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A Midnight Food Distribution

It was midnight. In a highly restricted country in Africa, a group of people waited eagerly as believers handed out rice, flour, pasta, lentils, and oil. Among the group were widows, families with loved ones in prison, and elderly people. Each story was different, but everyone had come with a common dilemma: they didn’t know how they would feed their families in the coming weeks.

In this hardline country, food insecurity is all too common. Since opportunities are limited, many people
rely on the incomes of relatives or friends who have left for other countries. Conflict in the region has cut off supply lines, leaving people even more susceptible to hunger. Widowed mothers find it especially hard to feed their children. Some sell vegetables to passersby for a small income, and others turn to begging.

Funds from the World Hunger Fund enabled local believers in this country to distribute basic food supplies to 20 families. For security and privacy reasons, the distribution took place at midnight. Each family was given food and a chance to share their story. The believers also took the opportunity to pray with each recipient and share the Gospel. They reported that recipients “were all overflowing with joy to be guaranteed a meal for the next few weeks.” For now, tears of joy replaced the stress of hungry stomachs.

Eden* was one recipient. Five years ago, her husband was imprisoned for his faith. Eden and her son would visit her husband in prison three times a week, bringing him food and encouraging him to remain steadfast. But recently, Eden’s son was taken by force into the army. Now she is alone, struggling to provide for herself while caring for her husband suffering in prison. We pray the food distribution was a source of physical relief and spiritual encouragement for Eden.

Hunger is not isolated to this restricted African country. Over 349 million people, more than the population of the United States, face acute hunger in various countries (source: World Food Programme). With food prices rising, people who already spend most of their income on food face even greater challenges.

Through staff, trusted contacts, and your support of the World Hunger Fund, we are responding to the food crisis in various places around the globe. The needs surpass what we can provide, but we thank you for enabling hot meals for the homeless in Belarus, midnight food distributions in a restricted country,
food boxes for drought-stricken Kenyans, and other food relief across the world.

Some of the countries helped by the World Hunger Fund in 2023:
Niger, Mauritania, Madagascar, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Haiti, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Nicaragua, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Israel, Tajikistan, Belarus, South Sudan, Colombia, Peru, Sudan, Libya

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Ministering to Prisoners in Haiti

From deep inside an appalling Haitian prison, desperate cries for water could be heard. A few days had passed since the prisoners had eaten food or drank water. Because of gang activity in the area, people were afraid to travel to the prison to bring much-needed food and water.

Through the World Hunger Fund, contacts were able to provide food to this prison in Croix-des- ouquets, Haiti. Inmates were overcome with joy as the aroma of rice, beans, and fried chicken wafted down the prison corridors. Because these Christians risked their lives to bring food, the prisoners understood that Jesus’ love was real. Many inmates opened their hearts as Christian workers ministered to them and shared the Gospel. That day, four prisoners knelt in their cells, saying they wanted to become followers of Jesus. They testified that if they had found Jesus earlier, they would never have committed the crimes that placed them behind the bars of this dreadful place.

Please pray for our contacts in Haiti as they face danger and tremendous needs. Pray for safety and wisdom as they minister throughout the country.

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Food for hungry Haitian schoolchildren

Many of Haiti’s people know hunger all too well. Lawlessness and lack of fuel are driving up food prices. Basic items like rice, beans, and cooking oil have become luxuries for many people.
“What we are now living [are] the worst moments in the history of our country Haiti,” says a Haitian pastor.
Some children of struggling families depend on the meals at school for nourishment. The same pastor wrote, “The food served in the school is all that many of the [children] get sometimes.” But the schools haven’t escaped the crisis either. “Some . . . are on the verge of closing due to the dire economic situation” the pastor shared.
To help, we are providing food for 2,150 Haitian students* for six months. Please pray that this would help fill hungry stomachs and draw young hearts to Jesus, the source of true nourishment.
*These students are from schools not sponsored through Haiti-Sponsor-A-Child.
 

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Conflict, drought, and inflation creates severe hunger

Conflict, drought, and inflation creates severe hunger.

Severe hunger is a reality across the world. This reality can be seen in numbers: More than 800 million people go to bed hungry every night according to the World Food Programme (WFP). Parents can feel hunger’s effects when they skip a meal at times so their children receive the nourishment they need. Hunger’s desperation can be heard in a Yemeni mother’s words, “We have nothing to eat at home.” 

