According to GFA World (Gospel for Asia), India’s devastating “second wave” of COVID-19 is overshadowing another deadly tsunami of suffering – rampant hunger.
Global humanitarian agency GFA World reports growing desperation across India as it supports efforts to feed those facing starvation amid the pandemic’s continuing onslaught. The Texas-based organization has helped feed hundreds of thousands since the pandemic began.
“As COVID-19 ravages India, we’re seeing hunger on a massive scale,” said Bishop Danny Punnose, vice president of GFA World, spotlighting the accelerating crisis on World Hunger Day, May 28, 2021. World Hunger Day is an annual event, that creates awareness concerning the 690 million people worldwide that face chronic hunger, reportedly killing more than malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis combined.
“In India’s pandemic hotspots, so-called ‘corona curfews’ and lockdowns have make it very difficult for people to get groceries even if they have cash to spend. There is deep silence’ everywhere, markets are closed… no shopkeepers are willing to open their shops. People are struggling to get grocery items,” local relief workers report.
In India’s densely populated Uttar Pradesh state, local church members are going door-to-door, delivering free meals to Covid-impacted families in strict quarantine. Many day laborers, among the poorest of the poor, have lost their jobs because of the pandemic, have no source of income, and no other way to get food.
“The fear of going hungry, for many, is as great as the fear of the virus,” said Bishop Punnose. “Working alongside the government of India, we’re doing all we can to help relieve suffering and show people the love of God.”
Pray for India, for an end to the pandemic and for all who are hungry. Visit the GFA World site if you feel led to support their outreach to the nation.
About GFA World
Formerly known as Gospel For Asia, GFA World is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, especially in Asia and Africa, and sharing the love of God.
In the latest GFA World yearly report, this included thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching providing hope and encouragement available in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry.
SOURCE GFA World