Fundraising update: Christian families in need in Pakistan

Beverly Joseph shares an update on the fundraising initiative for Christian families in need in Pakistan, and outlines how the money raised is alleviating the suffering brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday marked eight weeks since the GoFundMe page was created, and we are well on our way to reaching our fundraising goal. Thank you so much to everyone who has been an instrumental part in making our food relief efforts possible!

“I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3).

Today, the bi-weekly food supplies were distributed again to the families who have been without work and without a means to care for their families’ most basic need in the village of Alomahar, just north of Lahore, Pakistan since the COVID-19 crisis began.

A story that has stood out is that of Shera. He has allowed us to share his story with you. Shera is a brick kiln labourer and since brick kilns were open for work during lockdown, he was one of the fortunate few who was able to support his family during this time. Recently, while out on a project, he was hit by a vehicle from behind. This left him with a broken leg and fractured ribs. He was not compensated for the accident and simply sent home. Shera’s work was supporting his family – he has a wife and five children (pictured above).

They have been added to the group of families that are being supported through our food relief efforts. His family is extremely grateful for the support. Shera is slowly recovering and very adamant to start work again as soon as possible. His diligent spirit has been an inspiration.

This is just one story of the difference you have made in the lives of others thousands of miles away, who though you may never meet in this lifetime, your kindness has meant life to them in their time of desperate need. Thank you for the amazing difference you have made by donating to the relief outreach.

“…The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

A few people have returned to part-time work in the last two weeks but apparently, they have to queue outside of the factories that are opening for a few hours a week and are only granted work on a first come, first served basis.

Moreover, factory owners are asking workers to pay for their own coronavirus tests and to be present outside with the results. Those who are positive are naturally prohibited from work, and most workers cannot afford to pay for their own tests.

Again, at this stage we still don’t know how long the need will last, so please share the GoFundMe page with friends, family and anyone you think may like to contribute. Any contributions will be very welcome and greatly appreciated. Thank you.

God bless you and stay safe!

Beverley Joseph.

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