Homeless and Often Hungry
‘Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Matthew 25:34-36.
Meet Fardowsa. She is a Somali Christian from a Muslim background who lives in Kenya. After coming to faith in Jesus she had to leave home for her own safety. She moved from place to place, with no home, often hungry, knowing that her life was in grave danger. Later she became part of a team of Somali converts in Kenya who are discipling other Christians who find themselves in a similar position.
Many Somali believers from a Muslim background face this kind of oppression. They come from close-knit communities where their new faith is considered to bring shame on their family. They are treated as outcasts and face losing their homes, jobs, marriages and children.
Imagine what it would be like to be hated by your own family and forced to leave your home because of your love for Jesus. How would you respond? How would you cope with the uncertainty of moving from house to house and never knowing where your next meal would come from?
During Lent many of us give up certain luxuries to help us prepare spiritually for Easter. This Lockdown season, perhaps you could sacrifice something that will help you identify with persecuted Christians who find themselves homeless and often hungry. Perhaps you could give up your daily coffee, your desserts, or your weekend take-aways. Perhaps you could spend a night sleeping on the couch or on the floor instead of your bed. Whatever it might be, use this time of self-denial to remember those for whom this is a way of life.
Could you help to support persecuted Christians by donating the price of a daily cup of coffee or meal during this lockdown? Or perhaps you could contribute the cost of a B&B stay for the night you spend on the couch or floor.
$25 could supply a family in Egypt with a food pack for two weeks.
$75 could pay for a home visit and provision of food and hygiene items to a Syrian family in Lebanon.
$500 could cover the monthly rent of a safe house in Egypt.
To make an online donation click here and select ‘Vom Ministry Fund' from the dropdown menu, or phone 02 4759 7000.