Current Disaster Responses

BURUNDI

Flooding – June 2024

Overview of Impact


Catastrophic floods are wreaking havoc on many families in Burundi. Unprecedented heavy rains triggered by El Niño have severely impacted the lives of more than 200,000 men, women, and children across the country.

Response


The newly reestablished and regionally recognized Church of God in Burundi has been hard hit by this disaster—witnessing the loss of their church building, homes, and agricultural livelihoods. An estimated 150 Church of God people are in critical need of disaster relief assistance at this time. Each gift of $33 equips Rev. Paidris and other local church leaders to purchase and distribute lifesaving aid (food, tents, clothes, blankets, and medications) to one brother or sister in need.

BRAZIL

Flooding – May 2024

Overview of Impact


Heavy rains have led to catastrophic flooding in southern Brazil. As of mid-May 2024, flooding has claimed the lives of at least 149 individuals (with over 120 still missing) and has displaced more than 160,000 people. At least two Church of God congregations are located in the affected areas. An estimated 20% of the households who attend those congregations are directly impacted.

Response


The Church of God across southern Brazil is organizing relief efforts to assist these families and their surrounding communities. The Brazilian Church of God has already put together 1,000 hygiene kits! They are now aiming to purchase […]

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1,000 pillows and blankets to assist with emergency housing for displaced men, women, and children. Each gift of $2 equips the Brazilian Church of God to purchase and distribute a pillow to 1 person displaced by the floods. To come alongside the Church of God in Brazil, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

INDIA

Economic Crisis – April 2024

Overview of Impact


150 Church of God families are currently enduring significant economic challenge in West Bengal, India. These Christian families, together with many others, live and work on a tea garden estate. However, the tea garden has been closed for over 8 months due to mismanagement, leaving these families in a very vulnerable state with little to no income […]

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Many of the children are now out of school, as transportation is no longer provided by the tea garden. Furthermore, in desperate pursuit of a livelihood, many families (including children) are now traveling to nearby military firing ranges to collect and resell empty artillery shells and unexploded ordinances, even while the military is actively practicing. Tragically, this dangerous endeavor has led to the death of several adults and children, including those of Church of God families.

Response


Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is partnering with a local pastor and regional leader to purchase and distribute provisions of rice, cooking oil, soybeans, biscuits, salt, and basic hygiene items to approximately 300 families. A gift of $25 provides a care package for 1 family.

SOUTHERN AFRICA

Drought & Famine – March 2024

Overview of Impact


Our brothers and sisters in southern Africa are currently experiencing severe drought. The long-lasting dry spell has ruined crops among many agricultural communities and led to widespread famine. The drought has been declared as a national disaster in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe and placed millions of people—especially children—at elevated risk of malnutrition and starvation.

Response


The Church of God in southern Africa is responding to the famine with great concern and compassion. National leaders in Zambia and Zimbabwe—Rev. Mailesi Ndao and Rev. Dzingai Guni, respectively—are leading food distributions that seek to reach thousands of Church of God families and surrounding communities […]

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$10,000 has already been sent by CGM Disaster Relief as immediate aid. Additional funds are desperately needed to further purchase and distribute food provisions to children, the elderly, widows, the sick, and other families identified as most vulnerable at this time.
Will YOU—as an individual or church body—commit to providing meals for those enduring this famine? In Zimbabwe, each gift of $63 provides 1 family with food provisions for 3 months, thus helping sustain them until the next growing season.

UNITED STATES

Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky

Tornadoes – March 2024

Overview of Impact


In mid-March, multiple tornadoes tore through the Midwest, leaving a trail of tragedy and destruction in their wake. While there were no Church of God buildings damaged in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky, Church of God people and surrounding communities have been affected significantly.

Response


Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is partnering with Church of God Ohio (COGO) Ministries to equip congregations and individuals to extend Christ’s compassionate care among those who experienced severe tornado damage last week. Two Church of God congregations are already facilitating relief efforts and three service teams have been commissioned to Ohio and Indiana to assist hurting communities. To come alongside these efforts, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

PAKISTAN

Karachi

Flooding – February 2024

Overview of Impact


The Church of God headquarters in Karachi, Pakistan are experiencing another cycle of horrific flooding. Feet of standing sewage water ruined valuable equipment and property for the vibrant church community.

Response


Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is partnering with national leader Rev. Samuel George and the local church to cover 50% of basic recovery costs. Specifically, donations will assist with the restoration of pews, flooring, electrical connections, and plumbing at the Central Church building in Karachi, Pakistan.

CHILE

Fires – February 2024

Overview of Impact


Beginning February 2, raging fires across central Chile have affected over 40,000 people, burned 29,000 homes, and taken the lives of over 130 people (with hundreds still missing).

