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Current Disaster Responses

UNITED STATES

Florida

Hurricane Ian – September 2022

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 were directly impacted by Hurricane Ian and need financial assistance. As of September 30, we are still working to verify exactly how many and which congregations were impacted.

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/ 

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.

UNITED STATES

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, is stepping up to provide safe drinking water to hundreds of families in their local community. They have a goal of

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distributing 25 pallets of water, each holding 82 cases of water bottles. Each pallet of water costs $285. To partner with Central Community Church of God at this critical time, donations can be made to Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief.

PAKISTAN

Sindh Province

Unprecedented Monsoon Season and Flooding – September 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.

Haiti

St. Ard Hospital

Socioeconomic/Political Crisis – August 2022

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 to

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make excruciating decisions about who does and does not receive care. Disaster Relief is partnering with the St. Ard Hospital to subsidize patient costs for those who can not cover their own health care expenses. $1,000/month for the next 6 months will be sent for this purpose and additional funding will be re-assessed in February 2023.

Bangladesh

Lalmonirhat Region

Severe flooding – July/August 2022

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.

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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 restoration of the church building and to equip Neon to share Jesus’ love in tangible ways with

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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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PAKISTAN

Karachi

Monsoon season/severe flooding – July 2022

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.

BANGLADESH

Sylhet Region

Flash flooding/mudslides – June 2022

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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UNITED STATES

New York, Texas, 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 are collected and gifted to local charities responding to the needs and heartaches of these communities.

Pakistan

Water-borne illness mitigation – May 2022

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. 

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 are struggling to meet their most basic needs. Disaster Relief is partnering with local leadership to organize and distribute basic assistance to each pastor’s family. Pastors are also equipped with provisions to distribute to their surrounding community (about 200 families total).

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Ukraine

War/refugee – February 2022

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) Emergency Relief Inside Ukraine: Through partnership with the Church of God in Germany, funds are sent to assist the ministry of a CHOG congregation in central Ukraine serving the community around them.

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2) Caring for Internally Displaced Peoples (IPDs): Disaster Relief funds are also sent to the Church of God in Hungary, who purchases and transports basic provisions to the Ukraine border to assist a young CHOG Ukrainian couple in their ministry to internally displaced people. Funds have also been used to purchase a van to bolster this good work.
3) Refugee Care: Funds are used to assist Ukrainian refugees in their evacuation and resettlement process throughout Europe.
4) Restoration: Additional funds will be needed to assist the long-term reconstruction and restoration of homes, churches, and communities.

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Malawi

Malawi – January 2022

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

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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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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

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(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.

Haiti

Earthquake – June 2021

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 is partnering 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 hopes to be completed by July 2022 in order to host a convention with over thirty Church of God congregations churches in attendance.

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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.

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.

KENTUCKY

Kentucky

Tornado – December 2021

Crisis Overview


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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SOUTH DAKOTA

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 is partnering with Disaster Relief to provide basic provision (water and food) to vulnerable families most affected by the storms.

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.

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. 

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