Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Thank you for your prayers and generous support of Servant Partners ministry
in urban poor communities! We particularly feel the grace of your partnership
as we minister to people in the midst of the current global health crisis.
As the COVID-19 pandemic affects communities around the globe, the greatest impacts are felt among those who are elderly or have serious underlying medical conditions, and those who are marginalized by poverty. The local contexts of our teams around the world vary greatly—from informal squatter settlements in places like Manila, Philippines, to urban poor communities in cities like San Jose, California. Our incarnational ministry of presence (living in urban poor neighborhoods), sharing our lives and the Gospel, equipping local leaders, and holistic service, enable us to be able to respond to this crisis in some unique ways.
In Manila, where the city is shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, Botocan Bible Christian Fellowship and Servant Partners staff on site are blessing some of their neighbors with gifts of food staples provided through donations that have been given to SP. Botocan community members mostly live on day-to-day income. Small acts of sharing with neighbors alleviate the profound financial stress of this crisis on day laborers. In South Los Angeles, a family from Church of the Redeemer offered to co-quarantine with a friend at church who was struggling with depression and was concerned about being isolated.
Would you please consider giving to our Covid-19 Community Support Fund?
Working through our Servant Partners church network and our community non-profits, we will distribute donations from this fund to our urban poor neighbors, who are not being adequately supported during this crisis by the systems which exist in their contexts.
Please pray for Servant Partners staff as we seek to love our neighbors. We have formed a team which will meet regularly to support our staff and international ministries throughout this health crisis. We are asking staff to abide by health experts’ recommended precautions for social distancing and sanitizing, so that they are safer and contribute to the safety of others in their communities. The challenge of spiritual leadership in urban communities means, at times, our staff experience personal risks in order to serve the needs of others. They are working on creative ways of meeting together with others for ministry utilizing technology. Servant Partners staff will be gathering online to support one another and our work with regular times of prayer together.
May the Lord bless you and your families! May God’s glory be revealed among the nations!
In Jesus’ Hope,
Derek and Lisa Engdahl