Thursday, March 31, 2016

Malawi Famine Relief

$20 is pocket change for most of us in middle class America. I know that my family spends more than that on one fast food meal.

But for a family in Malawi, $20 per month for the next year will mean the difference between living and dying. 

Droughts and floods have combined in the past year to completely devastate crops in the southern region of Malawi, and the people are already beginning to go hungry.  Most people in the villages are subsistence farmers who only eat what they can grow, and some may grow a little extra to sell at the market. But if the crops don't grow, they have neither food nor money to buy food.

A man stands in his corn field that hasn't produced any ears of corn this year because of the drought.
Eric and Stephanie Chapman are our friends and missionaries in Malawi. They work with around 200 village churches to spread the gospel and train church leaders. Eric has been visiting villages lately, and he has seen that the people are already looking thinner and more sickly because of food shortages.

In one village he visited they were eating wild grass, and in another they were eating a bitter root that has to be cooked 3 times to get the poison out of it or else it will kill them. But the people are starving and desperate. Without relief, many Malawians will die in the coming year, especially children and the elderly.

A bowl of the wild grass that some have gathered to eat. But the grass won't last long now that the rainy season is over.
Eric has been praying and talking to people, and he has developed a plan to buy and distribute corn to the believers in the village churches through the pastors.  This is dangerous work, as riots and even murders are not uncommon over food during times of famine. But as he put it in his last newsletter, "how can I turn a blind eye to such a need?"

I'm challenging you to give $20 a month for a year, which will help a family of four in Malawi make it through this next year of famine. 

Many of us can afford to part with more than $20 per month and help multiple families. Please prayerfully consider making this small sacrifice so that others could live.

To give, please follow this link to the donate page of Eric & Stephanie's website, EurAsian Baptist Mission. Toward the bottom you will see options for designating your donation, and you'll fill in your donation amount beside "for African Hunger." You can choose to give a one-time gift or a monthly donation from your bank account or credit card.

If you're more old school and would prefer to send a check, you can send it to:
EurAsian Baptist Mission
6847 N. 9th Ave., Suite A #332
Pensacola, FL 32504

EurAsian Baptist Mission is a non-profit organization registered with the state of Florida as a 501(c)3. All gifts are tax deductible, and givers will be sent a receipt by mail or email to be used for tax purposes.

One-time gifts are of course welcome and very helpful, but remember that this is a need that is going to last until the next harvest in April 2017, and a monthly donation of $20 or more is what is most needed.

"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" (James 2:14-16 ESV)

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