Locking down a nation of 1.3 billion comes at a price. India has had fewer cases of COVID-19 than experts anticipated, but the nation has experienced more than its share of hardship during the pandemic.
Missionaries working with the nonprofit organization Gospel for Asia have witnessed the challenges of India’s nationwide lockdown, which began March 25.
India has begun to reopen its economy, although some businesses in rural parts of India got permission to reopen as early as April 20. Some rural schools will be permitted to begin the academic year in July.
“Coronavirus is a real problem, maybe not as bad as in some European countries or in New York, but the problem [for India that] is a million times more severe [is] starvation,” K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
Yohannan was born in 1950 in Kerala in the southern part of India and has spent his life working in Christian ministry, first as a pastor in America and then as a missionary in India and other parts of Asia.
He founded Gospel for Asia in 1979; the missions organization now has around 10,000 staff members serving in India.
The nonprofit’s missionaries have served on the front lines of some of India’s most rural and poverty-stricken areas during the coronavirus pandemic, providing food and medical care and teaching basic hygiene…
Learn more by reading the GFA Special Report: The Scandal of Starvation in a World of Plenty — World Hunger’s Ugly Truths Revealed
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