Response


Amid the tragic conditions, the Chilean Church of God—under the faithful leadership of Pastors Carlos Barlow and Marisol Cortés—is tangibly bearing Christ’s compassionate care. Even while the fires continued to burn, the local Body of Christ began collecting and distributing water, meals, and basic living provisions among families who lost their homes and belongings. They are even creating special care packages for children affected by the fires! […]

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Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is invited to join the Chilean Church of God in assisting 40-50 affected families. Funds will be used to purchase and distribute food, water, hygiene items, clothing, and other basic provisions. To come alongside this vital ministry through the Chilean Church of God, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Human Conflict & Displacement – November 2022; January 2023; October 2023; February 2024

Overview of Impact


Escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to threaten the safety of civilians and drive mass internal displacement. Many families were first forced to flee their homes in late 2022 and remain in a state of limbo at this time. Right now, there are 525 Church of God families registered as internally displaced in the DRC. […]

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Many of these men, women, and children have experienced trauma and lack access to therapists and medical professionals. Additionally, this crisis is surmounted by financial challenges as most have no means of earning an income. Many of the children are separated from other members of their families and are out of school at this time.

Response


The Church of God in the DRC, under the leadership of Rev. Noel Barumwete, is organizing additional relief ministries among displaced Church of God families. A gift of $54 will provide provisions for 1 family including:

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  • 25kg Posho (Corn Flour)
  • 5L Cooking Oil
  • 25Kg Rice
  • 5Kg Sugar
  • 2 Boxes of Salt
  • 2 Bars of Soap

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ZAMBIA & ZIMBABWE

Cholera Outbreak – January 2024

Overview of Impact


Our sisters and brothers in Zambia and Zimbabwe are facing a widespread cholera outbreak. As the frequency and intensity of weather-related disasters and humanitarian crises surge, demand for the cholera vaccine supersedes the available supply globally. For those living without reliable access to clean drinking water and sanitation in Zambia and Zimbabwe, the risk of the disease has skyrocketed.

Response


Rev. Mailesi Ndao and Rev. Dzingai Guni (CHOG National Leaders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, respectively) are organizing widespread relief efforts. Immediate relief funds will be used to provide clean water, soap, gloves, sanitizers, chlorine tablets, and other critical medical supplies. Long-term recovery and resiliency projects will walk alongside these communities in installing latrines and clean water wells to reduce the risk of future waterborne illnesses.

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SRI LANKA

Flooding – January 2024

Overview of Impact


In the first few weeks of 2024, severe flooding wreaked havoc on communities in Sri Lanka.

Response


Local Church of God leaders, together with missionaries Steven and Peggy Beverly, identified 20 families greatly in need of assistance. These men, women, and children have suffered significant damage to their homes, and many have lost all their belongings. A gift of $50 equips the local church to bring immediate assistance to one family.

TANZANIA

Flooding & Mudslides – December 2023

Overview of Impact


On Sunday, December 3, torrential rains and mud rushed down from the mountainside and swept away homes, churches, and families. Nine Church of God people—including one pastor and four children—are among the deceased. Many others lost their homes and belongings.

Response


The national Church of God in Tanzania has identified 80 individuals most in need at this time. In partnership with Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief, they will distribute food, water, clothes, bedding, school items, medication, and basic household items to these families. We know that their ministry also bears the tangible love and peace of Christ among those hurting deeply.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

Human Conflict – October 2023-Present

A Call to Prayer


Please join us in praying for peace around the world. Today we pray specifically for the unfolding conflict in Israel and Palestine. While there are no Church of God congregations in either territory, we pray that precious human lives be spared on all sides and that world leaders have divine wisdom in their responses.

HAITI

Hunger Relief – September 2023

Overview of Impact


Ongoing political turmoil in Haiti continues to result in gang violence and severe economic inflation, producing dire humanitarian needs. Current assessments estimate that nearly half of Haiti’s 4.9 million people are regularly going hungry, and the nation’s children face grave risk of malnutrition.

Response


The Church of God in central Haiti (where the situation is most dire) is stepping up to provide nutrition, especially for the most vulnerable. Local pastors network together to identify and provide bean and rice provisions to families most in need. Likewise, the St. Ard school, connected with the local church, started a feeding program that [..]

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serves a substantial meal to the 300 children enrolled. For many of these children, this is the only large meal they receive each day. However, assistance is needed to continue this critical feeding program. To partner with this ministry, donations can be made to the Church of God Ministries Hunger Relief fund.

