Unprecedented times... That phrase is becoming cliche, but it's true. There has hardly been anything like the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. It started in China and moved worldwide, hitting certain areas like northern Italy and New York City the hardest. With months of quarantine and stay at home orders, governments and medical professionals have tried to slow the spread of the virus, several times as contagious as the flu. Be assured though, this is a pandemic. The word Pandemic comes to us from the Greek: pan, meaning all, and dêmos meaning people. This virus has affected all people, especially those in the most impoverished countries.
While the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are very real in NWA & the US, the economic effects are hitting hardest around the world in developing countries. Most developing nations lack the sanitation, infrastructure, and medical capabilities to keep a virus like Covid-19 at bay. Because of this lack of ability to handle the crisis, many world governments have responded with harsh limitations. While I have "suffered" not being able to find some of the items that I wanted in the grocery stores, most of our global workers are under military lockdowns with soldiers in the streets. They are unable to leave their homes but once every two weeks and even then for only a few hours. For the most part, when it comes to the people that our Global Workers are ministering to, there is no "work from home" option. There are no smart devices, high speed internet, or even jobs where one could have an online option. Most people in these nations have day jobs that require hard labor. In the words of one of our New Heights global workers "3rd world nations don't have a middle class and live hand to mouth. They can't weather a storm like this." People are suffering and many are starving.
During these difficult times, many of our global workers are living and ministering to people in these nations that need help. Several of our Global Workers have asked New Heights Church and the NWA community for additional funds to help feed starving people. In response to this New Heights Church and Global Outfitters have created the Global Compassion Fund. Any tax deductible donation you make to this fund will go directly in the hands of our global workers to purchase food and necessities to people in need. For security reasons, we will not publish specifically where and who the funds are going to. Lord willing, the food and supplies you help provide will allow for much needed sustenance as well as greater opportunities for our Global Workers to honor the Lord and Share the Gospel.
I consider myself a foodie and do most of the cooking in our home. Most evenings I usually feel the urge to complain, to grumble to my wife about ordering take out because I am sick of cooking every night for past 3 months. I get frustrated about the long lines in the drive through. When I feel that urge ro grumble, I will remember that there are people that are truly hungry. Not just for hungry for food in their belly's, but for spiritual nourishment. Jesus is the Bread of life that will forever satisfy every spiritual hunger.
“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”