Meals and Community
Many of our Ministry Partners are finding new and creative ways to encourage and serve in their communities. Read on to learn about some of the amazing ministries you support when you give to Perception Funding!
giveDIGNITY - Located in the La Carpio, Costa Rica, these ministry partners have worked tirelessly for the last 11 years to provide their community with the tools they need to elevate their social status. Their focus has always been on teaching men to fish, versus handing out fish. But Covid-19 has required a near 180 in this philosophy, and ,unsurprisingly, they have embraced the need for flexibility and are placing the needs of their community above their ideals. They have been working hard to provide meals for 60 families in their communities, while also continuing tutoring for the students that comprise so much of their day to day ministry, albeit virtually.
Living Mission Peru - Located in Peru, the country has been on lockdown for 90 days with no end in sight - children have not been even allowed to be outside for all of that time! Can you imagine! LMP has been able to provide food and vital medicines on a regular basis for over 70 desperate families in their community. We are amazed at all they are managing to do during this isolation, all while they have two small children of their own that they have had to find new ways to occupy and comfort in this difficult time.
Bloom International - A ministry focused on bringing the love of Jesus to refugee women in Thailand, they were quick to recognize that in order to hear the gospel, their community first needed to be fed. They began an initiative called Rice for Widows; for just $7 supporters can provide rice for one woman for an entire month. What a fantastic outreach! To date they have provided over 2640 lbs of rice!
New Life School and GOT Ministries - Located in Guatemala, the focus of GOT is to provide Occupational Therapy for the underprivileged children who would otherwise have no options, New Life School is the school they partner with to provide these invaluable services. Their access to students has been very limited, but one way they have found to continue to support the families they work with is to provide meals to them. Their flexibility and ability to see the positive side of this hard situation is inspiring and we are so proud of thier work.
Faith Missions - serving communities in Rwanda and Uganda, they have ached to watch so many of the communities they serve become destitute due to a very real lack of food. This is primarily a political issue as borders have been closed all around them to prevent any spread of Covid-19. This prevents access to markets and basic resources, as well as preventing many from working. Though usually a ministry that is very intentional in providing financial support for schools and other ministries run by local citizens, the ministry has taken careful measures to listen to their contacts, and has reallocated thousands of dollars in funds to help the schools and ministries to feed the families to whom they usually provide education. Watching them pivot and allow new priorities to take precedence has been very encouraging.
En Gedi Grove - working and living in an impoverished urban neighborhood in Kansas City, this family has been working faithfully to provide meals, haircuts, counseling, and a safe space for a community that has been severely impacted by Covid-19 - especially for the children who were removed from the relative safety and shelter of their schools. Though always startlingly flexible, as is required for their unique ministry, we know that this has required a lot of intentionality and generosity of their family.
Please pray for our ministry partners on lockdown who continue to love and meet the needs of those they serve.