If you have been following the news from Pakistan, you are hearing about the record-breaking monsoon season there and the resultant flooding. The pictures in this post were taken by Shakeel in his recent visit to Sindh Province.
More than 33 million Pakistanis have been affected as they leave flooded or destroyed homes and try to find a place for shelter from the rains and water.
Shakeel visited one of the affected areas a couple of days ago to review the situation with Shahzaib, the newest addition to the Reach the Nations pastoral team. Shahzaib lives in the Sanghar region of Sindh and has had to vacate the home where he, his wife, and baby were living. They have been given shelter by nearby family members.
But many in the area remain in dire need, with nowhere to turn. Their homes are ruined or inaccessible. Crops have been destroyed. Animals are hungry and some are dying. People, too, are in need of food. Pictures above and below show families "camping" along roadways until they can return to their homes.
Reach the Nations is providing aid to be distributed by Shakeel and Shahzaib (pictured below) to sustain desperate families until national or international aid can arrive.
Please pray with us that outside help will come soon so food and water can be supplied, homes rebuilt, and roads reconstructed.
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." - Psalm 46:1-3