June 07, 2013

Disaster Relief for South Africa Storms

Brad Senekal – South Africa Outreach Director

While severe weather has been ravaging the United States, storms have also hit on the other side of the globe this week striking in Cape Town, South Africa. The brutality of nature quickly reminds us of our vulnerability – the brittle makeshift zinc shacks of South African townships offer very little protection before the fury of gale force winds, torrential rain, and hail. Fifteen thousand people were affected as thousands of shacks flooded, and many more faced the brunt of freezing weather. 

Hand of Hope was able to respond swiftly with disaster relief. We partnered with Hillsong Africa Foundation and their volunteers to distribute waterproof roof sheeting, blankets and food parcels for hundreds of people in the township of Khayelitsha in Western Cape. We also gave blankets to the homeless through two Christian homeless shelters, Happy Valley and Loaves and Fish. We were also able to distribute Joyce’s books in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans. The gratitude was overwhelming! 

Suffering affects us all, whether rich or poor, in a brick house or a zinc shack or on the streets, in America or Africa… but thank God that He cares for us enough to always reach out to us and to others exactly where we are, no matter who or where we are! We would not be able to extend God’s love in this magnitude around the globe if it weren’t for God stirring our partner’s hearts to be faithful, committed and generous! You were there! Thank you!

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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