A group of Christians in Sri Lanka is distributing COVID-19 emergency relief – and it’s not their first time responding in a crisis.
Last year, Easter bombings in Sri Lanka killed over 290 people and wounded hundreds more. It was called one of the worst terror attacks in this century. Believers with FARMS Lanka responded with aid for victims and their families; some of these families still continue to get relief from the program today.
In light of the current pandemic, FARMS Lanka is also distributing dry food packets to poor Sri Lankan believers affected by pandemic shutdowns. These food packets include lentils, rice, milk powder, onions, canned fish, biscuits, and more. They have also coordinated supplies of face masks, gloves, and sanitizers at the request of local officials.
FARMS International combines Christian stewardship with interest-free loans to lift families out of poverty. They began the FARMS Lanka program in 1973 and the program eventually became self-sustaining in 2005. Although FARMS Lanka has operated independently for 15 years, FARMS International keeps in touch.
Scott Clifton, Executive Director of FARMS International explains, “We can maintain communication but don’t need to consider them as part of our oversight. So it’s really an encouraging thing that a program can graduate and can continue on long after our involvement. We hope that there’s lots of multiplication that happens in this way.”
As the Sri Lankan government works to contain the coronavirus, they have imposed strict curfews, social distancing regulations, and other hygiene measures.
Clarence Mendis, FARMS Lanka’s General Manager, reported that they are working with Disaster Management Officials, Community Based Organizations, community leaders, and churches to provide emergency relief.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for FARMS Lanka to have an impact through their example of Jesus’s love.
- Ask the Lord to protect Sri Lankans who are struggling financially and spiritually.
- Pray for our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters in Christ to be filled with joy as they serve.