Zambia, Church Partners
But COVID-19 changed so much. Churches and schools were forced to close in March. Airports were shut down. The city of Livingstone, home to the world-famous Victoria Falls, has been crushed by a lack of tourism. Almost 500,000 jobs are in the tourism sector. Overall, 7% of Zambia’s GDP is dependent on tourism, and Livingstone is responsible for a large portion of this. Most hotels closed entirely.
“The difficulty has been not only economic but also psychological,” explained Deacon Amos of the Calvary Church. In our African culture, attending a funeral is in our blood, but there are strict limits on attending such ceremonies, and restrictions around church services and other social gatherings at large have been hard on the community.”
“For some families, it has meant children could not eat every day. If you eat today, you will not eat tomorrow,” said Amos. Yet, by your kindness and generosity, the Calvary church was able to distribute food baskets to the vulnerable families of all children supported in their education through the church! Praise God!
Benny, a retired police officer and volunteer coordinator with the Mongu Evangelical Church, said this: “the churches are normally the last hope for many vulnerable children and families – members and non- members alike. There are knocks at our doors day and night by those seeking help, and while the church itself is struggling, support through Hope Story has helped us to fulfill God’s desire to care for his sheep during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.”