Have you ever been in a storm that was way over your capacity? Something so devastating that your entire reality is shattered?
Whether it was a physical circumstance or something of the soul, many of us have had hardships.
Just recently, a massive cyclone has torn apart three African countries, and the people there are in desperate need of our help.
But the Christians of these nations are seeing renewed meaning in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Christian Aid, a ministry organization seeking to help this tragedy, sprung to action after one of the worst natural disasters in African history.
The nations of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe have all lost hundreds to thousands of lives, and many of the rest have lost their livelihood.
Cyclone Idai spun her course through these countries one by one, tearing things apart. According to a reporter of UN weather, this cyclone is marked as nearly “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.”
The biggest, most immediate concern was waterborne illnesses. With flooding and widespread power outages, the people of these three countries were and still are in need of the help and hope only God could work together.
We as His People have a unique opportunity to not only donate financially, but pray.
Prayer is entering into communication with the God Almighty, both to hear and respond to Him. World Aid, a second organization seeking to help these African peoples, reports:
“People are terrified. They’re wondering if their lives will ever be the same. Please stop whatever you’re doing and pray on behalf of families impacted by this cyclone.”
God desires we seek Him for help. We may not be personally affected by this tragedy, but as humankind we are. All humans are connected by God’s design. Our approaching the throne on their behalf may very well stir heaven to approach the needs of this people increasingly. Pray for God’s hope to find its way into the deepest parts of these terrorized lands.
Furthermore, as we are seeking to help, the Christian Aid organization asks you to pray about donating. Your donations into their cause go directly to immediate response of this situation.
The charity is acting both in emergency response for Africa but further plans to help re-establish them. All they once knew is collapsed, and their hearts are now left to suffer the reality ahead.
Christian Aid wants to help this rebuild, and not let up until they are also prepared for future potential disasters.
According to Christian Today, the immediate needs beyond clean water include “large-scale damage to road networks, water and sanitation infrastructure, telecommunications, schools and health facilities.”
Furthermore, farming was the base of much life and reality for these people. Between the winds and the flooding, “fields [are] under water, and recently planted crops decimated. In some areas … the cyclone has only compounded already ‘dire’ food shortages.”
Providing food, shelter, and other basic needs is a must.
Christian Aid is including the necessary psycho-social support services that address the inner person as well. Beyond these efforts, they include long-term approach as part of the total budget.
To include this, they are fully relying on God to provide the donated means necessary to continue.
Please seek the Lord, not only for what you personally can give, but also that God would move others to give as well.
Sometimes that is a simple matter of spreading the word. Christian Aid trusts God will cause a way into this dark situation, as He never leaves or forsakes those children crying out to Him.
The long-term efforts of Christian Aid and partner World Aid are built strategically.
The plans have also been made fully understanding the unique culture and hearts of the people they are working with. Their plans were created in careful discussion with the leaders of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
Christian Aid’s director over Zimbabwe understands the priority is immediate but will not relent vision for the long term: “we also need to focus on addressing the effects of natural disasters and improve disaster preparedness for communities at risk to ensure resilience to extreme weather systems.”
These improvements for preparedness include efficient rebuilding of the community infrastructures.
Furthermore, education will be key so that the people can understand and prioritize upkeep of their own emergency response practices once the Aid efforts have moved out.
As for the outlook ahead, some may drop their heads in defeat… But we are not a defeated people.
God is a Good God, and the people of Christian Aid are expecting Him to bring revival to the lives in this nation.
As one of World Aid’s own has said, “Yes, we must provide help so they may survive this disaster, but we also must send them hope through our prayers so they know they are not forgotten and they still have a future.”