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 2019 News Stories
June 2019
Report from zm's Mission Director Mike Beresford


zm's Mission Director Mike Beresford, 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 floods…

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 inside.


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

  In this brief mini-video, Pastor Kamwendo of Nanluka ZEC tells about his children's miraculous escape as his house walls collapsed.

 

 
Projects Officer Rose Chirwa working at night with Regional Superintendent Henry Muhiye
to organise relief packages for Miyanga ZEC at Chirombo.


Miyanga ZEC (at Chirombo):
one 50kg bag of maize was shared between two households

…zm…

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


Ndokota ZEC: recipients of relief

 

…and you.

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.

 

 

 
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