Exodus 6:6 says, “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring
you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their
bondage and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.” For the past three years, GOD TV-Sri Lanka has extended its arm to many villages that have experienced near starvation due to landslides, floods or mere poverty.
Once again GOD TV joined hands with the International Ministry of the Salvation Army that
sourced those in near destitute situations who had lost almost everything they owned due
to the recent rains that brought about flooding and landslides in the central hill districts.
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Gift packs of dry rations that would sustain a family of four for a minimum period of three
weeks were distributed. And the response we received was heartbreaking due to the
individual stories carried by each family. Stories of how their fate changed overnight from the
storms that engulfed their villages. They were left with almost nothing. They had no clothing,
food, shelter, nor the opportunity to obtain employment due to the massive economic
downturn of 21st April 2019. This date marks the terror of ISIS bombing
many key commercial and religious buildings, that killed the flourishing industry in Sri Lanka.
Testimonies from Sri Lanka
Family of four: “We have lost our belongings, our food supply and part of our house that we
lived in. We do not have the resources to repair our home and there is no work available in
our area and therefore we are forced to seek shelter in a relative’s house which is very small.
The food pack we received will assist all of us plus the family that took us in, as they too are
facing financial challenges, but we appreciate the work you do in reaching out to assist us at
a time such as this. Moreover to assure us that we are not a forgotten people.”
Mother and Infant: “Pastor, you might wonder why we are in this group of recipients, as we
are able-bodied folk. However, since the April 21st bombings my husband has been
unemployed and we live by growing a few vegetables in our small garden that cannot
sustain us daily and we rely on one meal a day which has now begun to affect our health due
to a lack of nutrition and the small amount we consume daily.”
Middle-aged unmarried daughter and mother: “My mother is blind and for the past 15 years
since our father’s death, our income has stopped. We grow whatever food we can, but this
does not sustain us adequately. I cannot leave my blind mother alone to go out looking for
work. To be very honest with you, I have never seen or had so much food available to take
home ever. Thank you for visiting our village.”
Semi-blind elderly man: “I live all alone and depend on those that bring me food from time to time as I cannot go out due to my poor eyesight affected by cataracts. I live far away from this food distribution center, but I wanted to bless you for thinking of me and my situation. He then requested two people to lift the large food pack on to his back and though he needed a walking stick to assist him he carried his gift back to his home which I was informed to be at least two kilometers away.”
Final Words: Sri Lanka
Many more testimonies of this nature were witnessed by us that day. And we are motivated
to focus on collecting more funds for food distribution towards folks that might face similar
situations in the new year of 2020.
We wish to conclude that none of this would have been possible if not for the amazing
financial support of our GOD TV Partners that assisted us in reaching those who have lost their
possessions, moreover their dignity.
Saving souls is our primary objective, transforming lives is the extension of this mandate.