In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gospel for Asia (GFA) pastor Yaphet and other Gospel for Asia (GFA) missionaries have marched to the fringes of society to bring help and hope to people in despair, people such as Callon and Sada. Their most demanding adversary? Hunger.
Fear of starvation drove Callon to take on debt they couldn’t afford and drove Sada to forage in the forest for food. They were desperate, for themselves and for their young daughters, to survive.
Laboring to Survive
Before the pandemic, Callon and Sada worked multiple jobs to earn a humble income that would provide for their two young daughters. With no land of their own, Callon worked as a daily laborer. Sometimes he left home for months at a time to earn a better living in the city as a construction worker. Other times he worked at a local brick kiln two or three times a week. When his earnings at the kiln weren’t enough, he’d travel four miles to the forest to collect firewood. He would then haul the firewood more than six miles to the market in a neighboring village to sell his load for less than $3.
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There are many men, women and children still reeling from the effects of the pandemic. They are struggling just to survive, reaching desperately for a lifeline. When Jesus saw the hungry multitude, He responded with compassion, feeding the people in their time of need (see Matthew 15:32-28). You can join the efforts to offer the hungry people of Asia and Africa help and hope in their time of need.
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