Precious is a little girl living in Uganda, the heart of Africa. Along with her mother and two siblings, she lives in a cramped house with a single room that serves as a bedroom, living room, and kitchen. Her father abandoned the family some time ago. They have tried to survive on left-over food, and too-ripe bananas meant for the trash during the pandemic. Many a night, they have slept on empty, growling stomachs. But they have not given up hope. They are followers of Jesus, and because of the generous support of resource partners like you, our AMG coworkers in Uganda have also been able to help them put food on their tables as part of our COVID-19 Food Relief ministry.

Bill Passons, our COO for International Ministries, recently shared Precious’s story with me, along with many others just like it. Sadly, there are many more families in the same situation as Precious’ family. The impact of COVID-19 has truly been devastating around the world beyond sickness. The number of people in extreme poverty has doubled by more than 100 million, a number of the combined population of California, Texas, Florida and New York. Millions of children have left school with no expectation of ever returning. An additional 10,000 children, the size of the town of Sedona, Arizona, die each month from hunger because of the pandemic restrictions. And because of the global lockdowns, experts say food production will be significantly affected in 2021. Our ministry fields are already affected, and it will be a priority for us to address this need among the people whom God has called us to serve.

This crisis will be with us for a while, even after the pandemic passes, and we need your help to meet these desperate physical needs on an ongoing basis. With your help, we CAN help children, pastors, their families and others in need. For $43, you can feed a family of four for a week. Our goal is to feed 100,000 children and adults this year. Will you prayerfully come alongside AMG to make this goal a reality?

In Matthew 25, our Lord Jesus reminds us, “…the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in… Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?… And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’”

Will you step in and provide the least of these with food to eat? In so doing, you will be lending to Jesus (Proverbs 19:17).

We can be the hands of Jesus in meeting the deepest needs of people suffering physically and spiritually and who need to find hope in Jesus. As we tangibly demonstrate His love at this time of crisis, God is using us to advance His kingdom and draw people to Him.