Prayers and Outreach
The Moravian Board of World Mission continues to invite your prayers for the children of God worldwide that are suffering from hunger, natural disasters, war, and injustice. We would like to provide you with information on three areas of concern.
Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Relief Efforts
On August 14, a devasting 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti. At present, the death toll is over 2,200 persons, with over 12,000 injured. Haiti is a Mission Area of the Moravian Church with a dozen congregations and is jointly supervised by the Eastern West Indies and Jamaica Provinces. Moravians in the capital city of Port-au-Prince have already sent teams into Jacmel and Anse de Nau to provide emotional and spiritual support, food, and materials to those in need. The Moravian church buildings in those villages are heavily damaged, and with homes destroyed, most people are sleeping in the streets or vacant properties. Thanks to the support that we have received so far, the BWM has sent $17,500 to Haiti. Special thanks to the Armando Rusindo Mission Foundation for their partnership in this effort.
Hurricane Ida Impact on the Gulf Coast
As this report is being prepared, reports of damage from Hurricane Ida are just beginning to come in. This was a major Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in Louisiana, and damage assessments are expected to be high and likely loss of life. We have initiated discussions with our ecumenical partners in the Evangelical Lutheran and the Presbyterian Churches, who have extensive networks in the area. As this storm system moves from the Gulf shore up into the Northeastern US, we anticipate flooding issues all along its path. At this time will be sending funds to help with emergency outreach and will begin to look towards long-term rebuilding efforts when we can send teams in safely.
Afghanistan Refugee Resettlement
With the withdrawal of military personnel and foreign citizens from Afghanistan now complete, many Afghans are seeking to find refuge in the US and Canada. As Christians, we share in a calling to welcome those who are seeking safe shelter. In this effort, the BWM is partnering with Church World Service to support this urgent need. We encourage congregations to work with the local agencies that might be sponsoring resettlement efforts in their area. This would include providing help with housing and utilities, providing English language and job training, and providing money to purchase clothing and items needed for setting up their new home. We invite everyone to join in prayer, love, and action to protect those fleeing violence and persecution.
You can assist the BWM in all of our efforts to bring relief to those in need by sending your donations to: Board of World Mission, 1021 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. You may also make your donation online at http://moravianmission.org/give/ and click on the green “Donate Now” link at the top of the page. Please indicate that your gift is for “MDR”. Your support changes lives.