"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
We recently spoke with Abusa Pilira in Malawi about the recent flooding situation going on and our service for relief efforts. The situation is still bad during the midst of the rainy season. The heavy downpours are leaving a devastating effect which leads to more displaced families and collapsed houses. Many international relief groups are responding to the crisis which is good, but much more is still needed. In Zomba alone, approximately 24,000 households have been displaced and they are now living in schools, churches and health centers.
This week, our staff went to the Namachete Primary school working alongside the Zomba District Disaster Committee to provide emergency relief care packages. This school is in a remote area, hosting many people who have been displaced. We are working on identifying and helping those in our area. We have a number of pastors from our Passion Center Pastoral Ministry living here as well as one of our Community Health Network groups serving here. The relief packs we distributed on February 3rd helped about a thousand people. During the distribution, our staff prayed with individuals and shared the Gospel message in which 17 individuals gave their lives to Christ. As our team was returning to the Passion Center, another heavy thunderstorm hit and more houses gave way to the downpour. We haven't received reports of cholera outbreaks yet and we won't know the extent of crop damage until the rains subside, but people are already preparing for these problems.
The District Disaster Committee have identified the following challenges and need urgent supplies based on the living conditions of the displaced people:
1. Lack of bedding (blankets and foam mattresses)
2. Lack of mosquito nets - this increases the risk for malaria because the classrooms do not have windows to keep mosquitoes out; the presence of more standing water attracts mosquitoes which carry the disease, increasing the likelihood for deaths from malaria for the young, sick, and elderly people.
3. Lack of cooking utensils and water storage buckets - many lost everything in the floods.
4. A critical need is fortified porridge for children under 8 years old.
If you can donate to help improve their living conditions, please visit our website or send in your donations.
As a mission team leaves for Malawi this month, please keep them in prayer as they gauge what kind of support and supplies the Community Health Network and Passion Center Pastors need, both now and in the months to come.
Thank you for praying and caring; may God continue to bless and guide you.