The fear of starvation in Uganda is rising even though the virus count is low. With the president's directive, he stopped all passenger service and private vehicles and imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. This has been in place for close to 2 months now and is expected to continue for at least 2 more weeks. This has caused a new crisis, and it's heartbreaking to see.
In the mean time, YOU'VE been a LIFE SAVER to many families in Uganda. Because of your generous giving, we continue to deliver food and hope to those in the most need. This outreach is making an impact and sustaining lives.
We know the struggles we see and the heartache we observe are not the final end. So, with that in mind, we are taking these moments to share the Good News of Jesus as we continue to deliver life saving food. We must do what we can, because after all, isn't that why we are there?
CAUTION: What you are about to read, may break your heart.
Jonathan, one of our Ugandan doctors and directors, who is serving out in the community shared this with us the other day.
"Today as we passed through the villages, my heart breaks and I came back hurting. This is one of the most dehumanizing situations I have ever encountered. You feel moved to help but you feel paralyzed as you look at the starving children in the neighborhood.
When you give food to some, the nearby neighbors are staring at you wondering if you will help them. You don't need to ask if they need help, because it is only a a matter of observing. You can tell from the cracked lips, emaciated bodies and a glance of sorrow that leaves you wondering which words to use.
But there is hope. Show Mercy has been out there delivering food and love. We are often praised as heroes for standing in the face of tragedy when others do nothing, but the need is still very great.
Initially, those struggling were allowed to work petty jobs and get food daily. Today, that is not the case. There is no way to access food unless you walk for miles or have money to pay a transport truck.
Most in Uganda have extended families living with them and are living from hand to mouth. You will often find a family with 10 children living with grandma or a single mother with eight children, but the do not have anything to eat.
We pray for the end of lockdown but the reality on ground is more people are facing death not because of the virus, but because of the lockdown and a declining economy." - Jonathan
Over the next week, we will share photos and stories of the people you have helped. WE know you will be inspired and touched.
As we continue to purchase and deliver more emergency food, would you consider partnering with us?