The global economy hasn’t looked this bad since the Great Depression. A new report from the International Labor Organization says last year, job losses due to COVID-19 were four times as bad as the 2009 financial crisis.
Small business owners everywhere feel the hit, especially in Pakistan. More about that here.
“There are many Christian small businesses; a little welding shop or, you know, auto repair or something like that. The COVID lockdowns last year, not the COVID infection so much, but the lockdowns put most of them out of business. It’s a [dire] situation that I’m very concerned about,” says Jonathan*, a Christian worker focused on Pakistan.
There are no social safety nets during hard times like these.
“The government doesn’t have resources for unemployment insurance or COVID checks. There is nothing like that in Pakistan,” Jonathan explains.
“During the COVID lockdowns, the government did have a program for poor people either to get small cash grants or food handouts. There are a lot of reports of Christians not being able to access that.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to connect entrepreneurial Pakistani believers with Jonathan and his team.
- Pray this new program will grow quickly and support many ministries and believers.