OGHS: Caring for a world in need
LPC cares for a world in need. The past month has seen devastating floods close to home and far away. Through this year’s One Great Hour of Sharing offering, LPC members are able to offer help to the victims of the floods in Mozambique and the American Midwest in Christ’s name. 100% of your gift to OGHS will go to mission partner Samaritan’s Purse and our own EPC emergency fund.
Cyclone Idai hit the port city of Beira, Mozambique, with 100 mph winds on March 14, destroying buildings and dumping torrential rains that flooded an area of 1,200 square miles. With water up to 19 feet deep in some locations, thousands of people are still stranded on rooftops and in trees, even as the floodwaters are beginning to recede. The storm also devastated farmers in the midst of harvest season, damaging or destroying up to 1 million acres of crops and threatening food supplies. Hundreds of cases of cholera are developing as well. More than 500 lost their lives in the storm and 500,000 were displaced.
Samaritan’s Purse is there providing much needed aid, having already airlifted over 72 tons of supplies. This included shelter materials, a water treatment system, and an Emergency Field Hospital. On April 2, another SP aircraft departed on a third trip to bring additional tarps, medical supplies, and equipment to produce clean water.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. —Psalm 46:1 (ESV)
The EPC has launched an emergency relief fund to help relieve suffering caused by historic flooding in the Midwest. A massive winter storm earlier this month caused rivers in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and Wisconsin to rise to all-time record levels. The flooding has killed at least three people and caused more than $3 billion in damages so far. Donations to the fund will be sent to EPC churches in areas affected by the flooding for identified needs.
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