The Catalyst COVID-19 Crisis Fund is continuing to serve some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world as the pandemic continues to have a severe impact in many different nations. Yet in the midst of that, there are many encouraging stories of churches, charities and projects making a big difference in their communities.
Here is a short thank you message and update from Leonid, the team leader at Mercy Ministries, Athens, on food bag distribution here:
“I just want to thank you again for your participation in God’s work here in Greece and particularly in food bag program at Evripidou. I would like to give you a short report for the last donation from Catalyst. In October and November we bought the items for 500 food bags. Until now we packed and distributed 392 food bags, the rest we plan to give next week.”
My husband Jonathan and an Iranian friend Javad took 20 food bags up to refugee camps in Northern Greece on an emergency run at the end of October in a 3 day window between camp quarantine and a city wide lockdown. Jonathan said that families were so grateful and one in particular who has been feeling very down after weeks quarantined in the camp due to Covid cases, told him “now I know that God has not forgotten me!”
It is very moving when you get to look people in the eyes here and see both how desperate and grateful they are for this provision and even more special when we get to share that we do this because God loves them and are able to pray for some of their needs.
A bible study has also been started as a result of contacts made through food bag distribution.
We are now in the middle of a 3 week national lockdown here in Greece until at least 30 November. There is a growing need as refugee centres continue to be closed and movement between prefectures is restricted. Food bag distribution is now by appointment only or by visiting the homes of those in need. Volunteers distributing food have the new relevant documentation and movement papers to enable them to go out.
Written by Sarah Crowhurst