Relief

Rwanda:

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The Anglican Relief and Development Fund has received an appeal for emergency funding from the Anglican Church of Rwanda to help families displaced by severe mudslides.

During the night of May 7th, landslides from heavy rains killed 54 people and destroyed more than 500 homes in northwestern Rwanda. Lives were lost, homes buried, trees uprooted, crops destroyed, roads washed out. As of May 19th reports indicate that at least 6,000 families remain displaced. (Read news coverage on the disaster from the BBC and Fox News.)

The Anglican Church in Rwanda is responding. In the Shiyra diocese alone, 367 families were effected. Teams are distributing relief packages of blankets, cups, plates, pans, water collection containers, mattresses or sleeping mats, dried food, and iron roofing sheets. The second wave of effort will repair and rebuild damaged homes.

How you can help:

Pray: Will you join us in praying for families affected by this disaster; for those who have lost loved ones, shelter, and livelihood?

Give: Would you consider making a financial donation? $150 will bring relief to one family. The total need is estimated at $50,000. Donations may be directed to The Anglican Relief and Development Fund and will be distributed to the Dioceses directly affected. Gifts can be given online at here.

Thank you for your support,

The Anglican Relief and Development Fund
The Walk with Rwanda team
The Anglican Church of Rwanda

South Carolina:

 

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The following appeal comes from Archbishop Foley Beach:

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I ask you to join me in praying for all those affected by the unprecedented rain and flooding in South Carolina this past week. Please pray for those who have lost loved ones, lost their belongings, lost their livelihood, and those who are reaching out with the love of Christ to their neighbors and communities during this time of tragedy.

The rain falling this week is not only some of the heaviest in South Carolina’s history, but also in the United States as a whole. The deluge began on September 29th and was intensified by Hurricane Joaquin on October 4th. This week, rain continues to fall and the crisis may intensify in the days ahead.

We are deeply saddened by the news that 20 lives have been lost due to flooding, washed out roads, and collapsed dams across the southeast. Many homes have been flooded and more than 30,000 people have lost power.

I ask that you remember these brothers and sisters in your prayers this week:

Compassionate God, draw near to our brothers and sisters in South Carolina in this time of sorrow and anguish, comfort those who mourn, strengthen those who are weary, encourage those in despair, and lead us all to fullness of life; through the same Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen (BCP, p.733).

Relief donations may be directed to The Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Gifts can be given online
at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SCrelief2015
All funds will be dispersed through our local ACNA dioceses and parishes in South Carolina.

Your brother In Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America

 

To give by mail, send a check to:

Anglican Relief and Development Fund
P.O. Box 645354
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-5354

 

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South Sudan:

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  • 1.5 million South Sudanese people have fled their homes as brutal fighting continues.
  • At least 588,222 of those displaced are children.
  • Approximately 400,000 of the 1.5 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries, mostly to Ethiopia, which now hosts 158,000 displaced people.
  • At least 10,000 people have been killed by the conflict; however, exact figures do not exist, and the death toll may be much higher.
  • Heavy fighting continues despite a ceasefire signed by the government and opposition leaders in January. Peace talks that were being conducted in Addis Ababa were indefinitely suspended last month. Fighting between government and opposition forces began in December 2013.

The onset of the rainy season has complicated the relief effort, making roads impassable and encouraging the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases among refugees and those living in remote areas. The fighting has prevented farmers from planting crops, resulting in the risk of severe famine.

How to Help:

  1. Please pray for peace in South Sudan and for our brothers and sisters suffering there.
  2. Please consider making a donation through ARDF to help support Anglicans in South Sudan and Ethiopia who are responding to this crisis.

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Iraq:

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Christians in Iraq have suffered terribly over the last months. Archbishop Foley Beach described the situation in a recent statement: In Iraq, hundreds of thousands of believers have fled their homes, reducing the Christian population to a quarter of the size it was in 1990. Many took refuge in Syria or Lebanon, while others are internally displaced in the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, which once provided relative peace and stability. But Iraqi Christian refugees are no longer safe in Syria, as anti-Christian violence threatens all Christians in the country, while Iraqi Kurdistan is now also seeing escalating tensions; Christians also struggle to find work to support themselves there. Recent events in Mosul have seen the city’s Christian population totally exterminated by murder or the evacuation of Christians. Anglican leaders in the region, including ARDF Global Trustee Archbishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, have called for an end to the violence and for prayer and assistance for persecuted Iraqi Christians.

What can you do to help?

Pray

First, please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters suffering displacement and persecution in Iraq. Cry out to God for an end to the violence, comfort for families who have lost loved ones, and hope for those whose lives have been shattered by this conflict. Archbishop Beach offers these suggested prayers, Heavenly Father, we bring before you today the people of Syria and Iraq, asking you to be their defender and help in their time of need. Walk with them in their suffering and loss, and give them strength to face the days ahead. We pray for release of the captives and freedom for those held hostage. We pray for your intervention against the violence and evil against your people. We pray for your provision for the hungry, the homeless, and the bereaved. We pray for you to help your people who are called by your Name, Jesus’ Name, and it is in His Name we ask these things. Amen. From the Book of Common Prayer: O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth: deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge;  and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Edited from the Book of Common Prayer: O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near:  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you,  especially in Syria and Iraq; bring the nations into your fold;  pour out your Spirit upon all flesh;  and hasten the coming of your kingdom;  through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Second, consider making a donation to one of the many organizations offering help to refugees. ARDF is partnering with Archbishop Mouneer and the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East to offer direct aid to refugees who are in dire need of food and shelter through the local Anglican Church. Please click the link below to donate to this effort through ARDF.

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