India’s economy was already staggering before COVID-19 made a bad situation worse. The World Bank announced yesterday that the Indian economy will likely shrink by 3.2 percent in the current fiscal year. The previous fiscal year saw a 4.2 percent decrease. An economic hit to Asia’s third-largest economy would have global ramifications.
Erik Morsehead of Mission India says the coronavirus and lockdowns have taken their tolls on Indian day laborers. “A lot of these individuals, when they work, that’s what they bring home to eat and there’s not a lot of savings…. Obviously, if they can’t buy food, that impacts stores being able to sell things, which obviously leads to a lot of things economically.”
Mission India has been distributing Relief Kits through local Christian partners to families in need. Each relief kit provides four weeks of food and hygiene supplies to a family of four.
With the support of believers around the world, Mission India has distributed 26,000 Relief Kits so far.
“Since we’re working with our partners on the ground in India, they’re sourcing all the materials and building the kits in their regions,” Morsehead says. “So the kits may vary depending on if rice is more prevalent in that area versus another area, it could be something else. They’re very local generated. It’s not us sending things to India. It’s Christian Indians, our partners, sourcing materials.
“Then it’s being passed out to the community-at-large – Christian, non-Christian, it doesn’t matter. We’re there to help provide relief and share the love of Jesus through that interaction.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for the people of India’s emotional, physical, and spiritual health during COVID-19.
- Ask God to lead more Indian people to Himself through Mission India’s relief kits.
- Pray for Mission India’s partners to be encouraged as they distribute relief kits in Jesus’s name.