Sunday, January 18, 2015

Crisis in Mozambique

The Licungo River now cuts the country in half (literally).
Photo Source: Mozambique Cut In Two: Red Alert for 'Historical' Floods - clubofmozambique.com
Dear Friends and Family,
 
As you may have heard, Northern Mozambique and neighboring Malawi are currently in a state of emergency due to historic flooding which has burst open the biggest rivers in the region. Many people have died and thousands have been displaced.

Last Monday in the village of Mocuba, the Licungo River became so wild that it toppled and swept away a bridge that connects the only highway linking the northern half of Mozambique with the rest of the country. The river also swept away ten pylons holding the only electrical wires carrying power to the four Northern provinces. This cut off all electricity and all access to Nampula, Zambezia, Niassa, and Cabo Delgado, where over ten million people live, and where our orphanage and ministry are located.
 
At first we didn’t think this would affect us so harshly because the orphanage isn’t in a flood zone. But our life-saving well, which dear friends raised money to get us several years ago, and which has brought us and many of our neighbors through every drought since, depends on an electrical pump to function. After a few days without electricity the staff was seriously struggling to find water for 50 people to drink and use for showers, cooking, dishes, laundry, and everything else.
 
Victor and the staff have been pushed beyond their limits as they strain to keep sanitary conditions without the use of the well. Millions of people are now fighting for survival, and everyone is under tremendous stress, making the situation even more intense. There is price gouging for normal food items and survival supplies are sold out in stores. This is the time of year when cholera, malaria, and other diseases are most prevalent, and now we are especially concerned about keeping everyone healthy.
 
We would like to buy a heavy duty generator that would allow us to use our well during this crisis and in any future crises that may occur. The orphanage is normally a place where others come when they are desperate, and it has always been a great blessing to serve people during their greatest times of need. This is an important part of our ministry and something we have not been able to do this week, as we have had to put all our energy and resources into finding water for our kids in the orphanage.
 
We would like to ask that you would pray heartily for all the people in Mozambique and Malawi who are affected by the flooding.
 
Please pray especially that the kids and staff at the orphanage will get through this – that God will provide the needed water and food and that nobody will get sick or injured during this time.

If anyone feels lead to help us get a generator or cover the unexpected costs incurred this month, we would greatly appreciate it. There is a PayPal button on our website.
 
We would also greatly appreciate any of you sharing our prayer requests and needs with friends.
 
Thank you so much to all our supporters who sustain us through prayer, encouragement and monetary donations. We know that we could not have this ministry without you and we are tremendously grateful that you are a part of our lives. We hope you know what a huge difference you are making in the lives of the children and families we serve in Mozambique.
 
Blessings,
 
Victor and Christina

The Licungo River passing in front of the village of Mocuba this week.
Photo Source: jornalnoticias.co.mz
Photo I took of the same Mocuba bridge last month. You can see where the river used to be. Mocuba is a few hours south of Nampula and I've always thought it's the cutest village in Mozambique because of the way the coconut trees and houses are situated along the river.
Many of these have "toppled over."
Photo Source: edm.co.mz

1 comment:

Delli Babu Mummudi Thothadri said...

Very Pathetic Situation. Wish God Show us some Good Way... where life of under priveliged are not pushed to the corner any more.
GOD SHOW US THE WAY Forward for continuing our lives with PEACE HARMONY & GOOD WILL.