Mourning with India
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4
As you know, we love celebrating all the new salvations, baptisms, pastors trained, and churches in India. Even today, we rejoiced as God used a gospel film in Chennai to bring Hindu’s to Jesus. There is always reasons to celebrate God’s goodness. Today, however, there are reasons to mourn.
India is being ravaged by Covid-19. India is now number 2 globally with 15 million Covid cases and 200,000 deaths. Over 250,000 new cases are being added per day. There are concerns that only 25% of cases are being reported.
At the same time, vaccine supplies have dried up. India supplies 60% of vaccines globally. Only now are manufacturers starting to prioritize local residents. Relief can’t come fast enough.
All the hospitals are jammed as well as all the crematoriums. Loved ones are burning the bodies of their deceased all across India.
‘Deaths of despair’ during COVID-19 have risen dramatically. On Thursday, April 15, a wife jumped into a lake and drown after her husband died of Covid-19. Their three year old son followed his mother into the lake and also drown. Their other two children are now orphaned.
Another retired husband and wife tested positive after attending a wedding. When the husband’s health deteriorated, the wife took her own life. Today, India has the second highest suicide mortality rate in the world.
Once again, lock-downs are occurring nationwide with stringent restrictions.
Unemployment is at record highs. Without any work, another wave of migrant works are leaving the big cities and returning to their rural villages with hopes of survival. All planes and trains are fully booked. This migration will temporarily make matters worse.
Government officials are telling citizens not to expect to travel for weddings or holidays for at least one more year.
Our heart breaks for the people and country of India.
In the midst of all this Psalm 46:1 declares…
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. -Psalm 46:1
We are calling everyone to mourn and pray. If you’d like to also give, please generously support our Covid-19 Impact Fund as we are distributing funds to our partners in India where most needed.
Please take time to mourn with India. Let us humble ourselves before God on India’s behalf. Let us pray for God to reveal himself in the midst of human need. Let us pray for India to know the comfort that only comes through the Holy Spirit.
Together, we cry out on behalf of the people of India.
PS: Our monthly International Call to Prayer is TOMORROW Tuesday, April 20. Join us as we pray together for India.
ABOUT KEVIN WHITE
Kevin White is a Christian pastor, international speaker, and an international best-selling author. As a writer, Kevin’s newest book, Audacious Generosity, is a best new Christian Book of 2020. Audacious Generosity was an instant international best seller in India and the United States of America. Audacious Generosity is the New Book to Read in 2021. Look for it among Christianity books on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. Kevin’s why for life is to extend access to Jesus to all people world-wide. Kevin loves to motivate people how to encounter the presence of God in their everyday life.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Kevin has started and helped start hundreds of businesses, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Kevin is an expert in church leadership and business development. Kevin’s shepherd’s heart can be seen in his speaking and writing. He integrates Biblical principles and worship into everything he does. Kevin’s strategy is to help people transform into the likeness of Jesus. Find more from Kevin White including his blog, podcast shows, YouTube Channel, and Generously Blessed 1MM One Minute Motivational Series at https://kevinwhite.us
Kevin is Founder and Executive Director of Global Hope India
About Global Hope India
Kevin White is the Founder/Executive Director of Global Hope India, a Christian mission organization focused on sharing the gospel in India and among Indian Nationals world-wide. We facilitate virtual mission teams to Indiaand short-term mission teams in-person in India. These teams empower the church in India with pastoral training, youth pastor training, children’s ministry, church planting strategy, church planting ministry, and medical missions.
Global Hope India is a Christian charity that raises funds for India. 92% of every dollar given benefits gospel outreach projects in India such as church planting, orphan care, clean water projects, bibles, medical clinics, etc. Our partners in India serve the Baptist mission in India, Church of God in India as well as independent Christian churches. We do one thing – advance the gospel in India. We do it in one way – through the local church in India. Join us today by praying for India, giving to God’s work in India and going virtually or in person to make disciples in India. Find out more information at https://globalhopeindia.org
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