, as well as beans, oil, canned fish, and other supplies, to feed hundreds of people displaced by military unrest who face heightened difficulties during the pandemic.
IM provided 43,810 common-use masks to the grassroots community in Hong Kong. The masks were distributed through a service with twelve Hong Kong churches and nongovernmental organizations.
In the Dominican Republic, through White Cross and other local partners, Global Servant Madeline Flores fed more than fifty families in March, then provided food and medicine for more than a hundred families from April to June.
Through IM’s COVID-19 grant, IM Global Servants Annie and Jeff Dieselberg and the Nightlight ministry staff in Thailand prepared daily food packs for women living on the streets; by the end of 2020, they had distributed more than 9,500 food packs and hygiene kits.