Hundreds have died after cyclone Idai hit Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Malawi. Thousands are missing or displaced. International news outlets report that 1.5 million people are impacted in these three southern Africa countries.
There are reports that Beira, Mozambique has been hardest hit. Cyclone Idai destroyed 90% of this central port city. Much of the city is covered in water with some survivors clinging to trees and rooftops awaiting rescue. Beira is the home of the central office of the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, a historic Global Ministries partner. In addition to the United Church of Christ in Mozambique, Global Ministries relates to the Christian Council of Mozambique, Mozambique Synod of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, and Ricatla United Seminary. Rev. Marco Cable, Area Executive for Africa, is still waiting on news and information from some partners in Mozambique due to the loss of electricity and instability related to the cyclone. Detailed information related to the cyclone’s impact on partners will be shared as available. However, the Africa office has received this report from the Christian Council of Mozambique:
“I can share with you is that Beira was destroyed by the cyclone. The city doesn't have electricity, water, communication, and roads were destroyed. More than 84 people died in the past 4 days. The cyclone was coming with almost 220k/h of wind. People lost all of their goods, including food. Now many are standing on trees, and more than 6,000 homes were destroyed. Today, we found 11 corpses in the river.
It is still raining in the Tete province. This province is affected by floods, as are most districts, including the capital city. The bridge is closed because the government is afraid that it may collapse. People are suffering as a result of no water, food, and shelter.
Zambezia province was affected by the cyclone specifically in the district called Chinde. More than 400 houses were destroyed. Floods are affecting many districts in that area.”Read more
It’s funny to think about how long it takes to become accustomed to living in a new environment. Upon arrival and throughout my first few months living in “the provinces” (as my urban Freetown friends refer to the Bombali District) I truly felt as if I were struggling to adjust to living the “suffer-posh” life as friends jokingly call life here. The inconsistent electricity, water, internet access, and my daily use of motorbikes, packet waters, bucket-bathing, and mosquito nets were all so foreign to me when I first moved to Makeni, Sierra Leone.Read more
Thousands of Liberian refugees who fled civil war and disease are at risk of immediate deportation unless Congress acts. Since 1991, Liberia has been continuously designated for either Temporary Protected Status or DED, due to unsafe country conditions preventing Liberians from safely returning.Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 9:28-36
Prayers for Ghana:
Lord Jesus we thank you for your unconditional love, your compassion, your guidance in our daily life.
As we live and work with our brothers and sisters in Peki, Ghana we see YOU in them.
They show your unconditional LOVE by sharing their lives, food, clothing, knowledge and openness to accept people of another race and culture into their home, church, and community.
They show your COMPASSION by being patient, understanding, and willing to help in anyway they can NO matter how small it may seem.
They show Guidance by sharing their culture, history, giving direction, stories of the community, to give us a feeling of being part of them.
As we work alongside our Partner the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana in Healthcare and at the EP Seminary in Peki we pray that you continue to bless them as they continue to show your LOVE in their daily walk.Read more
Did you know that for more than 150 years our church has been in relationship with partner churches and organizations all over the world?Read more
Lectionary Selection: Luke 5:1-11
Prayers for Sierra Leone:
O creative God, we are amazed by your awesome ability to transform everyday human functions into sacred acts of hope that draw people closer to you while infusing them with your vision of peace, love and justice.
We ask that you inspire us and give us the courage to move past our fears, limitations, and frustrations that we may trust you with our whole lives and become fishers of people.
Today we pray for our families in Sierra Leone as they continue to strengthen their country and fight for the rights of women and girls. Assist all of us in letting go of troublesome societal norms so we can follow you whole-heartedly, knowing that you will make our lives meaningful and productive. We pray for strength to those who advocate for equality, so all may have long-term, transformational impact.
In the name of our loving and transforming Savior we pray, Amen.Read more
A statement from the Zimbabwe Council of Churches regarding the civil unrest and violence of January 14, 2019.Read more
Dear Partners and Friends of PROCMURA,Read more
Lectionary Selection: John 2:1-11
Prayers for Democratic Republic of Congo:
We thank you for answering so many prayers on December 30, 2018, Election Day in DR Congo. A day spared from widespread violence and upheaval. We thank you for protecting all of the volunteer election observers serving under the Churches of Christ in Congo (known by its French acronym, ECC), one of three Global Ministries’ partners in DR Congo. We are grateful that most ECC election observers were mostly young adult leaders in the church, a sign that you are raising up a generation ready to embrace peaceful change and transformation in DR Congo.
We pray for resolution of the ebola crisis in DR Congo’s eastern provinces, now the second most deadly outbreak of the disease on record. May the violence that continues to hamper the response cease so that health workers can reach villages cut off by armed militias.
We praise you for pastors in the Community of Disciples of Christ in Congo (CDCC) who labored for decades teaching and preaching the Gospel and also worked to bring improved healthcare, clean water, food security, and other development priorities to their faith communities.
Finally, we thank you for the example of Dr. Mugweli, a Congolese obstetrician and recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, for his transformative work with women traumatized by sexual violence. May his call for unity and democracy be heard in DR Congo and the world as well.
In Jesus name, AmenRead more
From the All Africa Conference of Churches
January 8, 2019Read more