Responding to emergency situations allows CICM to help those in immediate physical need. It is not unusual for natural disasters to occur in India. Due to the extreme poverty and substandard infrastructure, when disasters occur it causes a desperate situation for the victims. Often these people lose everything they have. CICM partners with International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) to provide disaster relief after earthquakes, cyclones, flooding, drought, and tsunamis. With the help of IDES, CICM has distributed food, clothing, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical care to thousands of people.
When distributing the immediate basic physical needs to disaster victims, CICM’s team also takes the opportunity to minister to their spiritual need. As a result, many churches have been planted after CICM has helped villages recovering from natural disasters.
One of CICM’s ongoing relief projects is to provide clean drinking water. In addition to the lack of access to clean water, droughts frequently occur in India and have become worse in the past few years. CICM distributes water to villages and drills many wells in conjunction with church plants.
CICM also helps families who have faced religious persecution. The Persecution Relief Fund helps with medical expenses, replacing destroyed property and providing for special needs of families who have been persecuted for their faith.