Pastor Daniel and his wife, Grace (shown above with Roberto Welzel), survived Cyclone Idai by standing in chest deep water for three days awaiting rescue. Now they are partnering with ReachGlobal and the Evangelical Free Church of Brazil missionary, Roberto Welzel, to minister to their community when so many people are asking questions as to why this has happened.
Tropical Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in northern Mozambique on April 25. It’s only been one month after Cyclone Idai hit the country with 24 inches of torrential rains and 100+ mph winds, killing more than 1,000, causing catastrophic flooding and wind damage, impacting more than 2 million people and affecting 90 percent of the buildings in the city of Beira.
On March 10, 2019, Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique. With it, the storm brought torrential rains, with some areas receiving as much as 24 inches and 100+ mph winds. In the Buzi District, the water rose fast—one inch per minute in places—and the currents were sweeping people away. Roberto reported that another missionary worker was seeing this, and, with the help of others, he fastened a rope across the torrent. This "lifeline" was instrumental in saving many lives, as people grabbed hold of the rope and pulled themselves to safety. That worker now has over 200 people—who have lost everything—living communally in his backyard through aid resources he's able to obtain. Roberto said, "But many others throughout the area have little access to food, clothing or medicines."
Amid the huge physical needs, Roberto said, "Pastors we are partnering with are also seeing people with huge spiritual needs. Many in their communities are trying to make sense of what's happened. They are asking,'Why did this happen? What did we do to make the gods angry?' and it is opening the door for gospel conversations about the One True God."
The people of Mozambique are reeling after this second hit in one month. They are looking for answers to their questions about how God could allow this to happen. They need hope.
There is an opportunity to reach out with Truth and in love. A mission field has been created in the wake of these devastating crises.
What does response look like?
ReachGlobal, in partnership with AMEL—the mission agency of the Evangelical Free Church of Brazil and in concert with Alliance Mission of the Evangelical Free Church of Germany—is responding to Mozambique and the devastating aftermath of these storms. Initial funds are already being sent from ReachGlobal Crisis Response Partner Initiative to help with the immediate relief efforts. Roberto has invited ReachGlobal Crisis Response to join him on the ground in Mozambique to help develop a longer-term strategy to integrate a healthy response to the crisis along with intentional disciple-making best practices.
How can you help?
- For those questioning and looking for hope to find what they need in Jesus.
- For God to be glorified through the storm as pastors and missionaries share the truth about the One True God.
- For wisdom and discernment for the leadership of AMEL, the mission of the Evangelical Free Church of Brazil, and ReachGlobal as they develop a long term strategy for this response.
- For Roberto, Pastor Daniel and other church leaders engaged in offering Hope and Truth.
- For a generous outpouring of resources.
These Cyclones have impacted millions of people. For that reason, we are asking you to prayerfully consider giving toward the goal to raise $150,000 for long term recovery, outreach and development efforts.
Or send a donation to: EFCA, Attn: Donor Services, 901 E. 78th St., Minneapolis, MN 55420 and indicate in the memo: "Mozambique Cyclone - 2170-39411"