Hunger is a growing reality around the world.

Various factors contribute to this rise. 

    • Conflict: Violence is one of the main drivers of hunger, with nearly 60 percent of the world’s hungry living in conflict areas (WFP). The war between Russia and Ukraine, which are some of the world’s top wheat producers, has made for sporadic grain exports and spiked food costs. 
    • Economic fall-out from COVID-19: Many economies are still trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, which closed businesses and left millions of people jobless. 
    • Droughts, floods, and other severe weather: Eastern Africa has experienced years of little rain. A staff member who recently visited Ethiopia said, “There has been no harvest for five seasons . . . They say even the camels are dying now, which has never happened in anyone’s memory.”
    • Inflation: Inflation’s effects can be felt all around the world. For many Americans, this might mean trying harder to save our money here or there. But for people barely able to provide what their family needs to survive, rising prices bring fears that they will go hungry or even starve.

Responding to the hunger crisis
Samburu County in northern Kenya is a harsh place with rugged terrain. The land has received almost no rain in the past three years. This drought is forcing people to eat the few plants and berries that survive. Some say they eat only one meal a day, if that. 

 Laden with food parcels and literature, our staff members in Kenya visited several communities deep in the Samburu bush. One staff member said the boxes brought hope, “even though in our minds this small gift seemed wildly insufficient to meet the overwhelming needs we found.” 

 In Belarus, a mother shared tearfully, “The shelves were completely empty: no cereals, no pasta, nothing that could be cooked for [my children] . . . I prayed to God . . . And then you called me to a Christian meeting. We really enjoyed it. We also carried home a heavy bag of groceries. Thank you very much for your care! And thank God!” 

 In conflict-riddled Yemen, spiking food prices make daily survival a struggle for many people. Aaida,* a Yemeni mother, said, “We had to beg from neighbors for food to quiet our hunger. Recently, very little food remained in the house, but you called us to come and get our food . . . I found new hope and a renewed desire to live.” 

 Your support of the World Hunger Fund enables us to respond to some of these needs by providing food as well as funding some projects that enable people to produce their own food. These physical avenues open doors to share spiritual nourishment in Christ. After a widowed mother in Belarus received food she exclaimed, “There is a God in the world! . . . Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

God bless you for caring. 


*Name is changed to protect identity.

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Food shortages worldwide hunger

Food shortages, Christian Aid ministries

From Liberia’s bush to Sudan’s sandy desert, from overpopulated cities of India to tiny mountain villages in Haiti, millions of people across the globe face one common enemy: hunger. According to the World Food Programme, a record 345 million people in 82 countries are experiencing hunger and starvation due to a global food shortage.

Through CAM’s World Hunger Fund, we work with staff members and contacts to research and respond to the food crisis in various places around the globe. While most funds are used to purchase food, we also support projects that enable people to grow or produce their own food.

In Yemen, some desperate families search through garbage for food. Faris* is a struggling Yemeni father of 12. His daily income is not enough to provide even one meal to satisfy his children’s hunger. He also needs to purchase medicine for his father who has cancer.

When Faris and his family received food from CAM contacts, his children were thrilled. “My children were jumping with happiness when they received the food items,” Faris said. “This is the first time someone has remembered and helped us with such amazing items. Thank you so much.”


“My children were jumping with happiness when they received the food items.” —Faris, Yemeni father


In Eastern Europe, Ukraine is well known for its fertile farmland. Many African and Middle Eastern countries used to import much of their grain from Ukraine. But since the Russian invasion, grain exports have been sporadic, making food prices rise in many dependent countries. Ukrainians also struggle to find enough to eat since food prices skyrocketed. CAM is sending sea containers of food items and providing funds to purchase food in Ukraine, which our staff members and contacts distribute through churches.

In northern Kenya, some regions haven’t received rain for three years. Desert plants are shriveling up and livestock is dying. Staff members recently delivered food parcels in a remote region that hardly seems inhabitable. They gave out 300 parcels, one to each household.

In parts of Mauritania, an impoverished country in northwest Africa, unemployment, drought, and soaring food prices have crippled the economy. CAM contacts recently distributed a month’s supply of food to 140 families.

“Happy is he . . . whose hope is in the Lord his God… which giveth food to the hungry…” (Psalm 146:5, 7)

*Name is changed to protect identity.

