Project Idai Update:
We are so grateful to report that the INcontext team, through our supporters, was able to make a significant contribution in Mozambique. The Lord divinely partnered us with Prof Jean Simonis, an expert in Hydrology and water purification with previous expertise in disaster management. His input was of immeasurable value.
The team met with one of the local ministers and Jean was able to travel to Beira where he spent 2 weeks assessing the needs and opportunities for further involvement.
Through the precious involvement of some of our donors we were already able to support local Christian leaders with food and basic necessities as well as general relief. Jean also used his expertise to start cleaning up some wells and purifying water for locals to use in some of the worst-hit villages.
Clean water remains the greatest need at the moment, to contain the spread of Cholera. Jean also made contact with the Catholic University in Beira who helped him with further connections into the slum area of Beira where thousands are left homeless. The Catholic Church is providing aid in the slums and doing an amazing job. Jean travelled up river to visit other communities that are still cut off. These areas were only accessible by boat.
There is still a lot of work to do and there are still many people in need of relief and hope, but we believe that with your help we can continue to make a lasting difference in more people’s lives.
Matthew 22:39-40 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
PROJECT IDAI hopes to raise support for flood victims in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi have been hit by a vicious cyclone that killed more than 750 people, has left hundreds more missing and stranded tens of thousands who are cut off from roads and telephones in mainly poor, rural areas.
Cyclone Idai has impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million people in the three southern African countries, according to the UN and government officials. The death toll is expected to rise as authorities continue to assess the situation. Nearly 128,000 people are now in temporary camps and aid workers across the region are preparing for the spread of diseases such as cholera and malaria.
Mozambique’s central port city of Beira was hardest hit when the storm made landfall late Thursday [14 March] with winds of up to 177km/h (106 mph). It then moved westward into Zimbabwe and Malawi, affecting thousands more, particularly in eastern areas bordering Mozambique.
UN agencies and the Red Cross are helping with rescue efforts that include delivering food supplies and medicines by helicopter in the impoverished southern African countries. Roads and bridges have been swept away, slowing rescue efforts by the military, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.
In response to this devastating crisis, INcontext is launching Project Idai to raise funds for relief efforts. All funds raised will be transferred to Harvesters Ministries’ relief fund that is administered under Harvest Aid. They have a vast network through which relief can be distributed in these affected countries.
We are especially calling upon the South African Church to respond to this crisis which has heavily impacted their neighbouring ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’. Jesus Commands us to love our neighbours – just as much as we love ourselves – as such, we have an obligation to reach out to our brothers and sisters in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi and to show them the love of God.