What would you do if your grocery bill went up 250% in the matter of a couple of months? Maybe you have experienced increases like this in one or more areas of your life
East Africa has been ravaged, yet again, by a severe famine that has made food staples such as maize and beans increasingly scarce and, therefore, expensive.
Reports are coming in from the field of failing crops, despite good rains in the spring. A bag of maize used to cost K.sh. 1,500. Now the same bag of maize costs more than K.sh. 5,000.
Refugee camps in Kenya are swelling with displaced people fleeing affected areas trying to find some relief. Both East and West Pokot have been significantly affected by the situation, which is the first time in twenty years that conditions have been classified as famine. The chronic nature and scope of the situation makes it difficult for an organization like Harvesters to alleviate the suffering of these people in a meaningful, immediate way. However, there is so much that can and should be done to break the cycle of famine in this part of the world.
What can we do? What should we do? As the situation on the ground worsens, there are several meaningful things that Harvesters needs your help to accomplish through your prayers and financial support.
The most immediate need is to ensure that the more than 600 children in the care of Pokot Outreach Ministry have enough food. The sharp increase in food prices has put a significant strain on the ministry’s resources.
Area pastors and evangelist continue to minister during this time despite them and their families being significantly impacted by the situation. Their commitment to the ministry is inspiring and their sacrifice humbling.
Another, longer-term need is to continue drilling water wells to provide a reliable source of water. Wells at the Kodich and the POM mission stations are a refuge for area residents and serve as a great source of encouragement and testimony. A garden at Kodich is used to teach students small-scale farming and has been a source of fresh food for the children. Other areas in both East and West Pokot have been identified for future wells.
Your gift of any size would be helpful for the ministry to continue to encourage, assist, and support the national missionary initiative among the Pokot.