MOROCCO

Earthquake – September 2023

Overview of Impact


On September 9, 2023, a 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked mountainous regions of Morocco. Thousands of men, women, and children lost their lives and over 300,000 individuals are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

Response


Opportunities to partner with believers on the ground are currently being explored and developed. To equip a compassionate response to the earthquake in Morocco, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

UNITED STATES

Hawaii

Fires – August 2023

Overview of Impact


Let us come together in prayerful solidarity, standing with the many men, women, and children who have been deeply affected by the devastating fires in Hawaii. Our hearts ache for the families who have lost their homes, possessions and, most tragically, their loved ones amid the engulfing flames.

Response


While no Church of God congregations were directly impacted by the fires, Church of God Ministries remains in close communication with regional leadership and partner organizations, diligently monitoring the situation and determining how best to partner with local churches in leading a disaster response. To empower immediate disaster relief efforts and enable Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief to swiftly advance funds to local congregations when needed most, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

TURKEY & SYRIA

Earthquake – February 2023

Overview of Impact


A 7.8-magnitude earthquake and many aftershocks struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, 2023. The death toll is over 36,000 as of February 13, 2023, with thousands still missing. Millions are now homeless and seeking refuge both in other areas of the country and in neighboring countries. Emergency humanitarian aid is critical at this time; however, the earthquake struck a region in Syria already experiencing layers of […]

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disaster and trauma from longstanding civil war between the government and multiple rebel armies. Humanitarian aid is, therefore, all the more critical yet also incredibly difficult to distribute in transportation to those most in need. Harsh winter weather conditions have increased the urgency for blankets, coats, and emergency shelter. 

Response


Click here for a full description of the Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief response and how you can partner in the relief efforts.

Haiti

St. Ard Hospital

Socioeconomic/Political Crisis – August 2022-Present

Overview of Impact


Ever since the assassination of Haiti’s president on July 7, 2021, the nation has experienced incredible socioeconomic and political instability resulting in a state of anarchy controlled by various rival gangs. High degrees of violence and widespread economic fall-out have resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis, leaving millions in desperate need of relief.

Response


The St. Ard Hospital in Haiti continues to provide much-needed healthcare to those who would likely not be able to access or afford it elsewhere at this time. However, the rising cost of medicine and medical instruments, coupled with the inability of patients to cover their emergency medical costs, is forcing the hospital […]

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to make excruciating decisions about who does and does not receive care. Disaster Relief is therefore partnering with the St. Ard Hospital in Haiti to subsidize patient costs for those who can not cover their own health care expenses. Relief funds are also used to help offset elevated shipping costs and make possible the transportation of lifesaving resources into Haiti at this critical time.

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Ukraine

War/refugee – February 2022-Present

Overview of Impact


The Russian invasion of Ukraine and horrific violence of the war has created significant needs both within and outside of Ukraine.

Response


1) Relief for Internally Displaced Peoples (IPDs) in Ukraine: Through partnership with the CHOG in Germany, funds are sent to assist the ministries of CHOG congregations in Ukraine, especially those housing and caring for internally displaced families. Disaster Relief funds are also sent to the Hungarian CHOG who purchases and transports basic provisions to internally displaced people in Ukraine on a bi-monthly basis. Funds have also been used to purchase a van to bolster this good work. […]

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2) Relief for Ukrainian Refugees: Funds are used to assist Ukrainian refugees in their evacuation and resettlement process throughout Europe. Additionally, relief funds partner with the Bulgarian CHOG in providing language classes and professional counseling services to Ukrainian refugees in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

3) Restoration: Additional funds will be needed to assist the long-term reconstruction and restoration of homes, churches, and communities devastated by the war in Ukraine.

Myanmar

Sociopolitical crisis – February 2021-Present

Overview of Impact


Following a military coup in early 2021, the people of Myanmar have been suffering under the brutal regime of the “junta” violence, COVID-19 and other sicknesses, and economic inflation are some of the greatest challenges they face.

Response


Assistance was requested by CHOG National Leadership to help meet the basic needs of CHOG leaders and their families, as well as their communities. Disaster Relief funds are being sent on a monthly basis to stipend church leaders’ incomes and equip them to purchase rice, cooking oil, medicine, and other basic provisions for their families.

Myanmar

Sociopolitical crisis – February 2021

Overview of Impact


Following a military coup in early 2021, the people of Myanmar have been suffering under the brutal regime of the “junta” violence, COVID-19 and other sicknesses, and economic inflation are some of the greatest challenges they face.

Response


Assistance was requested by Church of God National Leadership to help meet the basic needs of Church of God leaders and their families, as well as their communities.

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Disaster Relief funds are being sent on a monthly basis (November 2021-August 2022) as a stipend for church leaders’ income and to equip them to purchase rice, cooking oil, medicine, and other basic provisions for their families. In June 2022, severe rainfall destroyed the wall surrounding the Church of God compound (where several families are currently living). Disaster Relief partnered with local leadership to rebuild the wall and restore this place of refuge.

