Over the last two months our lives have changed dramatically, and for some, the effects have truly been difficult. Separation, isolation, lost wages, lost opportunities, even death of loved ones … However, in several respects our country has weathered this pandemic far more smoothly than many of our worldwide partners. That is a testament to our great healthcare system, with its many dedicated workers, wonderful facilities and well-placed government safety nets deployed to buoy our financial shortfalls. But, ultimately, it’s a testament to the good and gracious hand of God who presides over it all! In many ways, God’s loving care which he regularly lavishes upon us has become even more tangible and apparent.
But for many of our Navigator family living outside of Australia, real hardships are multiplying as they battle the extended fallout from COVID-19.
Growing hunger, excessive medical costs, elevated death rates and lost wages with no safety nets are culminating in a devastating struggle to survive for many of our brothers and sisters living overseas.
The African family of one of our Australian Navigators is a specific example of this. Due to mounting pressures brought on by the pandemic, the family was down to eating just one meal a day for a few weeks until our staffer found out and sent some support. Even then, the family were still rationing their supplies and remaining on one meal a day as they had no income security. So, our staff member has lovingly committed to a monthly pledge to ease the burden on this family until their income returns. Another example is in an Asia Pacific country where ministry to Muslims is taking place. There, local Navigator staff are graciously distributing relief supplies to as many as they can. They believe they have resources to assist the growing needs around them for the next three months but anticipate that further relief distributions will be required beyond that point.
In response to the escalating needs seen throughout many developing countries, the International Office of the Navigators has created the Pandemic Compassion Fund. This special fund will ensure food, housing, medical support and bereavement costs for a period of time and reflects the truth of 2 Corinthians 9:12, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” God has graciously and faith-fully met our greatest needs and this fund gives us an opportunity to mobilise His resources for the good of others and the furtherance of His Glory!
To be clear, our aim is to make a significant contribution to this benevolence fund to further support our Navigator family members in the Worldwide Partnership and those they minister to closely. The funds collected worldwide will be distributed to the neediest staff in developing countries only. Therefore, we ask you to prayerfully consider joining our staff in contributing through one-time or monthly gifts for the next six months.
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