The Covid-19 pandemic along with the looming drought in Kenya has left many people very vulnerable in the Turkana region. Children of the Kingdom students studying agriculture in colleges came together this spring and brainstormed ways they could apply their skills to make a difference in this crisis. Along with Veronica Lemuya’s help, they asked the government to give them a piece of land to plant some crops which then would be sold at low prices and shared with those in need. This property is located by the river, and they are using a solar-powered drip irrigation system. See below to see some of the fruits of their labor and the way they are giving back to the community. Seeing watermelons growing in the desert is guaranteed to bring you some hope for the days ahead.
India's second wave of Covid-19 has been devastating, and Ratnakar Thota (our director in India) has shared the sad news that friends of theirs have died this past week from Covid.
We were able to send funds over for some supplies to keep families healthy while we wait for the vaccine to become available for them, and Ratnakar gathered a small team that was able to distribute items to families last week. We are grateful for the generosity of Children of the Kingdom donors who made this possible.
The Los Angeles Times reported today that "about 12% of Indians have received at least one dose. The number of shots administered daily has fallen steadily since a peak in April due to shortages. What’s available is going overwhelmingly to those who live in cities. The pandemic is laying bare the frailty of public health in rural India. It’s further exposing the inequality."
I share this reflection from Cameron Bellm and ask you to continue to pray for God's mercy and grace to abound for our Children of the Kingdom families in India.
"Where is God when terrible things happen?
Right in the middle of it,
holding us close.
Walk straight into his comforting arms."