Pastoralists in Africa celebrate with dances when they receive food donations, in the face of the terrible pandemic crisis caused by COVID-19. This is thanks to the humanitarian aid of Christian associations in Brazil.
This is Zambia, which, like other African countries, has suffered food shortages as a result of limitations in social isolation, from the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pastors in Chibata, Zambia, held a real feast when they received food through donations from Brazilians.
It should be noted that during social isolation, due to COVID-19, access to food has been restricted in areas such as this.
“We are very grateful for the work you have done here in Africa. We are all here celebrating, meeting with people who represent their peoples”; said one pastor.
The donations were made through a partnership between the Jeovah Jireh Missionary Association and the Extended Hands Mission (MME).
The terrible situation in Africa was portrayed as a warning by the director of the UN World Food Programme, David Beasley, who states that “There may be a hunger pandemic of biblical proportions, as there is a real danger that more people will die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than for the virus itself”.
Food shortages have already become a reality in Zambia. “With the closure, we have little food at home. In Africa things are difficult and expensive, but their money did“; one of the shepherds said.
“There has been a tragedy in Africa”; he added. “Things are difficult, families are crying. They are quarantined, but there is no food and many have lost their jobs”; said.
Message to the pastor in charge of the donation
In a message sent to Pastor Dario José Caetano, responsible for the action, the wife of the missionary Orlando dos Santos thanked him with tears. The couple work with Christian and Muslim communities in Zambia.
“Today we can give a sound of gratitude to the Lord God, our provider, and for what you have all done. These shepherds can really say ‘God is on our side’; because when we heard what happened a few days ago, it was very difficult“; he said.
“God makes a way where there is no way. We are happy, because we know what it’s like to have nothing and see God doing something”.