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. 

A severe drought hit the area around Namwianga in 2015 and 2016.  For those two years, rains either did not come or came at the wrong time.  Crops failed, and hungry families suffered.  

Zambia Mission Fund raised over $100,000 for food relief efforts in Southern Province.  The funds were used to purchase 6,500 50-pound sacks of cornmeal, the mainstay of the Zambian diet.  Each bag fed an average family for three weeks.  Namwianga staff and students planted huge drip irrigation gardens and shared produce with those in need.    

 ZMF also drilled wells at Namwianga and in nearby villages.  Work continues on a filtration system and a central storage structure to provide a consistent and reliable water supply for the students, orphans, and staff at Namwianga Mission and its surrounding communities.   

The news of Namwianga’s concern for the needy has spread far and wide.  When those who work at Namwianga provide food and water to the needy, it is always done in the name of Jesus.  Those who receive help also hear that Jesus offers Bread and Water from an eternal source that will never dry up or run out.  An invitation to follow Jesus accompanies our distribution of food and water.  

Although the drought conditions have ended for now, there is always a need to provide food relief for widows, orphans, elderly, and other vulnerable people in villages around Namwianga.  Training and supplies for drip irrigation and sustainable gardening projects are in constant demand.  Delivering clean water and drilling water wells are never-ending challenges.  Your generous support can feed the hungry and provide water to the thirsty.  May the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35 be an encouragement as you give:  “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink.”