Christians Under Attack in Congo; Hurricane Sandy Impacts Ministry in New York

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Christians are under attack in Congo.

As you are reading this, our brothers and sisters in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo are fleeing their homes and villages to avoid violent guerilla attacks in the region. According to Tim and Colleen Stevenson, our missionaries to Uganda, rebel fighters, believed to be backed by the neighboring country of Rwanda, are wreaking havoc, terrorizing the people in the Goma and Sake areas of the Congo (DR). This group is extremely dangerous and is targeting Christians and church leaders in the Congo (DR).

The Stevensons write, “The United Nations has a large contingent in Goma, Congo, and more than ten thousand in the country at large, but they are powerless or not mandated to do anything about this.”

You are not powerless. There is something you can do to help.

Click here to join with us in a compassionate response to refugees who have fled the violence and are desperately seeking food and shelter in Church of God churches in Uganda and Congo (DR). You may also contribute by sending your donation to Attn. Hunger Relief, Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018. Be certain to clearly designate your gift to Project #45.04501.

Church of God Ministries has dispatched emergency funds in the amount of $10,000 to provide food and clean water, but the need is greater. The Stevensons and church leaders in Rwanda and the Congo (DR) are pleading for your help in bringing relief to our fellow believers in Christ in the weeks ahead.

Hurricane Sandy victims still need your support.

Early reports from our Church of God pastors in the region hit by Hurricane Sandy, and the resulting tropical storm, expressed gratitude that many lives were spared, but we have since learned that vital ministries in two churches were significantly impacted. First Church of God in Far Rockaway (Queens) remains without power or heat, and much of the fellowship hall has been destroyed due to flooding. All of the furnishings, supplies, and materials in the daycare and church school were lost in flood waters that exceeded eight feet. At the Church of God in Freeport (Long Island), one section of the community center’s roof collapsed. This facility is used to provide hundreds of meals daily to the homeless and to reach children and families in need in the community, but the roof must be replaced before these important programs can resume.

Thank you for caring. Because of the generosity of our Church of God family, Church of God Ministries was able to send $20,000 in response to an initial request for funds. With your continued support, the churches can begin the much-needed repairs and provide temporary shelter, personal and household items, and clothing to those families that have suffered losses. There is still more work we can do together.  

Click here to give online. You may also contribute by sending your donation to Attn. Hunger Relief Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, Indiana 46018. Be certain to clearly designate your gift to Project #45.04502.

For questions regarding this and other disaster relief efforts in the United States and abroad, contact Don Smith, Disaster Relief Committee chair, at DSmith@chog.org or 800-648-2464, ext. 3047.

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