“We also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” 1 John 3:16-19
While the spread of the coronavirus may just be beginning in Mexico, the potential for devastation is huge, particularly in the congested urban poor neighborhoods on the periphery of Mexico City, where many families share one or two small rooms, have no access to running water, and no economic means to stay at home. If they fall seriously ill, they have no way of accessing the health system and less so a hospital bed, which means that the fight against the pandemic has little chance of success. According to UN Habitat: “The pandemic will hit the most vulnerable people hardest, many of them living in urban slums and informal settlements.¹ How we can help pastors and community leaders and their families who live in such conditions? Below you will find some practical ideas.
URBAN MOSAIC’S RESPONSE
Urban Mosaic Mexico has been working with a network of 50+ churches, 27 health clubs, 75 citizen & security committees, 14 youth & kids clubs, and 27 public schools in 11 different urban poor communities – sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God and practically serving our neighbors through a holistic intervention model. Towards that end we’ve been raising and equipping hundreds of local youth leaders, community leaders, church planters and pastors, since we believe that for sustainable change to happen, local leaders must take ownership of the transformation of their communities. In the past weeks we have worked hard with these leaders to create awareness of the coronavirus to over 20,000 people in our communities, helped 62 churches transition to over 180 (virtual) home and family groups, organized our citizen and health clubs to identify the most vulnerable people in their communities and are in the process of setting up 100 water tanks to help close to 10,000 families get access to water to at least wash their hands. We will also give leaders laying hens, start rabbit production, a small chicken farm, launch home vegetable gardens, plus two small community gardens to increase food security for up to 350 of our leaders and their families. You can read more about our efforts at www.urbanmosaic.net/covidresponse.
With the close of businesses and churches, many of our local leaders and pastors are already facing economic distress, which will only increase in the coming weeks and months, since they can no longer work, nor obtain money from tithes and offerings, since their churches are closed and there’s no way to collect money electronically. This has compelled us to rally to finance basic food baskets, to safeguard the food security of 50 distressed leaders, pastors and their families during this next month. We would love to invite you to join us and adopt one or more pastor or leader and their family for the next three to six months and give towards their food security. How does this work?
For $50 USD/month we can provide a pastor or community leader with two basic food baskets that will allow them and their family to have enough to eat to survive. We would like to support 150 leaders, pastors and their families who have shown great commitment to serve their neighbors in this very difficult situation, but will be severely affected by this crisis. Would you join us, as a church, or small group or individual to support one or more pastors/community leaders for the next three months? Your support of this effort would enable these local pastors, leaders and their families to be well, while they serve their congregants, neighbors and communities during such a time as this! Wouldn’t it be great if churches and Christians from other parts came together, to help their fellow pastors and leaders in need? Thanks. God bless you.
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