Tag Archives: Malawi

A Tale of Two Extremes: Flooding, Drought Devastate Malawi, Zambia

Residents move to higher ground due to rising floodwaters in Malawi.

By Carl Stagner

A crisis of biblical proportions is ongoing in southern Africa, especially the countries of Malawi and Zambia. Lives have been lost. Storms have collapsed homes belonging to Children of Promise-sponsored children. Flooding has destroyed homes belonging to Church of God pastors and laypeople. Church buildings and facilities have been washed away. Crops—representing the livelihood of countless individuals—have been decimated by rising floodwaters in some areas, while catastrophic drought has rendered other fields worthless. Overall, thousands of Church of God people, and hundreds of thousands of people beyond the movement, have been affected by these atmospheric extremes. Church of God Ministries is sending initial funds to the Church of God in Malawi and Zambia, but so much more is needed. Continue reading

Hunger Relief Desperately Needed Amid Malawi Famine

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Photo: Children in Malawi eating lily roots.

By Carl Stagner

Their food supply has been reduced to roots and the occasional tree nut. If devastating, crop-destroying floods weren’t enough last year, extreme drought has now set in across Malawi, especially in the south, which is home to the densest concentration of Church of God congregations. Food sources have dried up, and even the bland water lily bulb root, which is collected from the swamp, is becoming scarce. Desperation is ensuing among families doing whatever they can to provide food for their children. The Church of God is responding, but the need for your support is immediate. Continue reading

Disaster Relief: Malawi Flooding Video Update

By Stephen Lewis

The rains in early January brought massive flooding to broad swathes of the country of Malawi, where the Church of God has more than 136 congregations.* Immediate reports indicated that a number of church buildings and individual homes were completely destroyed as roofs blew off and wood-fired mud-brick walls disintegrated under the constant rain, literally dissolving into mud. Other buildings and houses were partially damaged and will require repair. In some parts of the country, roads were washed away, as were recently planted crops. Click here to read more about the disaster relief efforts in Malawi. Continue reading

Malawi Flooding: Disaster Relief Update

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By Stephen Lewis

The rains in early January brought massive flooding to broad swathes of the country of Malawi, where the Church of God has more than 136 congregations.* Immediate reports indicated that a number of church buildings and individual homes were completely destroyed as roofs blew off and wood-fired mud-brick walls disintegrated under the constant rain, literally dissolving into mud. Other buildings and houses were partially damaged and will require repair. In some parts of the country, roads were washed away, as were recently planted crops. Initial estimates indicate that rebuilding the buildings and houses of our churches and congregants will exceed $40,000, and possibly $50,000. Continue reading

Flooding Disaster in Malawi, Church of God Responds

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Photo: Malawi flooding (Photo courtesy Emmanuel Masamba).

Since the beginning of the year, persistent heavy rains in Malawi and neighboring countries in southern Africa have left massive flooding in their wake. The Disaster Relief Committee at Church of God Ministries has been in conversation with our missionaries in Malawi, Tim and Josie Vickey. While the Vickeys are currently without electricity and water, they are safe and in no danger. Continue reading

Missionaries’ Home Severely Damaged by Fire in Malawi, Africa

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Imagine losing almost everything you own in a single afternoon. For Tammie Tregellas, missionary to Malawi, Africa, that became a reality recently. On Sunday, December 9, a fire broke out in Tammie’s home in Africa. She is presently on home assignment in the United States, and fellow missionaries, Tim and Josie Vickey, are ministering in Malawi in her absence. Continue reading

New Missionaries Elect: Tim and Josie Vickey

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Tim and Josie Vickey are newly appointed Special Assignment Missionaries (SAMs) by the Church of God to Malawi while Tammie Tregellas is on home assignment. They will assist with the building of the National Ministry Center of the Church of God and will participate in training of pastors and leaders. They will also visit and minister in local Church of God congregations to encourage the church. They will serve as Special Assignment Missionaries from October 2012 to July 2013. Continue reading