Salem Church disaster relief team removing debris from yard.
By Carl Stagner
Memorial Day weekend wasn’t all barbecues and sunshine across the Midwest. Especially from central Indiana to the Dayton, Ohio, area, festivities were cut short on May 27 due to an outbreak of tornadoes, the likes of which most residents had never seen. More than a dozen tornadoes touched down between the state line and the Interstate 75-Interstate 70 interchange, with winds up to 170 miles per hour in the worst twisters, one of which was a half-mile wide. To make matters worse, these storms came after dark and hit many low-income neighborhoods the hardest. Without hesitation, the Church of God sprang into action, offering assistance wherever it was needed. Even since the newness of the tragic events has worn off and the national spotlight on Dayton has dimmed, congregations like Salem and Hopeland continue to distribute helping hands, supplies, and love in the wake of disaster. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Clayton, community service, Dayton, Hopeland, Hopeland Church, humanitarian, Jessica Hayes, Joel Burton, Kyle Hayes, love, OH, Ohio, outreach, Salem Church of God, service project, service projects, severe weather, storm, storm damage, tornado, tornadoes, Vacation Bible School, VBS
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
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Tagged Africa, crisis, Disaster Relief, Disaster Relief Team, donation, DRC, drought, Emmanuel Masamba, financial, flood, flooding, floods, funds, help, humanitarian aid, hunger, Mailesi Ndao, Malawi, rain, southern Africa, storm damage, storms, support, weather, wind, Zambia
All ages got involved in the building restoration.
By Noel Marquis
When Fairview Church of God of Falkville, Alabama, composed a work team to help with the restoration process at Orange Church of God in Orange, Texas, they expected to encounter hurricane damage. What they didn’t expect was the new and beautiful relationships they gained through the process. Continue reading
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Tagged aid, AL, Alabama, Demetrius Moffett, Disaster Relief, Fairview Church of God, Fairview The Grace Place, Falkville, First Church of God, Hurricane Harvey, Milan Dekich, Noel Marquis, Orange, storm damage, Texas, TX, work camps, work team
Tree and structural damage in Puerto Rico (credit: Caleb Garcia).
The following is a disaster relief update provided by Mary Ann Martinez-Garcia of the Church of God in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria first made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20 (click here for the original report).
Thank you so much for your support and the support of our Church of God family. We really appreciate your prayers! Continue reading
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Tagged aid, Caribbean, crisis, Disaster Relief, DRC, humanitarian, Hurricane Maria, Mary Ann Martinez Garcia, Puerto Rico, recovery, storm damage, update
A symbol of hope post-hurricane at Warner University.
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Tagged aid, Bradenton, Caribbean, Cuba, David Hoag, Disaster Relief, Dominican Republic, FL, Florida, Florida Church of God Ministries, Florida Ministries, Haiti, humanitarian, Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, storm damage, U.S. Virgin Islands, Warner University