Food Relief Efforts

“I was hungry, and you fed me.” The words of Jesus in Matthew 25 echo in the minds and hearts of those who are touched by the need for food relief in Zambia.

Drought Brings Hunger, Desperation

Naomi is a widow raising her grandchildren. Her only income is from cutting grass and selling it for thatch, and no one is buying thatch during this drought. Right now she survives by eating some wild fruits once a day. Her goats died for lack of water. She sends her grandchildren twice a day to get water from a hole in the ground. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if the water hole dries up.

Naomi’s story is all too common in Southern Zambia. Zambia’s rainy season begins in November and ends in April. During these months, fields are plowed, seed is sown, the rains come, and the maize grows. Most families depend on the maize crops for daily food and as a source of cash for other necessities.

But this season the rains did not come. Southern Zambia recorded the lowest seasonal rainfall in 46 years. This year there is little or nothing to eat and nothing to sell for cash. Villagers in drought-stricken communities are surviving on roots and wild tree fruits. In communities without water wells, villagers must go farther and farther to find water as streams and rivers dry up. Thousands of lives are adversely affected by the lack of food and clean water.

Namwianga is providing food relief to the hungry. Truckloads of maize have been delivered to areas where the need is greatest. The food relief efforts will continue until the drought is over.

The severity of this drought means that relief efforts will be long-term and costly. You can ease the suffering of hungry and desperate Zambians by donating generously.

How Food Relief Works

1. Determine need – Church leaders from drought-stricken communities bring requests for food relief to Namwianga Mission’s officials.

2. Purchase maize – Namwianga leaders use donated funds to purchase maize.

3. Load and transport maize – The maize is loaded onto a flatbed truck. Evangelism and Spiritual Growth (ESG) team members take it to the distribution site.

4. Meet the community – ESG team members lead a worship service, emphasizing that the food is given in the name of Jesus.

5. Distribute Food – Families receive food according to their needs, regardless of church affiliation. Those who are given food leave with gratitude and thanksgiving to God.

This story will be repeated over and over until the drought ends. You can be part of the food relief story by giving generously to fund ongoing efforts.