A helping hand builds relationships

Although our work is looking much different for us now amid this worldwide pandemic, we continue finding ways to serve God in the communities to bring light and hope. Today’s story comes from our Health Care Site Staff in Santiago, April, Brenda, and Jhanna, who continue building relationships with those in need.

“Thank you. It truly was the Lord that brought us together. I needed this.” These were the sincere words a woman that lives alone in Quinigua said to us as we handed her a food basket.

Adilene is another of our patients in the clinic in Cienfuegos. She is a widowed 87-year-old who is living with and raising four of her grandchildren. When we went to visit her house, they did not have any food at all. She was so grateful for the package we were able to give her because it meant that her family would have enough to eat in these difficult times.

As we’ve been working with the food care packages project, we’ve had moments of seeing God at work and present in the homes where we are supporting the families with food. Galatians 6:9-10 came to mind in this situation, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” We are so grateful that we can support our brothers and sisters in Christ during this time, believing in God’s provision to fulfill all our needs.

As a ministry, we are used to finding new ways and implementing different tools to help in the community’s development. Since the COVID-19 shock, our priority has shifted from development to relief, and the food basket project is one example. However, something that has not changed is our passion for sharing that our hope is in Christ alone.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reduce our face-to-face interaction, which is difficult for a relationship-focused ministry like ours. While this may feel like a setback, it has also allowed us to help and continue creating relationships with our community members who are most in need.

This pandemic will significantly impact the poor and marginalized. Our food care package project is our new initiative to continue our ministry’s alleviation of this impact. Through donations, we have been able to provide food care packages with food and personal hygiene products to serve 250 people weekly.

Please continue praying for our ministry and the members of the communities that we are serving. We ask that you would pray for God’s provision so that we may continue delivering items to those in need.