Christian groups are serving as the “hands and feet of Christ” as the death toll from the rains and flooding of South Asia’s monsoon season has risen to 1,400 people, which is nearly 20 times higher than Hurricane Harvey’s death toll of 70.
Affected countries include India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Reuters reporting on Wednesday that besides the 1,400 people killed, thousands of others have been hit by outbreaks of diarrhea, malaria and dengue.
Tens of thousands have been left living in tents, while more than 5.9 millions acres of cropland has been destroyed.
“These people need our help, and we are doing all we can to meet their needs,” said Martin Faller, deputy director of the International Federation of the Red Cross in the Asia-Pacific region.
Diarrhea and respiratory infections have affected 13,000 people in Bangladesh alone.
“Diseases such as diarrhea, malaria and dengue are on the rise in some areas and we need support to prevent further death and suffering,” said Mozharul Huq, secretary general of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.
The city of Mumbai in India and its 18.4 million population suffered some of the worst damage, with homes, businesses, hospitals and roads completely flooded.
Ministries such as the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Mission India have praised their partners on the ground, calling them the “hands and feet of Christ at this time.”
“A lot of our partners are coming alongside the community and trying to step up and help out the areas that are being severely impacted by the amount of flooding that’s taking place,” said Mission India’s Erik Morsehead in an interview with Mission Network News on Wednesday.
“I think it’s a two-prong approach. It’s definitely the urgency of just helping your neighbors, whether they’re Christians or not, and coming alongside. And with them coming alongside, it also presents the opportunity to showcase the love of Christ and the message of the Good News,” he added.
“You know, during a time when people are just losing their homes and family members, it’s an opportunity for our partners to … not only help them physically, but help them spiritually as well.”
SOURCE: Stoyan Zaimov