Coronavirus: Fellowship in the Slums of India
On an April morning in a slum hidden inside India’s capital city, a family gathers in their home of blue painted bricks. Old and young sit on the cold cement floor covered with a sheet and framed by neat stacks of belongings. Sitting cross-legged side by side, they gather around a mobile phone to join their church in worshipping the true God.
India has been on Coronavirus lockdown since March 22nd. On Sunday, April 5th, the nation came together in a candlelight show of unity in the global crisis. Millions pray to idols made by hands in hopes of protection from COVID-19, but the family gathering around their phone knows who has authority over disease and health, life and death. The people of their church fellowship aren’t able to come to their usual basement space to worship, but their faith in Christ connects them still.
How is the church managing this global crisis in India?
- The church is meeting online each Sunday.
- The leader Paul continues to meet with his team through varied internet formats.
- Discipleship meetings go on using technology to connect.
- Ending their fellowship isn’t an option.
- Ministry leaders are being creative.
- Leaders used one of their last gatherings to include a hygiene lesson.
- The team organized their resources to meet the needs of the people.
Paul says, “The poor are the ones suffering the most, as they have no jobs at this time and all transportation services were suddenly shut down; there was very little warning. Many were stuck and had to walk many miles to get home … they do not have the advance money needed to stock up on food.”
Supplies for a family depend on the number of people each household includes, but also their level of poverty. In general, leaders allot $5 per day for each person for food. $10 a day for a whole family is a bare minimum. In caring for the church family, these costs add up.
“Before the lockdown,” Paul says, “we purchased hundreds of kilograms of staple food items to help provide for the families in our church and in our non-profit organization. We are so thankful God helped to give us this foresight, as we’ve been able to help give to slum families much needed food items.”
God works when like-minded believers bring together their own gifts and resources across cultures to work toward a common Gospel goal.
Live Global exists to build global partnerships for the glory of God. If you’d like to partner with Paul and his team to support believers in the slums of India during this crisis, you can take one of these steps:
- CLICK HERE to learn more about Paul and the ministry he leads.
- CLICK HERE to read past updates about how this work has grown.
- Scroll down to MAKE A DIFFERENCE with a gift to buy a family food.
- CLICK HERE to start praying about needs among national parters.
- CLICK HERE to learn about how you can serve in the slums or in other opportunities like this one in India.