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Global food crisis leads to worldwide hunger

Global food crisis, Christian Aid Ministries

A global food crisis is causing more than 825 million people to endure the daily pain of hunger. Rising food prices threaten many who are living on the edge and can afford only enough food for one or two meals per day. Starvation is a heartbreaking reality for others who cannot even afford daily nutrients.

 War worsens the global food crisis  

Costs are at an all-time high since the COVID-19 pandemic and recent conflicts. The raging war in Ukraine turned the country from the breadbasket of the world to a humanitarian aid recipient. Ukraine used to produce enough food for an average of 400 million people each year. Earlier this year the conflict cut off most wheat and corn exports, which drastically affected North Africa and the Middle East. Both areas received around 30 percent of their grain from Ukraine and Russia.

Global food crisis, Christian Aid Ministries

Other ongoing conflicts such as the eight-year war in Yemen depleted its people of funds to afford basic needs. It is estimated that 60 percent of people enduring hunger currently live in areas of violence.

The fertilizer and fuel delivery problems also feed the global food crisis. As the fuel price to export or transport food escalates, so does the food price. A fertilizer shortage is also affecting the production of crops. This increases the demand for food along with the cost.

Global food crisis, Christian Aid Ministries
Egypt

Some places have seen food prices double in the last two years! People living in poverty before the global food crisis are in more desperate need than ever.

CAM is working with staff members and contacts to provide food to places around the globe that are in critical need. We also plan to support projects that enable people to grow their own food.

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Rising Food Prices Lead to Starvation

Rising Food Prices, Christian Aid Minstries

Rising food prices are being noticed everywhere. We go to the store and realize our small pile of groceries in the shopping cart will cost over $100. It adds up fast:

  • Milk: $3.50/gallon
  • Eggs: $2.50/dozen
  • Beef: $8.00/pound
  • Cereal: box is 50% thinner
  • Orange juice: $7.98/gallon

We grimace, pay the bill, skimp a little bit here and there, and move on. We hardly know what it means to go to bed hungry. Less thinkable yet is the fear that our children might die from lack of food.


“Today we did not eat anything, and we do not know how to continue to live” -Kyrgyzstan


In many places across the globe, the pain of rising food prices goes much deeper. Some people are simply unable to buy enough food. One family from Kyrgyzstan said, “Yesterday we ran out of food. Today we did not eat anything, and we did not know how to continue to live.”

Rising Food Prices, Christian Aid Minstries
Widow with CAM food aid.

A widow and mother of six children stated, “If it were not for the help of believers, [we] would probably have starved to death.”

 Hotspot countries facing crises

India continues to suffer from the ongoing economic fallout of COVID-19. Lockdowns destroyed important business infrastructure and the country’s poor have struggled to recover.

Ukraine and Russia export 30-40% of the world’s grain supply. Since the war, Ukraine exported very little grain. In some African countries, wheat prices tripled.

In Yemen, years of violence are devastating the economy, displacing millions, and pushing food prices out of the reach of many. Spiking global grain prices are adding further strain.

Syria has faced years of civil war. Although much of the fighting has subsided, the economy is in shambles. In fact, our contacts report more difficult circumstances than during the war.

In regions of Kenya, a famine brought on by three years of little rainfall is causing widespread suffering. Crops are drying up and livestock are dying.

In response to cries for food from various countries, CAM developed the World Hunger Fund.

Through your generous support, we are able to provide ongoing food-related assistance in Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, India, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, and various other countries. Most funds donated to the World Hunger Fund are used to purchase food. We also support projects that enable people to grow or produce their own food.

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Families Struggle to Feed Their Hungry Children

Hungry Children, Christian Aid Ministries

Families from impoverished communities are struggling to feed their hungry children. “Food prices are sky-high,” the people of Haiti report. “Fathers are struggling to feed their families. Our children are very hungry.” One of our staff members who recently visited Haiti heard these stories of believers and other Haitians struggling to afford food. Hungry children are not just found in Haiti, but worldwide.

High food prices, wars, and other problems have created a global hunger crisis. The United Nations estimates that 811 million people across the globe now go to bed hungry. The number of people facing severe food insecurity has nearly doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic. It will likely take years to return to previous conditions. According to Mercy Corps, an estimated 4.8 million people died worldwide from hunger-related causes as of June 15th of this year. This is equivalent to one-third of the population of Pennsylvania.

