Since August 2017, OM has been sending teams once or twice a month to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar where an estimated 700,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar. The teams have developed a good relationship with the army and in April were asked to assist in the distribution of food and supplies to families that did not have enough.
A small team was able to distribute items including food, soap and umbrellas for protection from the sweltering summer sun and coming monsoon rains to 1,000 families. Team members spend time with the children, giving them protection from the sun, cutting their nails, combing their hair and making them feel seen and loved.
“We’re aware that it’s just [a] little we can do, but we know God called us to not look away, but do something,” shared programme coordinator Pastor Saul. “When we pray, ‘Your kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven,’ what do we pray? Is there hunger in heaven? Homelessness? No. If we as Christians pray this prayer, we also need to act. Prayer is not enough. We need to help as well.”
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