The Casa Hogar Impact Ministry was allocated $4,300 in early December of 2020 to address the critical need for food for those in great need in the City of Chihuahua. Our goal was to provide the food prior to Christmas if possible. Pastor Gardea and his staff prepared and implemented a distribution plan and were able to provide the food in 3 communities within Chihuahua prior to Christmas, in most cases.
Ultimately, they provided food packages to 200 families representing 813 individuals. The distribution was documented as requested and appears to have been very well implemented. Children from Casa Hogar Palabra de Vida, El Porvenir, and Cuidar Corazon were able to participate in this service to their community. We are pleased that they had the opportunity to experience being on the giving side of a charitable cause, taking part in being the hands and feet of God!
Thank you for providing this wonderful and impactful ministry opportunity that was a positive impact on Casa Hogar and it’s surrounding communities!
Thank you for supporting Casa Hogar for almost 15 years!
For Cindy and I seeing these kids so happy, smiling, singing, dancing, and having fun is an amazing experience! Seeing the transition from when we first visited Chihuahua in 2006 where we saw 24 children living day to day with little to smile about, let alone dance and sing, is a testament to God’s Grace and Love! Thank you to all of the families in Arvada Covenant that have partnered with us by providing monthly support, educational scholarships, Christmas gifts, backpacks, shoes and so much more! Thank you for listening to that quiet voice in your heart that says “You can help!” God is good!
International Hope Builders has received this email from Giovanny Saybe. Gio is overseeing the ACC food distribution in Honduras.
I want to report you about the events that occurred after the passage of Hurricane ETA over Honduras.
After more than 8 months of confinement and restrictions due to COVID19, the Honduran economy was devastated. Eta began to intensify rapidly, reaching hurricane status in early November 2. Just nine hours later, Eta intensified into a major hurricane before reaching Category 4 strength just three hours later.
The northern part of our country was the most affected, with severe flooding over the departments of Cortes, Yoro and Atlantida. The cities of San Pedro Sula, Progreso, Lima, Tela, Ceiba and Puerto
Cortes, were under water in their lower and middle areas.
It is estimated that around 300,000 people were affected, losing their homes and all the possessions within them. There is still no official number of victims and disappeared, until now the search and rescue work continues, with the priority being to be able to feed the affected people.
In the western sector of Honduras, referring to Copan and Santa Barbara, the towns suffered floods and landslides in many of their villages and main streets, bridges were destroyed by the current of the rivers, many houses were destroyed by the landslides of the mountains.
In Copan, the municipality of Florida was the most affected, since many of its villages were cut off, and the passage cannot be enabled. San Nicolás suffered problems in the villages of El Modelo and Santa Teresa, whose streets were destroyed, which will affect the economy since this is the coffee cut season.
ETA caused too much damage to a Honduran economy that was already damaged, so hunger, new diseases and the re-emergence of COVID 19, may be the biggest catastrophes in history.
To this we must add that the government is wanting to control all the aid that comes from the USA, in such a way that the best way is to make the aid directly.
Many of the people who lost their homes are in temporary shelters, such as schools, schools and municipal centers, although most are in the streets and boulevards, under tents and waiting for help with clothing and food.
I leave a series of images of what is happening, they are very strong I recommend discretion.
I ask God and you for your consideration to support our country with food and supplies.
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,