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AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan

Sociopolitical crisis/refugee – August 2021

Crisis Overview


The Taliban’s violent takeover and oppressive rule in Afghanistan has forced many people to make the difficult decision to leave everything behind and flee as refugees. 

Response


Though there is no official Church of God presence in Afghanistan, the Church of God in Pakistan is welcoming and receiving refugees crossing the border into their country. In partnership with Disaster Relief, the Church of God in Pakistan organized relief distribution to 300 Afghan families and made trips to refugee camps to assess needs and help families resettle as needed. The Church of God in the United States also has the opportunity to welcome Afghans selected to come to the United States through a church-based refugee sponsorship program.

BANGLADESH

BANGLADESH

Lalmonirhat Region

Severe flooding – July/August 2022

BANGLADESH

Cyclone – June 2023

Overview of Impact


Heavy monsoon rains and river flash floods resulted in severe flooding in the Lalmonirhat region of Bangladesh. Local Church of God leadership reported that many families lost their homes and agricultural livelihoods, and at least one Church of God building also suffered significant damage.

Response


Disaster Relief partnered with the Church of God in Bangladesh to provide emergency assistance (food, water, and other basic provisions) to 250 families identified with great needs. We hope to keep walking alongside our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh into the long-term recovery phase focused on restoring homes, livelihoods, and the church building.

Overview of Impact


On June 15, 2023, Cyclone Biparjoy tore through Bangladesh. This devastating storm, the name of which means “calamity,” caused widespread destruction, forced mass evacuations, and tragically claimed the lives of at least 12 individuals.

Response


While we are grateful that none of our Church of God family were killed or injured during the cyclone, several church locations suffered significant damage. Various infrastructures at Church of God buildings and properties have been affected, including protection walls, gates, and electrical poles. The shoreline of a local fish pond project and the roof of Church of God Crossings International School have also been partially destroyed. Assistance is requested to repair these damaged structures and empower Kingdom ministry to continue thriving in each of these locations.

BANGLADESH

Sylhet Region

Kalbaisakhi Wind Storm – April 2023

BANGLADESH

Sylhet Region

Flash flooding/mudslides – June 2022

Overview of Impact


On April 20th, 2023, a Kalbaisakhi storm tore through the Church of God Lumdonbok Mission in Sylhet, Bangladesh. Strong winds cut power lines, knocked down trees, and ripped roofs off the office building, guest house, and several staff homes. Heavy rains further destroyed documents, furniture, and electronics. All of this destruction makes it very difficult to continue with the important work and ministries that take place at this mission station.

Response


Therefore, Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief sent funds to assist with the reconstruction of buildings and the replacement of lost items. If you would like to come alongside these efforts, gifts can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

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Additionally, Church of God Ministries Global Strategy seeks to continue walking alongside this community at Church of God Lumdonbok by empowering them to fortify other buildings on the compound which are at-risk to future storms during the monsoon season. To partner with this mitigation work, donations can be made to the Bangladesh Flood Restoration & Resilience project here.

Overview of Impact


Flash flooding caused by a poor dam system in India and early-onset monsoon rains triggered flash floods and landslides. Over 84% of the Sylhet region is inundated as waters continue to rise.

Response


Local leader, Pastor Lovely Suchiang, made an appeal to Disaster Relief for financial assistance with both emergency relief and long-term recovery initiatives. Disaster Relief

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partnered with Lovely and the Church of God in Bangladesh to purchase, organize, and distribute emergency relief to about 350 families who were identified as some of the most vulnerable people to the flooding. Much of this relief took place by boat due to the severity of the flooding in these rural, at-risk communities. Further partnership is requested for the reconstruction of homes and latrines, as well as the recovery of livelihoods.

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Continue partnering with ongoing recovery work in Sylhet, Bangladesh:
Flood Restoration and Resilience Project 

BELIZE

BELIZE

Hurricane Lisa – November 2022

Overview of Impact


The strong winds and heavy rains produced by this Category 1 hurricane tore the roofs of many homes and destroyed crops nearing the harvest season. As many rural families relied on these crops for both daily sustenance and household income, widespread food insecurity is now felt across the nation.

Response


In response to this great need, the local Church in Belize organized food distributions to 285 people- prioritizing school children, families with special needs individuals, and other vulnerable households. Long-term assistance was also needed to sustain life until the next planting and harvest season.

BRAZIL

BRAZIL

Dust Devil – November 2022

Overview of Impact


During a noon prayer service on November 17, a strong dust devil tore through the Nova Olinda Church of God building in Northeast Brazil. Thankfully, no one suffered severe injuries. However, the fierce winds significantly damaged the church’s roof, electrical system, sound system, and chairs.

Response


Churches across Brazil have rallied together to raise over half of the repair costs and encourage this hurting community. An outstanding $1,050.00 is requested from Global Strategy Disaster Relief to partner in this good work.

