Hunger may kill more people that COVID-19!
It is reported that “an estimated 122 million more people could be pushed to the brink of starvation this year as a result of the social and economic fallout from the pandemic including through mass unemployment, disruption to food production and supplies, and declining aid. This equates to as many as 12,000 people dying every day while the global mortality rate for COVID-19 reached a peak of 10,000 deaths per day in April 2020. The knock-on impacts of COVID-19 are far more widespread than the virus itself, pushing millions of the world’s poorest people deeper into hunger and poverty. It is vital governments contain the spread of this deadly disease, but they must also prevent it killing as many – if not more – people from hunger”.
In light of this information and the reports from our own Impact Ministry teams on the ground, we believe that this is a time when the Church needs to step up, not step back! We understand the financial pressures the pandemic and government restrictions has placed upon churches such as Arvada Covenant, but we feel challenged to step up and be the hands and feet of God in this time, maybe more than ever before.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues we are learning more about the challenges it is placing on our ministry communities around the world. Three of our Impact Ministries, GuateStar, International Hope Builders, and Ignite Myanmar, have each identified an immediate need for food distribution. Each of these ministries is already providing food distribution in the field and has the ability to scale up that distribution as needed to serve their local populations.
Serve Globally has already acted to meet the food needs of these communities by distributing $13,300 equally between these 3 ministries from our reserve funds but much more is needed. This is a real opportunity to “IMPACT OUR WORLD”!
For more information on the impact of COVID-19 see these articles,
Keep an eye on this blog to learn more about ACC’s COVID-19 HUNGER INITIATIVE.