Convoy Of Hope & C.O.G.I.C World Missions Responds to two disasters
Convoy of Hope’s U.S. Disaster Services Team and C.O.G.I.C World Missions responded to historic flooding in the Midwest over the last weekend. Convoy and the C.O.G.I.C World Missions, sent two truckloads of water to Nebraska on last week and two more truckloads on this week.
More than 150,000 pounds of bottled water will be distributed in multiple communities throughout Nebraska. Fresh drinking water continues to be the number-one need due to compromised waters systems.
In addition, Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team deployed Monday from Springfield, Missouri, headed to Malawi and Mozambique. The horrific flooding in Africa following Cyclone Idai is being called “the Southern Hemisphere’s worst such disaster in history.”
Three African countries — Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe are suffering a major humanitarian crisis affecting at least 1.75 million people, with the death toll already surpassing 750 — and expected to rise.
In Mozambique, the hardest hit nation, hundreds of thousands have had their homes damaged or destroyed, and 110,000 are now living in makeshift camps. Boats and helicopters were used to rescue thousands stranded on rooftops or caught in trees. Now the fear of an outbreak of cholera and malaria looms.
As in most major disasters overseas, C.O.G.I.C World Missions and Convoy of Hope are partnering in relief efforts.
Bishop Vincent Mathews, President of COGIC World Missions Stated, “The magnitude of these disasters is heartbreaking!” I’m so grateful that our Presiding Bishop Charles Blake and the General Board has helped us to forge this new partnership with Convoy Of Hope.
Our partnership allows us to serve our brothers and sisters much faster and with greater scale. The sheer devastation in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are beyond comprehension. We have been in Contact with our Malawian COGIC Jurisdictions to begin assistance to the affected communities. Also, we have been in contact with our COGIC World Missions Director in Mozambique. Unfortunately, we have over 200 churches in the affected areas of this terrible disaster.
This is a time for our Church to be the church, and touch lives as we represent Jesus. The wonderful opportunity is that regardless of the religion, ethnicity, or nationality of individuals, we serve them. I’m very happy that Convoy will work through our Churches to be points of distribution. Dark Places really need light…this is an opportunity to shine God’s light of Hope and Love.
If you desire to assist our Disaster Relief Efforts, Send checks to:
COGIC World Missions
938 Mason St.
Memphis, TN 38126
Put Africa Disaster Relief in the Memo
Proceeds go directly toward serving those affected by this terrible disaster!
To follow Convoy’s response, visit convoyofhope.org.