Pakistan Floods: Indigenous Missions Reaching Victims One Family at a Time

September 13, 2010

Although the secular news media have nearly forgotten the flood disaster in Pakistan, local Christian mission teams still carry on the grueling relief efforts every day. Delivering aid to one family at a time, they are often forced to use public transportation and walk to remote villages.

Christian Aid sends help to local missions groups in almost every underdeveloped country of the world, and the assistance varies according to local needs. In Pakistan, for example, they are helping to supply flood survivors with the immediate items needed to start recovery — food packages, bed frames with nylon netting, blankets, canteens and water bottles, metal trunks, mess kits, pedestal fans, and changes of clothing. These kinds of goods are produced and purchased within the local economy — and rarely provided by the government or foreign aid agencies.

RESCUED FROM FLOOD WATERS - Christian Aid Mission aid is sent to local mission teams in Pakistan to help flood victims like these in the terrible floods that have displaced 20 million people along the Indus River basin.

Evangelical groups are extending help to internally displaced persons (IDPs) that still can´t get back to their farms and villages. About 500,000 people are affected by the floods in Charsada with an additional 700,000 in Nowshera. Indigenous missionaries live among the people they are helping. For some, their own homes were destroyed in the flooding which swept away everything. They know what it is like to live under the open skies in the hot sun and monsoon rains.

Native Christian leaders along the hard-hit Indus River basin are saying that the damage is much worse than first thought and they believe that recovery will take years.

So far only about half the affected population has been reached with any emergency aid. The situation continues to deteriorate, say authorities, especially for children most affected by contaminated water. According to the government, about 20 million are involved in the flooding. Many parts of the country are still impassible lakes. “No one was prepared for a disaster of this magnitude,” says one local mission leader, “every hour of the day brings more news of devastation and the monsoon season continues.”