The challenges of Covid-19 continue to wreak havoc both here and
all around the world. Just when we think
we are ahead and things are improving, another hot spot and outbreak
resurfaces. The more people you know the
more you find out just how widespread and damaging this pandemic is. It is damaging on every level of life –
physical, mental, and spiritual – work places, schools, universities, and
churches – young, middle-aged, and well-aged – east, west, north, and south.
According to recent economic reports, the pandemic is upending more than two decades of progress on reducing
extreme poverty around the globe — and estimates of how many people will be
affected continue to escalate.
An additional 88 to 115 million people could
be pushed into extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.90 a day, in
2020 because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession,
according to a report from the World Bank.
That estimate is up sharply from the bank's May
report, when it projected that an additional
60 million people would likely be pushed into extreme poverty in 2020. The
total number of people added to the world's extreme poor as a result
of the pandemic could grow to 150 million by next year.
One key area of impact is food insecurity. We have
always known this to be true. When the
economic engines are not running in prime, the difficulties of the world’s poor
Thankfully, the world has shaped so many good and
significant ministries that serve on the frontlines of food support. GLC has always named this need as something
that we can do something about. While a
few of our front door ministries have been put on hold due to health and safety
concerns, other ministries have increased their frontline impact.
The Des Moines Food Bank has been nothing
short of amazing during these past eight months. Your support has made so much possible!
The ELCA World Hunger Appeal, and Lutheran World Relief,
have increased their support for food programs in fiscal year 2020 with plans to
continue that increase in 2021. Our
partners in Haiti, India, El Salvador, and Guatemala, all have stepped to the
very front in providing those basic goods on a weekly basis.
Over the final quarter of the year, we will continue to
share these stories and inspire any and all support that is available in
meeting these needs. As you feel the spirit moving you to action in your life, know the spirit of all faith and
generosity is meeting you in serving well!
God rejoices with each fish and loaf moment in our world.