Not an Easy Life, but a Full One

Moldovan children with food

For Daniela, being a single mother comes with the tough decision of what to prioritize: money or food? Both take time—and time is hard to come by between her part-time work and four children at home.

Before the pandemic, the economy of Daniela’s home country, Moldova, was projected to grow by 6.9% by the end of 2021. Now, it’s expected to decrease -0.6% instead. For Daniela’s family, work became more difficult to find, and they became cut off from family and friends due to isolation.

Throughout the pandemic, CERI has played an important role in keeping Moldovan children from going hungry. While we have always met needs, the importance of a family’s income and stable sources of food have never been as apparent as now.

Food is one of the simplest ways to help children around the world. It’s also one of the most important. No one understands that truth more than Daniela, who works long hours simply to provide her four children their next meal.

“I want my children to have a better life than me and never want for basic things,” Daniela told us. She works hard today with the hope that her children will find stable careers and a steadier life as adults than she has been able to provide them. For the last five years, Daniela has raised her family alone and is the only source of income.

Without CERI, Daniela’s family life would be difficult. She could not afford fresh fruits and would not have the social services that are vital to their physical, emotional and relational growth. The children would lack social interactions and counseling services. Daniela would miss out on valuable parent trainings.

Daniela with 3 of her children

Regular CERI food packs provide Daniela with essential ingredients so she can focus on her goals for her family. Thanks to supporters like you, Daniela does not worry so often about her family’s next meal.

“When my children are full, I feel good and peaceful,” says Daniela.

For a single mother of four impacted by the pandemic, having one less meal to worry about can make a world of differenc

Your gift feeds a family—and provides peace of mind.

It only takes $25.

I gave, Jesus multiplied

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Feeding the multitude. Based on John 6:1-13.

By Eileen Neave Purkeypile, Director of Marketing & Development

Can you imagine being the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish?

It wasn’t the super organized mom who packs lots of snacks that saved the day. It wasn’t the wealthy businessman from the village that provided for everyone out of his abundance. It wasn’t even the disciple who should’ve planned the day’s itinerary better knowing how long-winded Jesus could be.

It was a young boy with a sharing spirit that made the impossible possible. A simple contribution, together with Jesus’ blessing, provided food to thousands.

The number of people facing hunger today doubled to 265 million in 2020 because of COVID-19. That’s millions of families without enough food and energy to work, go to school or simply live a normal life. Childhood, and their hope of adulthood, is at risk for millions of children because of hunger.

When the disciples came to Jesus asking him to fix the situation, He said, “You give them something to eat.” Jesus could’ve done it without anyone’s help, but He chose to seek the contribution of one person to feed the multitude. 

I believe the same applies today. Jesus calls us to feed the hungry, and when we give what we have, He multiplies it. Not only that, He blesses us. Can you imagine the little boy’s reaction when he saw loaf after loaf come out of his small basket?

The Bible says, “One who is generous will be blessed, because he gives some of his food to the poor.” (Proverbs 22:9)

Today, there is a much larger multitude facing hunger, and not just from missing a meal. Jesus looks to you and says, “You give them something to eat.”

Do you want to be part of the miracles God is doing today? When you give, Jesus multiplies.

I can picture the beaming grin on that boy’s face as he walked home. When he arrived, his mother must have asked what had happened. Still in utter amazement, his words were surely, “I gave, Jesus multiplied.”

With just $25, you can feed a family for one week. Will you give and watch Jesus multiply?