Over the last week, many areas of South Eastern Africa have been devastated by Cyclone Idai. Torrential rain and winds up to 170km/h have swept from Malawi, across Mozambique and into Zimbabwe.
UN officials have stated that as of 17/03/2019, 150 have died, hundreds are missing and potentially tens of thousands are still missing. Currently, 1.5 million people have been effected in Mozambique (600,000) and Malawi (900,000) as rescue attempts are still ongoing.
Jackie Griffiths, our missionary in Malawi, has said: “82,725 people have been displaced with many camping out in schools or one of the 187 camps that have been set up in all 14 of the affected districts… Many of our Elim members have been affected as well as church buildings damaged or destroyed. As well as loss of life or injury due to falling buildings and damage or destruction of buildings, crops which were just a few weeks away from harvest, have been totally destroyed. This is going to have a long lasting effect.”
Our contacts on the ground will co-ordinate our response and will of course give updates as to how your generosity has had a positive impact on the people across several countries in South Eastern Africa.
The immediate needs which your giving would contribute to are:
Provide food and assistance
Provide seeds so that they can plant again
Help provide roofs for destroyed homes
Rebuild Elim’s destroyed Churches
We are calling on our Elim family to demonstrate through practical ways the compassion of Jesus to a nation broken by this natural disaster. Please share this Relief Appeal on your Social Media outlets and give using any of the methods in response to this appeal.
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