Help is Needed!
Some of you may have heard of the terrible flooding that is happening right now in Central Mozambique. Two weeks ago we started to receive news of a worsening situation in Malawi and the Zambezi province of Mozambique. Then this last week one of our pastor/monitors in the Zambezi river valley area, Pastor Santuni, visited to share the difficult time many are facing in his area of Nyangoma.
On Saturday, Andy (our Swiss pilot) and I flew with Pastor Ricardo and one of the visiting Bible school students from Canada to survey the area impacted by the floods. It truly is hard to see so many homes and fields literally washed away. This is the time when food is traditionally grown for the year ahead and although more crops can be planted once the flood water subsides (using the humidity left behind), the reality is that homes will have to be rebuilt, seed will be needed to plant and the simple basics like clothing and blankets will be needed.
Today I received an email from a missionary friend, Stuart Wood, in the U.K. who has received information from their church leader (one of our pastor trainers) that 11 of their church members have been killed in the flooding and many homes and churches washed away. He is scheduled to visit Mozambique and will meet with me later this month to see what and how help can be provided.
At this stage, we have people on the ground evaluating the needs and we are assessing the best possible way in which we as a mission may be able to help. Naturally any help we provide will be based on generous people being willing to share in this need. Our SAM Ministries board is also working through the details and once we have a clear idea of what we will do to help, we will share this with you. In the meantime, you can feel free to donate to the Mozambique Flood Relief and you can be assured the help will get to needy people in the form of food, homes, clothing, blankets or seed in one way or another.
Thank you for your prayers for us all as we move forward and for all those going through a very difficult time.