This Month — The Pandemic In India

P u t t i n g F a i t h I n t o A c t i o n S i n c e 1 9 5 9 Health Crisis Cripples India: Humanitarian Aid Needed

“When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; the sorrows of hell compassed me about… in my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and He did hear my voice out of His temple, and my cry did enter into His ears.”

II Samuel 22:5-7

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:1-2 Dear WME Partners and Supporters,

THE IMAGES AND STORIES COMING OUT OF INDIA OVER THE PAST MONTHS HAVE BEEN HEARTBREAKING. The country has been devastated as millions of people have been sickened by a very contagious variant of COVID-19, and hundreds of thousands have died.

It is widely known that India has a badly underfunded healthcare system. There is inadequate care for many under normal circumstances. And of course, these are far from “normal” times in India. You can imagine what that means for the most vulnerable members of Indian society.

Hospitals have been overwhelmed by the demands of the gravely ill. There were not enough beds to hold all the patients seeking care. Oxygen, ventilators, healthcare workers and medical provisions have been in critically short supply. People have died in ambulances, taxis and clinic hallways while waiting to get medical help. Crematoriums operated around the clock to keep up with the demand. Then there was a surge in cases of black fungus (mucormycosis), a rare infection that struck people with weakened immune systems. This is a disaster of great proportions.

Of course, those horrific scenes documented in the news happened in larger cities where the major markets and hospitals are located. Afterwards, it was the small villages in the poor countryside that were increasingly suffering. Nearly two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people live in rural communities. This is home to poor people with little education. Life is very hard and rudimentary here. And in the Indian countryside, trained healthcare workers with proper equipment are scarce. A huge number of people have died at home in these areas. Hundreds of dead bodies have floated down the Ganges River, while others have been placed in shallow graves on its shores. Death is everywhere.

Many Christians have passed from the illness, including members and leaders from our WME churches.Others are facing a slow recovery. Those living within areas under lockdowns are unable to work. Some families have lost the primary breadwinners for their homes. The poor and vulnerable have been hit especially hard by this national emergency.

One pastor from Tamil Nadu emailed this report: “In India, virus is spreading more and more. Daily thousands of people are dying. Hospitals are full. Graveyards are full. To control the virus, full lockdown introduced in our state also. Except


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