During the COVID-19 pandemic, several ministries and organizations are jumping on the temporary relief bandwagon. Temporary relief is sorely needed at this time with the economy at an all-time low and unemployment at an all-time high. However, not all ministries are well-equipped to meet immediate relief needs.
For example, FARMS International excels in long-term development. Through interest-free loans, they help impoverished Christians work their way out of poverty and learn how to biblically steward their finances.
FARMS’ Scott Clifton says staying the course of development will allow their ministry to be most effective in the long-run.
“For one, we don’t have all the know-how, so to speak — and there is know-how to providing relief. But also, we have the ability to see now fruit from seeds planted in years past…. There are people who have been part of FARMS programs around the world that they would be in the position to need relief right now if it wasn’t for a FARMS loan,” Clifton says.
“But because they’ve had that opportunity and they became self-sustainable, not only do they not need relief but they have the ability to give time. They have the ability to give resources and to give vegetables and food…that they wouldn’t have otherwise had.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for those FARMS is working with to be spiritually encouraged as they seek financial freedom in a pandemic.
- Ask the Lord to bless FARMS’ development programs.