BRAZIL

Itaituba

Flooding – May 2023

Overview of Impact


Torrential downpours in Itaituba, Brazil destroyed homes, damaged community buildings, and stripped many people of all their belongings. Local Church of God leaders visited a school gym where displaced families now seek refuge; many of them lost everything to the floods.

Response


In the wake of this disaster, the local church shared the tangible love and hope of Christ by providing a “cesta basica” (basic basket) to 50 of the most impacted families. These baskets contained staple items including rice, beans, cooking oil, coffee, sugar, and other non-perishables. A gift of $23 provided 1 family with a cesta basica.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Floods & Landslides – May 2023

Overview of Impact


Hundreds of lives in the DRC and Rwanda were lost to catastrophic flooding and landslides that washed away homes, churches, schools, livestock, and entire communities. At least 11 Church of God people, including young children, were killed by this disaster, and hundreds of Church of God families lost their homes, belongings, and livelihoods.

Response


Over 300 Church of God, families were identified by national leadership in the DRC and Rwanda as in need of immediate relief. Therefore, Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is working alongside

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local leaders in both countries to purchase and distribute relief packages- including a tent, blanket, dishes, food, and water- to each of these families. A gift of $65 covers the cost of a relief package for one displaced family.

HAITI

Haiti

Earthquake – June 2021

Haiti

Earthquake & Flooding – June 2023

Overview of Impact


A large earthquake in southern Haiti damaged homes, churches, and communities. At least two Church of God congregations were completely destroyed.

Response


Through needs-assessments conducted by local leadership, Disaster Relief partnered with the Church of God in Haiti to rebuild two churches- First Church of God in Les Cayes and The Rock Church of God. First Church of

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God in Les Cayes was completed in July 2022 in order to host a convention with over thirty Church of God congregations churches in attendance.

Watch Now: Reconstruction Efforts

Overview of Impact


In early June, severe flooding was witnessed throughout large regions of Haiti, and in the midst of this challenge, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern peninsula. Floodwaters turned streets into rushing rivers of dirty water, washed away homes, destroyed agricultural yields, and claimed the lives of men, women, and children. The risk of food insecurity from this disaster is magnified by the present sociopolitical unrest across the country, which prevents many aid organizations from reaching those with the greatest need.

Response


In the midst of this crisis, the Church of God in southern Haiti has already mobilized—drawing on local resources to distribute food, water, medicine, tarps, and other basic provisions to the most vulnerable people. Our brothers and sisters in Haiti now invite the global Church of God family to join them in this Disaster Relief ministry.

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A gift of $100 provides one household with a relief package that includes food stipends, clean water, a tarp, life-saving medicines for water-borne illness, and baby formula (as needed). The goal is to bring aid to 50 households.

HAITI

Cholera Outbreak – November 2023

Overview of Impact


In late November, the Church of God St. Ard Hospital in Haiti witnessed a surge in cholera cases. With all beds filled, the overflow of patients are being treated on chairs and benches throughout the hospital grounds.

Response


Left untreated, cholera threatens death; with treatment, the mortality rate drops to less than 1%. To continue providing life-saving treatment through the St. Ard Hospital, financial assistance is needed to purchase IV fluids, medications, and the compensation of additional staff. Therefore, Church of God Ministries is seeking to raise $2,500 to help offset these unexpected expenses.

MYANMAR

MYANMAR

Mandalay

Families Displaced – June 2023

Overview of Impact


In late May and early June, many families in Mandalay, Myanmar suffered the loss of their homes and belongings during unexpected demolitions carried out by the military Junta. The destruction of roughly 70 homes in a low-income community resulted in the displacement of hundreds of men, women, and children—some of whom are regular Sunday School attendees at the local Mandalay Church of God.

Response


Mandalay Church of God welcomed many of these families to shelter in the church building. In order to help care for them, church leadership in Myanmar partnered with Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief to purchase food, clothes, and school materials for the children finding refuge at the church.

MALAWI

Malawi

Tropical Storms – January 2022

Malawi

Cyclone Freddy – March 2023

Overview of Impact


Tropical Storm Ana, and multiple others that followed, created massive devastation in communities that were already vulnerable to the storms. Homes, roads, and other infrastructures, churches, sanitation systems, and agriculture were greatly damaged and destroyed.

Response


Disaster Relief assistance was sent for emergency relief purposes—emergency shelter for over 2,800 CHOG families whose homes were destroyed and emergency nutrition and sanitation to over 8,400 Church of God people in need. Additional funds will be needed to support the long-term reconstruction of over thirty Church of God buildings and restoration of agriculture and communities.

