October 16 2017
we don’t hear much about this in the news, especially in light of all the many
other disasters around the world, South Asia has experienced unprecedented
flooding in the past few months.
rains raised the water levels of 18
rivers, submerging most of the 20
districts in the north. More than 3.3 million people are homeless in a nation already suffering. The
floods claimed the lives of more than
1,200 people, and many more are still missing. Millions of lives are
still in danger, as well as their homes, agricultural production, and
livestock. These recent floods break all of the previous records, which says a
victims lost all their belongings and now are struggling with a lack of food
and drinking water, shelter, and medications. Hundreds of thousands remain
homeless and hungry.
The water situation is also
grave. Out of desperation, many people are being poisoned by drinking
contaminated well water, which has infiltrated the wells.
many roads and railways under water, making transportation and delivering
supplies difficult to impossible.
tragic situation in this already overcrowded nation involves the migration of
the Rohingya people fleeing from Myanmar due to religious persecution.
partners in South Asia, along with our Mercy, Inc, ministry, visited several
Rohingya refugee camps last week. Cindy described the situation as “one of the
most heartbreaking places I have ever witnessed!” Reports estimate that more
than 68 percent of the women and young girls have been raped, and thousands
upon thousands have been brutally murdered!!
in tarp cities with mud floors. The Rohingya people are suffering
with much sickness. Our partners are providing clean water and rice, along with
some medical help, but so much more help is needed! Please pray what you can do
for these people!
partners in South Asia have the capacity to do more for the victims with your
help. Would you consider donating to our relief fund to help provide
Give here today to help flood victims, #408239.
To donate to the
Rohingya people online, click here and type: #408246,
Rohingya Refugee Relief Fund.
To give by check to either project, send to:
One Mission Society
PO Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132
October 10 2017
Cuban people now face one of the saddest moments in the past few years.
September 8, the northern coast of Cuba was slammed by Hurricane Irma. It made landfall, with winds
of nearly 160 miles per hour … the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the
country since 1937.
in the midst of this crisis, there is hope.
the president of our partner denomination, shares what he has seen firsthand on
this island nation.
the midst of the destruction, we want to learn from the example of Jesus … we
want to love those who need our love. For this reason, we are helping those who
are suffering. We know that God can turn this crisis into opportunities and the
problems into blessings.
date, we have started 10 community kitchens to feed the needy. The churches are
serving the communities as a light in the darkness. Volunteers are seeing new ways
to serve the people and testify of God’s love at the same time.
Irma did much damage, the Cuban church stands together today to rebuild the
fallen walls and to give witness to the victory of the king of kings.
to Bless." That’s what I saw when I entered one church that had been badly
affected by the storm. I never thought that I would see that phrase on a church
wall that was almost destroyed. The pastor’s family lost nearly all of their belongings
and had no food to eat. They went two nights without sleeping. Yet, the phrase echoed
in my mind: "Blessed to Bless ..."
pastor of this church and his family knew that Irma was going to change their lives, but they
never imagined that the change was going to be for good.
and every day, the church feeds 180 people, and their contacts continue to grow.
Many are asking, “Why do you do it?” The pastor responds, “Because God loves
me, and I want you to know that he loves you too.” God has blessed this family,
and they want to bless the people that live there.
people are beginning to feel encouragement and hope. You can hear laughter and
see happy faces while the church serves them with love.
story that fills me with joy happened when I visited a church in which most of
the building was destroyed, but part of a wall that remained said, “Instruments
of Change 2 Timothy 2: 21.” The pastor had just started a series on discipleship
to teach them that sanctification is God's instrument to achieve good things
from the hearts of the people. After the ravages of Irma, the church is beginning
to understand firsthand the meaning of the words: "agents of change."
Today, members of this church cook for more than 200 people daily. Most of the church members volunteer with
the community kitchen, and they are instruments for change in the hearts of the
people as they serve and love in Jesus’ name.
message of the Gospel becomes real when people can see what God has done among
his people. To God be the glory!
If you would like to donate to relief efforts, give here.