**Riley Brinkman, Genesis Church
What do you think of when you see a white flag like this? Most people think surrender.
For us.. It means desperation.
It means the household has no more food.
It means the family living inside is down to nothing.
It means the people in that house have decided to set aside the shame of poverty and put out a sign to show they need help.
And although the number of houses with white flags outside is surprising, the number of houses in the same need/desperation without a white flag outside is even more heart-wrenching.
Living Day to Day
The people of Iquitos live life on a day to day salary. There is no hoarding or stock piling groceries and toilet paper because there is only enough to buy for today. April 22nd (today) marks day 38 of quarantine. It marks 38 days of people not being able to work nor make an income. It marks 38 days of people struggling to get by just one more day.
We knew that it didn’t matter that the physical doors of the church had been closed – we needed to BE the church.
BE the CHURCH
A few weeks ago, one of our pastors here at Genesis Church along with two other leaders begin distributing bags of food to the church members who expressed that they were without food. The more we began to help, the more we realized we needed more people distributing because the problem was much bigger than one could imagine.
Some people had gone days without food before we started the ministry of distributing food bags. To date, over 200 bags of food have been given out in just a short period of time. As the quarantine continues to drag on, people continue to run out of food and basic needs day after day. But we as church are determined to continue striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus here in Iquitos, one bag of food at a time.
Prayers & Support Needed
We ask you and invite you to prayerfully consider supporting us in this mission. Distributing food to those in need is only possible with the financial and prayerful support of others.
This quarantine has also meant no church services, and based on unofficial announcements here, it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime in the near future. On top of the growing need of food and basic needs of our church body, it has left us as a church receiving less financial support as well. We are continuing to pay staff and bills but finances are running low during this time. If your heart is so moved to give and support during this time, you can go to our website link below and donate!
To give, go to:
and click ‘Coronavirus Relief in the dropdown’ and write ‘Peru’ in the note