Two states in India have been devastated by flood waters. Over 1.5 million people have been left homeless as water raged for days. People were trapped. Stories of entire families clinging to the highest object they could find--a tree or rooftop--are plentiful. They say that once the water subsided, they were left to look at homes covered in mud and soot.
Gospel for Asia missionaries and relief workers have been on the scene giving aid and hope to those in need. The GFA website has several articles as well as short videos on what has been taking place and how our ministry is stepping in to lend a hand.
Take a moment to visit the GFA website--watch a few videos, look at a photo slide show, read an article, and PRAY!
It's sometimes hard for me to empathize with people half a world away. I don't have to live up close and personal with their pain and agony every day--if I choose not to. But, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I don't think I have that choice. My life was bought at a very high price. I'm asked to give it in return. Give it to Him, give it to others. The least I can do is be informed and pray. Then I can pray about giving, not just my time and prayers, but also my money.
This devastating flood has just occurred. The GFA Christmas Gift Catalog has just been published and mailed out. Through the Catalog, you can give tangible gifts to those in need throughout Asia. One way we can help those in Karnataka and Andra Pradesh (the areas hit by the flooding) is to give Jesus Wells, biosand water filters, chickens, and water buffalo. Many folks lost everything they had, including their animals--their livelihood.
I could ask for a lot of things for Christmas. But, they would be just that--things. Or, I could ask that you give hope and life to those who need it most. So, that's what I'm asking. Pray. And, give.