“Help us, Jesus!”

Picture of hurricane Dorian victims in Haiti
01Oct

“Help us, Jesus!”

I tried to imagine what it would be like to endure a Category 5 hurricane generating 185 mph sustained winds, dumping 3 feet of rain, and pushing a wall of seawater over 20 feet tall across the island, submerging all but a few small areas of high ground, incessantly pounding everything in its path to shreds—and even moving large cement block homes hundreds of feet off their foundations. Most trees were uprooted or snapped off; those that remained were barren, leafless skeletons.

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Picture of devastation from the Bahamas (Getty Images)
06Sep

Responding to Disaster in the Bahamas

I’m sure you’ve watched in horror the media’s coverage of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian this week in the Bahamas. Although known as a tourist destination and getaway for the rich, the vast majority of the Bahamian people, scattered across many of the 700 islands that make up that nation, are very poor and without the means to recover on their own.

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Picture of disaster in Malawi
22May

Relief Comes to Malawi and Mozambique

Will it stop?? That’s what I’ve been thinking in March and early April as 3 separate cyclones (hurricanes) pommeled the southeastern coast of Africa—particularly Mozambique and Malawi, two of the poorest countries on earth.

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Picture of flooding in Malawi from Cyclone
14Mar

Disaster Strikes Malawi—Again

Just three days ago I reported to you about some very poor brothers and sisters in Malawi who lost their homes to a cyclone last fall, and how you helped through the Disaster Relief Ministry. But as I write (March 14), another cyclone (Idai) is ripping across Malawi, deluging that small, poor African nation with rain. The very morning my report hit your inbox, I received a disturbing email from the same partner in Malawi, telling me heavy rains from that cyclone were, at that moment, flooding vast lowland areas of the country, severely damaging or destroying homes, meager possessions, food supplies, and taking dozens of lives.

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