Drought Disaster in Zambia and Zimbabwe Inspires Response from Church of God

 In All Church of God, CHOG, Disaster Relief, Global Strategy

By Carl Stagner

What should be the rainy season across southern Africa this time of year has instead proved to be anything but wet. Persistent drought has left Zambia and Zimbabwe reeling from a disaster rendering food supply critically low and the economy severely strained. The largely agrarian culture leaves residents at the mercy of their own crop production; prolonged dry spells have only added insult to injury on the heels of deadly floods from too much rain last year. In response to the drought disaster, the Church of God in the United States and Canada are linking arms with the Church of God in Zambia and Zimbabwe to respond with tangible expressions of Jesus’ love.

Dramatic precipitation swings from lack to excess have been especially alarming in recent years. Poor agricultural and economic conditions grow worse as recovery seems elusive. An estimated six million people in Zambia, and nearly three million in Zimbabwe, are reported as suffering under the consequences of the climate catastrophe. Other societal infrastructure, like the power grid, is affected and under close observation as the weather puts strain on multiple levels of society. With little respite from coronavirus, flooding, cholera, and now drought, citizens are growing weary and finding hope to be scarce, as well. That’s where the Church of God comes in, and, fueled by generous donations from congregations and individuals, hope can be restored.

Rev. Dzingai Guni, national leader for the Church of God in Zimbabwe, paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to live in the midst of a drought disaster of epic proportions. “When you drive around the country,” he reports, “you can see many crops dying. Its impact [extends] to the local community, including loss of lives, loss of livestock, and children, [who] might not [be able] to go to school.”

Rev. Mailesi Ndao, national leader for the Church of God in Zambia, describes in poignant reflection the urgency of the situation on the ground: “We have experienced the worst disaster of my lifetime. We received rains in late December. Farmers planted their crops, [but], by January, the rains stopped at a time when crops needed the moisture the most. Many families in the church of God are rural-based. This has had a negative impact on many families. The situation is very bad and many families are starving, which has a negative impact on the growth of children. Due to the drought for the past two years, food has become very expensive.”

By faith in the goodness of our heavenly Father, and trusting that the people of God will continue to give generously as the Holy Spirit directs, Church of God Ministries promptly sent funds to the Church of God in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Donations will be used to purchase food for the most vulnerable in the congregations, as well as fertilizer and seed, even irrigation, for the next farming season—one which is prayerfully shaping up to be much better than the present.

Church of God Ministries is only able to respond swiftly when disaster strikes because it maintains a disaster relief fund. In crises where an immediate response is critical for relief, Church of God Ministries advances funds in anticipation of a gracious outpouring of donations from churches and individuals. One hundred percent of Disaster Relief contributions are utilized to bring relief to those affected by disasters worldwide. Learn more and donate today via https://www.jesusisthesubject.org/disaster-relief-and-restoration/.

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