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Overview of Impact


High winds and torrential downpours have given way to catastrophic flooding and devastation in many communities. Over 400 people have lost their lives and hundreds more went missing and or were in critical condition.

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Our Church of God family in Malawi has been severely impacted by this disaster. At least 10 believers have lost their lives and several homes and churches have been destroyed. National Leader, Emmanuel Masamba, shared: “Five pastors have survived the torrential rains and flash floods by climbing a tree with their families. For three days no one managed to arrive there in order to come to their rescue.” Click here to read more of their story.

Response


Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is coming alongside church leadership in Malawi in bringing aid to 8,634 vulnerable people displaced by the flooding and in critical need of assistance. Relief distributions include the provision of emergency shelter and protection, clothing, lamps, mosquito nets, healthcare services, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene services), non-perishable food items, and other basic living provisions.

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To partner with them, donations can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

PAKISTAN

PAKISTAN

Water-borne illness mitigation – May 2022

PAKISTAN

Cold Weather, Displaced Peoples – January 2023

Overview of Impact


A village of indentured servants suffered from lack of access to clean drinking water. This also led to increased cases of water-borne illnesses in the community.

Response


The Church of God in Pakistan has an ongoing ministry to villages amongst indentured agricultural workers living in extremely difficult conditions. Many of these families are Muslim, giving the Church an incredible opportunity to minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of this community. Disaster Relief was invited to partner with the

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Church of God in Pakistan to purchase and install four clean water pumps. These pumps, requested by local leadership in the villages, will help to mitigate the risk of water-borne illnesses that so often affect both the children and adults in this community. 

Overview of Impact


Last summer’s unprecedented monsoon season in Pakistan wreaked havoc across the country – destroying homes, devastating livelihoods, and taking the lives of thousands of people. In response, the Church of God in Karachi, Pakistan began reaching out and

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providing basic provisions to five impoverished villages in the Sindh province that were displaced by the floods and left without any government assistance. Click here to read more of their story.

Today, the majority of the men, women, and children in these villages remain displaced and live in extremely dire conditions. Moreover, unusually cold temperatures this January are making their survival evermore difficult. Near-freezing temperatures and morning frosts pose a great threat to those living in makeshift tents without good shoes and warm clothing.

Response


The Church of God in Karachi is looking to purchase and distribute food, firewood, warm clothes, and waterproof tents to over 400 people in these impoverished villages of the Sindh province. To partner with them, donations can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

PAKISTAN

Sindh Province

Unprecedented Monsoon Season and Flooding – September 2022

PAKISTAN

Karachi

Monsoon season/severe flooding – July 2022

Overview of Impact


An unprecedented monsoon season in Pakistan has resulted in deadly flooding and the destruction of homes, lives, and livelihoods. Since June, over 33 million Pakistanis have been affected by flooding and over 1,100 people have lost their lives to this disaster.

Response


In July, the Church of God in Karachi, Pakistan experienced over 5 feet of standing water in their sanctuary and significant damage to the building and other surrounding infrastructures. In partnership with Global Strategy Disaster Relief, they continue to restore the church compound. In the midst of this flooding disaster, the Church of God in Pakistan is also

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reaching out to those with great needs. Through ongoing relationships with five impoverished villages in the Sindh Province, they have been made aware of the great devastation and significant needs in these communities. Therefore, the Church of God in Pakistan is inviting us to partner with them in bringing emergency food and water provisions into each of these five villages. A gift of $15 equips the local Church in Pakistan to purchase and distribute enough food and water to 1 family in these villages to sustain them for 10 days.

Overview of Impact


Excessive monsoon rains resulted in extreme flooding in Karachi, Pakistan. At its peak, the church grounds, sanctuary, storage rooms, guest rooms, and offices were all submerged in 5.5 feet of sewage water for over 2 days. The extent of the devastation this caused to the church compound and surrounding community is difficult to comprehend.

Response


Disaster Relief is partnering with the Church of God in Karachi to assist with the cleaning and sanitation of church buildings, the repair of electrical wires and

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sound systems, the reconstruction of the barbed wire wall and main gates, and other necessary flood responses. We trust that these funds, together with local contributions, will greatly assist the restoration and protection of the church compound and community.

PAKISTAN

Violence & Displacement – August 2023

Overview of Impact


In mid-August, the northeast region of the nation witnessed a distressing wave of attacks, lootings, and burnings—which gravely affected over 20 churches and almost 100 Christian households. Tragically, this violence rendered numerous men, women, and children homeless and deeply traumatized. One Church of God building was burned during the riots, and a significant number of faithful Church of God families were forced to flee the violence and return to find their homes destroyed.

Response


The Church of God in Pakistan is organized support for 200 believers who lost everything in the attacks. This aid was used to purchase a bed, mattress, comforter, food staples, and other basic provisions for 200 of our brothers and sisters who lost everything in the crisis.

