The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry

With the COVID-19 numbers increasing among some of the poorest nations, it’s easy to lose hope.

Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed that we wonder if we can even make a dent in the iceberg of brokenness among the extreme poor.

If you feel this way, then keep reading about how our amazing partner churches in Bolivia have tirelessly served their communities. And as you read, feel your Hope bolstered!

Pastor Mario and children’s center director Patricia worried about all the families who rely on their ministries for food. Since the Bolivian government enacted strict pandemic restrictions, families couldn’t participate in these ministries and were going hungry.

So, Pastor Mario and Patricia prayed for a way to bring the Gospel and food to these families. Soon, they organized two teams to help. They would arrive at the church early in the morning to back fresh bread and pack lunches. The teams had to work on alternating days to comply with the Bolivian government’s strict COVID-19 rules. These servant-hearted teams prepared 500 loaves of bread and 150 lunches four days each week to distribute to the neediest homes in their community.

In the first week, the teams fed 38 families, including a desperate family with 10 hungry kids!

Patricia recalls, “We knocked on the door and a young woman named Eugenia opened the door and behind her 7 children appeared. When we explained that we had come to bring them food, she began to cry. One of the children told us they had not eaten all day.”

Eugenia’s family included 12 people (2 adults and 10 children), and they were all starving. The church’s care team washed everyone's hands, distributed the food, and left them a triple portion of bread. They prayed for Eugenia and her family, taught them how to wash their hands and disinfect household items, and updated them on local and national news.

Pastor Mario’s church continues to share food and Hope with Eugenia and her family.

It’s stories like this one in Bolivia that give me Hope as I share about how

COVID-19 has pushed poor families in Kenya over the precipice into starvation.

Would you listen to the next story with an open heart, prayerfully considering how you can help?

COVID-19 lockdowns have caused huge food shortages in many of the poorest nations on earth, including Kenya.

One of our partner churches ministers to those who live in the Kariobangi slum in Nairobi. Many of these Christian families go to bed hungry every night. Can you imagine, little children, who need nutritious food to grow, falling asleep with grumbling tummies, night after night? Heartbreaking!

These hungry families need your help! Would you consider a gift of $20 that will provide food vouchers to struggling families in Kenya, and enable us to meet other urgent needs?

As I think about the believers in desperate need in Kenya, I can’t help but think about how Acts 2:34-35 describes the church: “There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.”

If you have anything to share, now is the time!

The Bright Hope Promise

Bright Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We have been engaging the local church around the world for more than 45 years in the global fight against extreme poverty in their communities. We are committed to helping the extreme poor with the most effective and efficient methods, and we promise to treat every penny donated as if God, Himself, gave it to us.