Because of the struggling economy, more and more U.S. families are facing hunger for the first time. Over 16 million children live in food insecure households. But local churches are stepping in to care for the needs of the families in their communities by bringing Food Paks and the truth of the gospel to their doors.
Over half of Mexico’s population faces the sad reality of life in poverty. When the pastor of a local church delivers a Food Pak to the door of a family suffering in poverty, he is able to show God’s mercy and open a door for the gospel message.
Even though it has been four years since the devastating Haiti earthquake, many children and families still don’t have sufficient shelter to protect them from the harsh Caribbean weather. Local churches are doing all they can to care for the orphans and the families who desperately need to know God’s comfort in times of trouble.
The beauty and romance of the Caribbean often disguises the sad truth of deep, generational poverty that keeps so many children and families struggling to survive. When local churches visit the homes of poor families, they provide food to satisfy their immediate needs. Through regular visits, relationships are built and doors are opened to the gospel.
In the garbage dumps of Guatemala, children and families build their housing out of whatever refuse they can find. They spend their days searching for items to sell so they will have enough money to feed themselves. In situations like these, the unselfish care of a local church makes all the difference.
Whole villages of families and children struggle to survive on the only homeland they’ve ever known. Lacking basic services like sewage and clean water, children grow up under extremely unhealthy conditions. CHF’s newest Mercy Network delivers food and hope to the children living here.
Many poor Peruvians in extremely impoverished areas called “pueblos jovenes” without electricity or running water. The resulting poverty in these communities is overwhelming. We partner with local pastors who target these areas for aid and development. They hope to provide for the temporary physical needs and their eternal spiritual needs.
CHF’s Mercy Network in Ghana declares the good news of new life in Jesus Christ to the poor children and families they serve. Many of the families served are considered outcasts within their communities due to generational superstitions, so they welcome the loving care the church provides and embrace the life-giving truth of God’s love.
The churches in CHF’s Uganda Mercy Network seek to provide more than just food to those suffering in poverty. They work with the families they serve to teach them skills, like farming and tailoring, which will enable them to provide for their children when they see their own good harvest.
For Rwandans, the pain of the 1994 genocide is still fresh, making it difficult love their neighbors who were once their enemies. But the local churches in CHF’s Mercy Network are building bridges over chasms of hatred by introducing the hope and forgiveness found in the gospel through deeds of mercy.
In Zimbabwe, where hyper-inflation, famine, and political unrest are the way of life, a mother’s only hope for the future might be that her family will have food tomorrow. Children’s Hunger Fund equips local churches with food and in-depth biblical training so that they may change the future for every family they serve.
Known as the last dictatorship in Eastern Europe, Belarus remains both politically and economically unstable. The church is at the forefront of serving many government-run orphanages. Most of the churches we serve have adopted local orphanages in their communities or villages serving up to several hundred children.
Following the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine raced toward democracy and trade with western nations. While their economy improved, the depth of spiritual poverty became all the more apparent. Today, several churches, dedicated to sharing the gospel with the poor, are taking food to hungry families in their communities and caring for their deepest needs.
In the hill-tribe areas of Northern Thailand, human traffickers prey on the ignorance and poverty of families. Sadly, they are deceived into giving their children into slavery and are never heard from again. The local churches we serve seek to infuse their villages with the truth of the gospel, stopping the flow of human trafficking at its source.
In Nepal, CHF’s Mercy Network is made up of pastors who have made the adoption of street orphans as much a part of ministry as singing or praying. In addition to caring for the poor in their communities, they open their homes to lost and forgotten orphans, caring for their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs – especially their need for love.