COVID-19: What could God supply?
In January Miss N traveled to her home country of Nepal from Kenya, the place of her captivity. Through partnership with IJM (International Justice Mission), The Apple of God’s Eyes ministry received her, “safe into our family ready to rebuild her life.” Before COVID-19 intensified the vulnerability of the region, reports indicated a growing flow of Asian children into Kenya to meet the brothel demand of Asian clients. National leaders of The Apple of God’s Eyes, Silvio and Rosmari, know, “Nepalese ladies are easy prey.”
And then came Coronavirus.
Since Coronavirus reached into the isolated, dark spaces of South Asia, the fragile economy has collapsed one daily worker at a time. Restrictions around movement and transportation impact the society functioning with a system of single day-single pay labor. Resources for food “today” and “tomorrow” has been cut off for so many. Imports from India largely ceased, resulting in scarcity of basic supplies and high prices for what is available.
With little warning, sheltering 140 children and staff caring for them has gotten much more expensive. In addition, The Apple of God's Eyes (AOGE) serves a wider community of people and church with Gospel-centered ministry. At the same time, financial partnership support has waned as even wealthier economies feel the Coronavirus impact. AOGE regularly provides financial reports, audit-reports, and photos for partners who invest in their work financially and in prayer. On average, $3,000 supports the needs of a whole home for 34 individuals with housing, food, medical needs, operational support, and schooling.
The Apple of God’s Eyes works daily against the darkness damaging the lives of vulnerable children. As COVID-19 adds a new layer of darkness, leaders creatively address growing needs by maximizing resources.
To care for the needs of the children who call AOGE home, leaders asked a question: What could God supply with what we already have?
- They have structural irons from a structure no longer used.
- They have space outside the city where they can grow food.
- They have some roofing and iron bars to use for chicken houses.
- They have knowledge to build greenhouses and chicken houses.
- They have the power of prayer and faith in the God who provides.
If they started from scratch, costs would be more, but they want to begin with what they have. As God provides, they want to add a pigsty and more growing equipment. They’re praying for materials like PVC pipes, re-bar, and plastic to complete the projects and see what God provides.
What could God supply with what we already have? If you want to partner with The Apple of God’s Eyes to provide for children like Miss N, you can give a gift below or learn more. "Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings." (Psalm 17:8)