PERU

PERU

Cyclone Yaku – March 2023

Overview of Impact


High temperatures, strong winds, and heavy downpours in the wake of Cyclone Yaku have left thousands of Peruvians suffering from catastrophic flooding and landslides. Church of God national leadership in Peru carried out a needs assessment and identified 102 families and 9 churches in great need of assistance.

Response


Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is partnered with Peruvian believers to purchase and distribute tents, blankets, clothes, medicine, and basic provisions to those most in need. Assistance also supported the implementation of new water drainage systems and the reconstruction of roofs and walls for several homes, churches, and schools.

PHILIPPINES

Philippines

Typhoon – December 2021

Overview of Impact


Typhoon Rai (Odette) devastated several islands in the Philippines.

Response


National leadership conducted assessments of needs and reported that hundreds of families and many congregations suffered great damage in the storm. Disaster Relief partnered with local leadership to distribute emergency aid (food, water, clothing, temporary shelter, and other basic provisions) to over 250 Church of God families and 300 other individuals with great unmet needs. Additional funds are still needed to assist with the reconstruction of at least 10 CHOG churches and communities.

RWANDA

RWANDA

Floods & Landslides – May 2023

Overview of Impact


Hundreds of lives in the DRC and Rwanda were lost to catastrophic flooding and landslides that washed away homes, churches, schools, livestock, and entire communities. At least 11 Church of God people, including young children, were killed by this disaster, and hundreds of Church of God families lost their homes, belongings, and livelihoods.

Response


Over 300 Church of God, families were identified by national leadership in the DRC and Rwanda as in need of immediate relief. Therefore, Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief is working alongside

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local leaders in both countries to purchase and distribute relief packages- including a tent, blanket, dishes, food, and water- to each of these families. A gift of $65 covers the cost of a relief package for one displaced family.

SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA

Economic crisis – April 2022

Overview of Impact


A terrible economic crash and resulting inflation is making it impossible for the people of Sri Lanka to purchase basic necessities (especially gas, petrol, and food.)

Response


Pastors and church leaders struggled to meet their most basic needs. Disaster Relief partnered with local leadership to organize and distribute basic assistance to each pastor’s family. Pastors were also equipped with provisions to distribute to their surrounding community (about 200 families total).

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TANZANIA

TANZANIA

Famine – September 2022

Overview of Impact


A long-lasting drought resulted in poor harvests across the nation of Tanzania. As a result, many families are experiencing high degrees of food insecurity. The situation is expected to worsen this winter as shortages of food on the market—coupled with rising prices—make basic provisions unattainable for many households.

Response


In response to this growing concern, the Executive Leadership Team in Tanzania is making an appeal to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief to partner with them in the purchase and distribution of food provisions to last until

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the next potential harvest in May 2023. These provisions will be prioritized by need and given to Church of God pastors and families, students at the Bible School, and children at Aldersgate School.

US (FLORIDA)

UNITED STATES

Florida

Hurricane Ian – September 2022

UNITED STATES

Florida

Hurricane Idalia – August 2023

Overview of Impact


A Category 4 hurricane, Ian’s direct hit of southwest Florida has left millions without power and countless homes, businesses, and other properties destroyed. Several Church of God congregations and Warner University were directly impacted by Hurricane Ian and need financial assistance.

Response


Many people, moved by the compassion of Jesus, are asking how they can help. Here are three ways Church of God Ministries invites the Movement to respond right now: PRAY. GIVE. GO. Learn more here: https://www.jesusisthesubject.org/hurricane-ian-response/ 

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Overview of Impact


Category 4 Hurricane Idalia battered Florida and the east coast of the United States in late August with incredibly powerful and destructive winds and rain. Though updates concerning Hurricane Idalia quickly fell out of the news, local communities are still picking up the pieces and setting off on the long road to recovery. Therefore, you are invited to join in solidarity right now with three Church of God congregations impacted by the disaster: First Church of God Perry, First Church of God Live Oak, and Live Oak Community Church.

Response


In partnership with Florida Church of God Ministries, CGM Disaster Relief received donations to assist these three congregations in both restoring their church facilities and further serving their surrounding communities.

UGANDA & KENYA

Uganda & Kenya

Drought/famine

Crisis Overview


Severe drought is leading to widespread famine across large regions of Uganda and Kenya. Crops have failed for four consecutive seasons.

Response


Many Church of God families are reportedly living on one meal a day and suffering severe malnutrition. Disaster Relief partnered with the women of the Church of God in Uganda and Kenya, who together organized and distributed food relief and seeds for replanting to over 1,500 households. As a result of this tangible love, several people gave their life to Jesus, including one government official who also donated land for the Church to build on.

