Do you know how to lend to the Lord? (See Proverbs 19:17 to learn how).
A couple of months ago, we wrote and asked for a second time in 2 years for contributions to NAMS COVID relief in parts of the world where NAMS has work or bases, that were facing particularly difficult times. We at NAMS thank God for those of you who gave and prayed towards this COVID-19 Relief Fund 2021, which we were able to channel to our leaders and bases in India, Nepal, Peru and Cuba, a few of the most hard-hit places.
You may remember that we shared that our NAMS South Asia Regional Team Leader Pranab Kumar has contracted COVID. See his report of full recovery below. Also, thank God that our Companion in Nepal, Kiral Pal also recovered. However, three of our NAMS Companions, Pankaj Neupane in Nepal, and our NAMS missionaries in Peru, Juan Tamayo and his daughter Melissa, are currently also COVID-19 positive. All are recovering, but please keep them in your prayers.
We would like to provide a few brief reports from how the funds were used. We are so grateful for your generous response.
Report from Pranab Kumar, NAMS Regional Team Leader – from Orissa State, India:
I was infected with Covid-19 diseases on 25th April 2021 and was admitted into the Government Hospital in Bolangir for ten days. During that time, many people died because of this diseases, but I had a great hope that I will be able to return home home. During my stay in hospital I remembered my spiritual leader once said: “Until we complete the job for which we have sent to this earth , we will yet live.”(Ed. – Based on the words from the great Anglican missionary to the Persians, Henry Martyn who said ‘While God has work for me, I cannot die.’) So it was my prayer that I would not die until I fulfilled my responsibilities to God in this world. I also prayed that God would use me to help those with COVID and bereaved families that have lost loved ones. After release from the hospital, I had a further 15 days of self-isolation at home.
We were so thankful during this time to receive funds to help in relief from NAMS. In June last month, we started to distribute the funds to 11 evangelists who were affected by COVID, as well as helping 5 families who had lost loved those affected by COVID, mostly families of other faiths. We were also able to share food relief with 16 other families. Here are just two of the reports from the help we gave:
1. Mrs. Harabati Nag of Tundla had lost her husband Harihara Nag to COVID-19, leaving her to care for her one son. She said that after her husband died, no one came to talk to them and they felt very lonely. But the Christians came with help. She wants to be part of their fellowship, as a result.
2. Mrs. Ashalata Sahu of Kansara Pada in Saintala, Bolangir District, lost her husband Papu Sahu. They have two young children. She said it was a surprise when Christian people came to help her. She was so grateful for the food relief.
Report from Pastor Prince Thomas, NAMS Regional Team Leader from Haryana State, India.
Greetings from North India. Here are few updates and testimonies of our Food Distribution project in North India. Because of Covid-19 and a complete lock down in our region, our people had been going through a very difficult time.
The situation is getting so worse in many of the rural villages and in the slums. We have opened 7 food distribution centers in 7 regions in North India through which every week we provide food packets which includes Rice, Wheat flour, cooking oil and other spices to the needy families. Normally every Saturday they come and collect the food packets. There is a growing demand for the food packets and help in our villages as it is in complete lock down. No one helps these people in these villages, only our missionaries are reaching them with help. So that has made a great impact for the Gospel – many are finding Christ.
Testimony from Puriya Das:
“I work as a laborer and lost my job two months before because of COVID and the lock down here. There is no work. I have neither savings nor received any help from the government. II look after my parents and younger sister who is handicapped along with my wife and two children. All these people depend on me. When I lost my job the entire family was in distress and in big trouble. My wife sold her gold ring and we brought food for some time and we ate only one meal in a day. Then my neighbor told me about this Pastor who helps people and I came here and told him about our situation. He and his wife came to our house and promised us two food packets every week. They shared about Jesus and prayed for us. We were so happy. Now I come here and collect food packets every week. Now we have sufficient food. Thank you for helping us.”
Two brief reports from Juan and Maida Tamayo, NAMS Companions and leaders in Lima, Peru of those helped by our COVID-19 Relief funds:
Sister Yaipsi: “Today, I want to thank our Heavenly Father for the great blessing received from all of you, my family in faith. My family and I are totally grateful for your valuable contribution and especially your prayers. May God multiply your blessings greatly and may His mercy be infinite to all of you”.
Sister Rosa: “Greetings to the NAMS brethren. Today I’d like to thank God for the great blessing which you are having you in my life. I know God is working greatly in my life with a purpose through the great act of kindness of your offering. The support of NAMS means a lot to me because it was in a moment that I was going through certain needs. Our prayers to God are powerful – their answers are reflected in the act of kindness of your offerings. I am very grateful.”.
Indeed, to all who gave and prayed, we at NAMS say ‘Thank you’ and thanks be to God.