Even as their own resources have dwindled amid the global coronavirus crisis, local missionaries in the Philippines are taking extraordinary measures to get aid to needy people hit by the pandemic.
Before transportation was banned in his area, one volunteer missionary took a part-time job as a taxi driver to survive; paying half of his proceeds to the taxi owner for the rental of the vehicle, he earned enough to buy only two kilos of rice for himself. He also picked up goods to be distributed to the needy under the ministry’s care, but the next day he fell ill and self-quarantined, the ministry leader said.
As the symptoms of the novel coronavirus mimic those of the flu, the worker, like hundreds of thousands of people around the world, did not know if he had contracted the potentially deadly virus.
“Praise God, his health condition improved,” the leader said. “We are planning to bring more food supplies and some essentials in their outreach. We’re purchasing, packaging and distributing goods to volunteers for them to distribute.”
With the ministry’s usual feeding center program closed, workers are picking up some goods and bringing them to needy children’s houses, she said.
“This is our fourth batch doing the distribution,” the leader said. “By next week, we need to buy more goods, and again we’ll be travelling to rural areas bringing some supplies. Please pray for God’s protection and provision that we can buy more sacks of rice, vitamins, groceries and some essentials.”
The Philippines is in lock-down, but some of the ministry’s volunteers have a “quarantine pass” to go outside.
“They helped in hauling the goods for distribution, of course with precautionary measures,” she said.
Workers were able to distribute in each bag five kilos of rice, a dozen eggs and other grocery items, with vitamins and other essential items given separately.
“It is a scary time for many families who can’t earn to meet their basic needs – no means for food and even for sanitation products,” the leader said. “We are scheduled to buy more vitamin C, hygiene and sanitation products; we will be going from one pharmacy to gather more.”
Local missionaries planned to return to a remote area not impacted by the pandemic to distribute those items, after distributing some in a squatter area of the city where the ministry is based.
“Even in this chaotic situation, we can rest in His faithfulness,” the leader said. “Though sometimes we can’t fully understand, our loving God is trustworthy in every challenging situation. The Lord never leaves us alone during adversity. Together, let us continue to pray that we will gain courage to persevere in this present world crisis, and we will be able to face it with confidence through Christ as we trust Him.”
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SOURCE: Christian Aid Mission