US (KENTUCKY)

(US) Kentucky

Tornado – December 2021

Overview of Impact


Large tornadoes devastated communities in Kentucky just days before Christmas.

Response


No Church of God congregations or members were directly impacted. However, Disaster Relief provided stipends to Church of God individuals and groups that chose to go and serve in these communities.

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(US) Kentucky

Historic flooding – July/August 2022

Overview of Impact


Historic flooding in Kentucky left families and communities inundated with water. Because this area has not experienced flooding to this degree in over 100 years, many do not have flood insurance protecting their homes and assets. At least one CHOG congregation, Neon First Church of God, was affected by the floods. At the peak of the flood, four feet of standing water was in the church building. Many of the church families and the greater community are also affected.

Response


Church of God Ministries sent emergency relief, in collaboration with Kentucky State Ministries, to Neon First Church of God. These funds will be used for both the

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restoration of the church building and to equip Neon to share Jesus’ love in tangible ways with the hurting community around them. Disaster Relief funds were also sent to further equip Chavies and Jackson First Church of God, who are serving as distribution sites for emergency relief in the area.

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US (MISSISSIPPI)

(US) Mississippi

Water Crisis – September 2022

Overview of Impact


Recent heavy rains and flooding in Jackson, Mississippi overwhelmed the already underperforming water system in the city and cut off access to safe drinking water for more than 150,000 individuals. Jackson is now in a state of emergency, and government agencies are struggling to get clean water into the hands of those who greatly need it.

Response


In the midst of this water crisis, Central Community Church of God, under the leadership of Rev. Calvin Waddy, stepped up to provide safe drinking water to hundreds of families in their local community. They had a goal of distributing 25 pallets of water, each holding 82 cases of water bottles.

US (SOUTH DAKOTA)

(US) South Dakota

Windstorm – May 2022

Overview


Terrible windstorms swept through communities in South Dakota greatly damaging and destroying agriculture and communities.

Response


The local Church of God partnered with Disaster Relief to provide basic provisions (water and food) to vulnerable families most affected by the storms.

US (SOUTHEAST)

UNITED STATES

Southeast States

Tornadoes and Strong Storms – March 2023

Overview of Impact


Over the coarse of one weekend, over 30 million people faced the danger of severe weather that included strong winds, very large hail, and over 20 tornadoes. The storms took the lives of at least 25 people and destroyed entire neighborhoods and communties.

Response


Please join us in prayerful solidarity with the many communities impacted by these storms. Please pray especially for the families and friends of those who lost their lives to the Mississippi tornadoes. Pray for first responders risking their lives in search and rescue operation. Pray for those who lost homes, communities, and life as they knew it.

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Church of God Ministries stayed in communication with local and regional leadership to assess damage and strategize responses. Thankfully no Church of God buildings suffered damage. However, Church of God people were both affected by, and responded to, the disaster. Local believers were positioned and committed to meeting not only immediate needs but also staying engaged for long-term recovery and the full restoration of communities.

US (TX, NY, OK)

(US) Texas, New York, Oklahoma

Mass Shootings – June 2022

Overview of Impact


Back-to-back shootings in a market (Buffalo, NY), school (Uvalde, TX), and hospital (Tulsa, OK) rocked the nation.

Response


Donations were collected and gifted to local charities responding to the needs and heartaches of these communities.

ZIMBABWE

ZIMBABWE

Floods – February 2022

Crisis Overview


Severe flooding destroyed the agricultural yields (both substance and livelihood) of several agricultural communities, as well as washed away some of the homes of Church of God families.

Response


The flooding destroyed the agricultural yields (both substance and livelihood) of several agricultural communities, and washed away some of the homes of Church of God families. Disaster Relief assistance was used by local Church of God leadership to purchase food, clothing, and emergency shelter for 123 families. Additional funds are needed to help families relocate, rebuild and replant. 

ZIMBABWE

Drought & Famine – February 2023

Overview of Impact


Long-standing drought in certain districts of Zimbabwe resulted in widespread crop losses and elevated risks of hunger. National leader Rev. Guni, along with other local leaders, conducted a needs assessment and found that 85 Church of God families were greatly affected by the drought and are now in desperate need of food assistance.

Response


Church of God leadership in Zimbabwe requested $6,500 to assist with the purchase and transport of 100kg sacks of food to each of these 85 families. These provisions provided critical nourishment to these households.

CHILE

CHILE

Floods – September 2023

Overview of Impact


Severe flooding in Chile damaged homes, churches, and vital agricultural resources in multiple communities. A dedicated Church of God pastor and 20 church families are among those facing significant harm to their homes and livelihoods. Furthermore, several church buildings suffered significant structural damage.

Response


In response to this crisis, the local Church of God took action to offer immediate aid to 50 individuals identified as most vulnerable.

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