Heavy rains in the Karonga district of Malawi caused flooding that has affected many people, including Free Methodist Church members.
The flooding has resulted in the destruction of buildings and in the loss of crops. Malawi Northern Conference Superintendent Japhet Msyani reports that the people of Karonga rely on rice and cassava, and the flooding has washed away all of their food. Please pray for our Free Methodist churches and for the people of Karonga.
Malawi is an African nation of 19 million people. Free Methodist work in Malawi began in 1973 through the work of a graduate of the Free Methodist Bible School in Zimbabwe returning to his home country. Malawi now has three Free Methodist annual conferences and a total of 110 churches serving more than 16,000 people.
If you would like to support emergency relief efforts, please make out donations to the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund at fmcusa.org/bfund with Malawi Flooding noted, or send checks to the Free Methodist Church, 770 N. High School Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214, with BCRF-Malawi in the memo line.
The Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund is the first line of rapid response to aid Free Methodists affected by natural disasters, famine and persecution. It is a means for the U.S. church to provide immediate, focused assistance through our church’s local, international and missions infrastructure.
People give to the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund in advance of or in response to an emergency. As crises arise, church leaders nearest the need make a request. The need is shared with the area bishop and the area missions director for their endorsement and support. Once the crisis is verified, the information is shared among the Board of Bishops. If approved, the funds are wired immediately to the point of need. Missionaries and church leaders in the affected country distribute food, medicine or building materials. At the conclusion of the distribution, a report is filed on how the gifts were used.1