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Disaster Relief

Please consider making a gift to Mercy, Inc. Your donation will be used to purchase supplies to provide humanitarian aid as well as financial and agricultural assistance to help the affected people to recover.

Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Education and Intervention

Ebola is an extremely dangerous virus with a 90% mortality rate according to the World Health Organization. Prayers and financial support to purchase the prevention kits and provide training will help save lives in the Beni area where there is a current virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Noah Kyotha (pictured above), Village Church Planter (VCP) stated, “Intervention for Ebola prevention is one of the church’s missions because Jesus cares for our spiritual and physical lives, the reason why He forgives sin and heals our disease.”

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The goal is to reach 3,000 people in the area. Targeting VCP trainers, VCP students, church members, the local population, neighbors, schools , teachers and students as well as taxi drivers, teaching prevention techniques and installing hand washing stations. Mercy is releasing $9,000 in funds to purchase supplies, transportation and more for a 21 day push.


Natural Disasters

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea” — Psalm 46:1-2

Flooding

Bangladesh

Many who have fled their homes have only been able to bring with them what they could carry. Some escape in boats, rafts, or walking through the flooded streets.

Many who have fled their homes have only been able to bring with them what they could carry. Some escape in boats, rafts, or walking through the flooded streets.

UpdateD July 26, 2019

Severe flooding, the result of torrential monsoon rains, is causing death and destruction in several areas of Bangladesh. As of July 26, areas of 26 of the country’s 64 districts have been flooded, affecting more than 4 million people. Rivers are running at historic levels. Many people have been reported as missing as the death toll has surpassed 100. More than five million people have been affected by flooding since the beginning of July. Flood waters continue to rise in many areas as some have started to recede in other areas.

In addition to the loss of life, according to authorities, several hundred thousand have been forced to leave their homes as they have been destroyed, severely damaged or have become uninhabitable. Thousands of people have been trapped in their homes and shelters as the flood waters surround them. Many who flee their homes do so with only what they are able to carry as they escape on small boats, rafts, or by simply walking through the flooded streets.

The Rohingya refugee camps have all been flooded. Tribal people in the hilly areas have experienced over 400 landslides thus far, losing homes and crops. Communications in and out of the flooded areas has been hampered. The northern region of Bangladesh also has been hit with losses. Additionally, several dams that protect some 20,000 residents have been damaged by landslides, and many schools have been forced to close. There is a critical shortage of clean drinking water across all the affected areas. Water sources, which were once safe, have now been contaminated.

Those escaping the flooded areas are taking shelter on roadsides, in unsafe conditions, without food and water. Women who are pregnant and young children are at an increased risk of illness, and the need for medical attention continually increases. Pneumonia, typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and many other health hazards have been reported.

Leaders in Mercy’s partner ministry in Bangladesh have identified a group of 25,000 as needing immediate assistance. This group consists of 15,000 in specific communities, 7,000 Rohingya refugees, and 3,000 Tribal people. Due to the lack of news coverage on this crisis, the ability for agencies to raise donations in support of these efforts within the affected regions will be hampered.

—this page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Please consider making a gift to Mercy, Inc. Your donation will be used to purchase supplies to provide humanitarian aid as well as financial and agricultural assistance to help the affected people to recover.


Terrorism

“Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.” — 1 John 3:13 (ESV)

Burkina Faso - UpdateD Aug. 8, 2019

Terrorists recently attacked a Village Church Plant church in the town of Sirgagui, Burkina Faso, killing 8 individuals for their Christian faith. Ongoing terrorist activity in Burkina Faso has led to the displacement of thousands who are unable to return to their villages.

Mourners gather to bury their loved ones killed in the the attack.

Mourners gather to bury their loved ones killed in the the attack.

The physical and spiritual needs among the displaced families, including those who lost loved ones in the recent attack, are very high. Efforts are underway to mobilize a response through individual US churches to help Burkina Faso Assemblies of God help these refugees.

The two widows of the pastors killed

The two widows of the pastors killed

Helping distribute food resources

Helping distribute food resources

Mercy has provided $1250 disaster relief funds specifically for rice, maize, and cooking oil for displaced families. While this may not seem like a lot of money, it goes a long way in Burkina Faso, bringing positive impact to a multitude of displaced families by also providing funds for much-needed agricultural aid to the families who lost loved ones, food for the displaced families, and transportation and Bibles for ongoing Village Church Plant training.

Dean Davis, Senior Strategist for One Mission Society’s Global Ministries Department: “My sense is that the displacement of Christians is greater than either we or [individual US churches] are going to be able to fully respond to. But what we do in the name of Jesus will help.”

Newly mobilized Village Church Plant trainers

Newly mobilized Village Church Plant trainers


Sri Lanka Church Bombing - Update

 

A recent bombing of a church in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka left 28 dead and over 50 severely injured. OMS is aiming to bring restoration to the affected families. Richard, a Sri Lankan pastor, views a banner of those killed.

Pastor Richard views a banner of the victims

Pastor Richard views a banner of the victims

Mercy released $5000 from the Disaster Relief fund which enabled medicines, food, and other supplies to be purchased and brought to the families impacted by the bombing. Pastor Richard was able to get through with the much needed supplies.

Pastor Richard visits families in need (in middle with young girl)

Pastor Richard visits families in need (in middle with young girl)

Pastor Richard shared the hope of God’s word with hurting families. A prayer vigil took place for the victims’ families. Pray for wisdom for Richard as he makes more plans to support the many families in need.

Prayer vigil for victims’ families

Prayer vigil for victims’ families

Now that restrictions on movement in the affected area are being lifted, your support will allow spiritual and physical aid to come to the many affected families in this long and difficult season of recovery.