Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Friday 20 November 2009
Barnabas Fund Christmas Appeal 2009
|“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for humankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107: 8-9, TNIV)|
Christmas is usually a time of over-indulgence for many in the Western world, especially in relation to food. But this year, the economic situation has produced a “food price crisis”, with prices settling at levels too high for many people in developing countries. Reports estimate that more than one billion people – a sixth of the world’s population – are undernourished; the majority of these (642 million) are in Asia and the Pacific. Christians make up a significant proportion of those who are malnourished. As the minority faith in many countries, God’s people suffer from a cruel cycle of poverty and discrimination, making it extremely difficult for them to afford or obtain food.
Barnabas Feeding the Hungry
Our God is a God who delights to meet the needs of His people ... but often He chooses us to be the instruments of His purpose, and so He calls us to feed the hungry. Barnabas Fund works to feed our Christian brothers and sisters who face every day wondering where their next meal will come from. Through our provision of much-needed nutrition, Christians are given strength for their daily lives to continue their stand for Christ in the face of poverty and discrimination.
In the last twelve months, we have provided food to over 85,000 Christians. We give food parcels to vulnerable families who have fled their homes following anti-Christian violence, such as displaced Iraqi Christians in their own country and living as refugees in Jordan and Syria. We give aid to needy Christians who cannot afford to feed their families due to high prices (such as in Zimbabwe) or extreme poverty, as experienced in Pakistan, the Holy Land and Egypt. Barnabas also supports those Christians in need when famine strikes, such as in Burundi and Ethiopia.
Your gift can help feed God’s people this Christmas
Firstly, thank you. We are so grateful to our supporters who enable this vital ministry to continue through their generous giving and faithful prayers. But the need is ongoing. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider giving a gift through our Feeding Fund, to support needy and vulnerable members of our Christian family in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, who do not have enough to eat. You may like to consider giving your donation using our online server, which is quick and easy and reduces our administration costs. Please visit https://secure.barnabasfund.org.
As we prepare to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, please pray that the rising sun will come from Heaven to care for those Christians and their families who are “living in darkness”. (Luke 1: 78-79)
Most importantly, please remember in your prayers our Christian brothers and sisters who are enduring starvation this Christmas time. A special booklet is available to aid your prayer in this Advent period for Christians around the world who are suffering harassment and persecution as well as deprivation.
With our Lord’s blessings this Christmas
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo,
International Director, Barnabas Fund
PS: If you have recently given a gift to Barnabas Fund, please do not feel pressured to give again, but please do pray for those Christians facing hunger and in many cases even starvation.
Christians in Zimbabwe work together to unload the food aid for their village
Barnabas feeds 617 Pakistani families like this one every month
An Iraqi Christian family who receive food aid from Barnabas
A typical food parcel for Christian families in Iraq
For more on Barnabas Fund's food aid projects please see the article: "Feeding hungry Christians".