GFA-supported workers—filling the ranks of Compassion Services teams—cruised flooded streets in boats, rescuing those surrounded by rising waters. In the boat, team members gave bottled water and food to passengers and took them to emergency shelters.
“Because we have brothers and sisters living and serving in Kerala, we will be with these flood survivors for the long haul,” said Dr. K.P Yohannan, founder of GFA. “We will help them clean their homes, rebuild their houses and provide them with income-generating gifts to restore their lost livelihoods. We will minister hope in the name of Jesus and share His love in word and deed.”
Offering hope and help in the name of Jesus during great suffering is the heart of GFA-supported ministry. Compassion Services teams are present in the tragic moments following catastrophe with the love of Christ to help survivors journey into joy.
For more than 30 years, GFA-supported national workers have ministered aid to people affected by flooding, earthquakes, cyclones, fires—even war. In 1986, national workers began providing relief to Tamil refugees fleeing the civil war in Sri Lanka. They had hot tea and food waiting for the weary travelers who arrived in the early morning hours on the southeastern shoreline of India by boat, and they offered them spiritual nourishment through the comfort of God’s Word.
Since then, whenever natural disasters wreak havoc in their communities, GFA-supported workers serving in the affected areas band together to provide immediate aid to those in need.
It wasn’t until 2004, after the massive Indian Ocean Tsunami ravaged the southern shoreline of India, that GFAsupported relief teams were recognized as “Compassion Services.” These teams are there for the long-haul. Even years after a natural disaster has left its mark, Compassion Services teams are rebuilding homes and providing physical and emotional assistance to those who lost everything.
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