Record high food prices create financial stress.

In Africa, some choose between buying food or seeking medical care because there is not enough money for both. A mother of two children from India said, “We are not able to work. We are very hungry and in desperate need.” When she realized our contacts were providing food for a whole week, she excitedly asked if our contacts could help the rest of her small community. Although she was not a believer, she praised Jesus when she saw how God had provided for her need.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CAM supporters provided millions of pounds of food to impoverished people through the Coronavirus Crisis Care program. The pandemic has largely subsided in many parts of the world, but we continue to see an increasingly desperate need for food. The Coronavirus Crisis Care is now transitioning to a new program—World Hunger Fund. This will enable us to respond to many ongoing requests for food in various parts of the world.

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World Hunger Fund: Responding to the global food crisis

World Hunger, Christian Aid Minstries

Hunger—it is something most of us simply can’t relate to as we daily eat full-course meals from well-stocked pantries and freezers. But hunger is a grim reality for much of the world. In fact, it is an increasing reality for millions more people than several years ago. World hunger is on the rise!

We live in an imbalanced world. While Americans throw away more food than any nation, multitudes of people in impoverished countries wonder if they will have food the next day.

In India, Karuna and her 7-year-old daughter prayed as evening came, asking God to provide food for them. They entrusted their need into the Lord’s hands and went to bed. Later that night someone knocked on the door. A local pastor stood there, holding a bag of groceries. He apologized for coming at that late hour and said he had some groceries for her and her daughter. He prayed for them and left. Karuna’s eyes filled with tears as she praised God for remembering them.

In Kyrgyzstan, Christians delivered food items to a large, needy family. With tears, the recipients said, “We ran out of money a long time ago, and yesterday we ran out of supplies. Today we did not eat anything and we did not know how to continue to live. God must have sent you.”

A woman from Turkmenistan said her children sometimes eat only bread and water because they have nothing else available. “We are barely making ends meet,” she said. When Christians brought food for the family, her children shouted with delight, “Are these gifts all for us?”

Larisa, a former atheist from Turkmenistan, says her Christian neighbors frequently talked to her about God. After her husband died, she had no income to care for her two children. Through the love of Christians who helped her, Larisa’s heart softened. “I slowly began to believe in God again,” she said. “Thank you for the [food] packages. We just ran out of groceries, and God showed His love for me.”

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CAM supporters provided millions of pounds of food for the needy through the Coronavirus Crisis Care program. Although the pandemic has largely subsided in many parts of the world, we continue to see an increasingly desperate need for food. Supply-chain issues, worsened by the war in Ukraine, and various other problems are driving the increasing cry for food. Because of this, we are transitioning from Coronavirus Crisis Care to a new program—World Hunger Fund. This will enable us to respond to ongoing requests for food.

Why is world hunger increasing?

The long-term fallout of COVID-19 crippled economies in many parts of the world. The New Humanitarian reports, “COVID-19, with its lockdowns and layoffs, increased the rate of extreme poverty—those surviving on less than $1.90 a day—by an estimated 97 million people.”

The recent war between Russia and Ukraine is causing a spike in the cost of food. These countries are some of the world’s top producers of wheat. Grain prices are soaring! “The bullets and bombs in Ukraine could take the global hunger crisis to levels beyond anything we’ve seen before,” says David Beasley of the United Nations.

Unusual inflation around the world is increasing food costs. For the poor, most of their income goes toward providing a most basic life necessity—food. In some countries, basic food items have doubled in price! While we may need to make minor adjustments in our food budgets due to inflation, many people will simply go hungry or even starve.

Where do we plan to help?

We are working with contacts in India and countries once part of the Soviet Union—such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan—to provide food aid in Jesus’ name. India continues to be crippled by the fallout of COVID-19 as well as dramatically increased food costs. “The need is so unbelievable,” reports an India contact. In the former Soviet Union, a contact says, “Many families are worried about the danger of hunger since they are unable to work to provide for their families. Many businesses are closing.”

In addition to the countries mentioned in this mailing, we want to be prepared to respond as needs come up in other locations. While most funds will be used to purchase food, we also plan to support projects that enable people to grow or produce their own food.

As always, our goal in distributing aid is to encourage God’s people and reach out with the love of Jesus to unbelievers.

God bless you!

Christian Aid Ministries | April 2022

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