zm's Mission Director Mike
who has just spent three weeks in Malawi and Mozambique, reports on the
impact the recent flooding has had on zm's partner churches.
The biggest impact was experienced by the Zambezi Evangelical
Church and the River of Life Evangelical Church. The storms that preceded
Cyclone Idai brought the greatest destruction in Malawi and the parts of
Mozambique where zm's partners
are based. The impact of these storms was two-fold: firstly, four days of
torrential rain accompanied by driving winds weakened the walls of buildings
which are often built with “dambo”, unfired mud bricks that use
mud as mortar. Many walls collapsed, injuring and sometimes killing those
Mtengowabalame ZEC in Mozambique
Some churches and prayer houses collapsed – the largest
affected being Mtengowabalame ZEC in Mozambique. The second
impact came from flash floods as the waters swept away crops,
roads and houses. Many people are still living in camps as a result of the
flooding: at Miyanga ZEC many church members told us that they had been
left with nothing.
Crops swept away by the flash flooding
this brief mini-video, Pastor Kamwendo of Nanluka
ZEC tells about his children's miraculous escape as his house
Projects Officer Rose Chirwa working at night with Regional Superintendent Henry
to organise relief packages for Miyanga ZEC at Chirombo.
Miyanga ZEC (at Chirombo): one 50kg bag of maize was shared between
zm has been responding to the needs by
providing plastic sheets for those whose houses have been affected), as
well as 25kg maize, soya pieces, salt, soap, water buckets and plates for
all ZEC church members affected. We have completed distribution at Miyanga
ZEC (at Chirombo), Mwazule ZEC and Ndokota ZEC. The mission will also be
helping the church to construct Pastor Kamwendo's new house. We are also
working with the church leadership to provide relief support in the Lower
Shire area which was badly affected by flood waters.
Mwazule ZEC: Henry Muhiye supervises distribution
recipients of relief
On behalf of zambesi mission and
our church partners we want to say a very big thank you to everyone who
has given so generously to support the mission's small but significant relief
efforts as we seek to help the most vulnerable in our partners' churches.
We thank God that even great waters cannot sweep away the love that
God shows through His people.