Our team in Pemba, Mozambique is partnering with the UN and other international relief organizations to help the over 200,000 internally displaced persons fleeing extremist violence in the province of Cabo Delgado. This partnership gives us government-approved access to serve those in desperate physical need and in even greater need of the hope and saving grace only Jesus can give. Thank you for your faithful prayers and for supporting our team to continue this vital work even in the midst of the global pandemic.
In March and April of 2019, Mozambique was slammed by back-to-back historic cyclones. Cyclone Idai ripped through central Mozambique and then dragged inland resulting in widespread catastrophic flooding. While Mozambicans were still reeling, Cyclone Kenneth struck the north decimating coastal villages, leaving communities inaccessible and desperate.
By God’s great grace Iris has a long-standing presence in both of the impacted areas. Prior to the storms our teams prepared by shoring up buildings, warning neighbors, and stockpiling relief supplies. Immediately after the worst passed, we were out assessing the damage and providing life-saving assistance to the people. In some cases this looked like fueling up boats to rescue people stranded in treetops and many more were given basic supplies of food, water, and dry clothing.
As our relief efforts shifted from grappling with the initial disaster to long-term recovery, we committed to rebuilding homes and churches, consistently distributing food and seeds for planting, medical care, and more. Each one of these recovery efforts always carried the Gospel of Jesus because we are focused on eternal transformation combined with our belief that love looks like something.
Largely in part to Cyclone Kenneth’s horrific damage in the northern coastal region and our Pemba team’s conviction to stop for the one no matter the cost, a community that had been hostile to the Gospel welcomed our missionaries with open hearts to hear the Gospel. They eagerly listened to the truth of Jesus because they saw His love in action.
The response effort for Cyclone Idai accomplished:
The response effort for Cyclone Kenneth accomplished: