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Malawi - rural Lilongwe village attack
12 Jun

Attack on rural village in Malawi leaves families homeless

We’ve just received an urgent plea for help from Ps Moses Chikuta – Senior Pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship and our Field Administrator based in Dedza, Malawi. Several members of his wider family have been left homeless following an attack from neighbouring villagers. He writes … 46 houses of [the] home village of Ps Moses Chikuta …in Lilongwe rural … were burnt to ashes by angry and evil neighboring villagers from [a neighbouring] village around mid-night of Sunday, 7th June, 2020...

Sawmill and Relief Vanuatu
06 Jun

Relief work under way, and sawmills starting up, in Vanuatu

Cyclone Harold destroyed around 70% of properties across northern Vanuatu islands when it swept across South Pacific islands in April. With the generous support of our supporters we were able to send urgent funds to our partners on Espiritu Santo island (Ps Silas and Lois Fatu) and Port Vila (PS Zebedee Tanga) to buy urgent food items for families in Ambae and south Santo – and to repair the roof of the Luganville church, which is being used as a...

No Lockdown in God's Kingdom
01 Jun

No Lockdown in God’s Kingdom!

Last month, I (Andrew) should have been leading a motorbike ministry tour of Mindoro island in the Philippines with team members from New Zealand – including the  Christian Motorcyclists’ Association – joining Ps Danny Macuha (Field Coordinator) and church leaders from across the island. I was scheduled to fly out a week earlier with one of our board members for the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Agape churches on Mindanao island, led by Field Coordinator Bishop Philip Gonzalez. Up...

10 Apr

“It doesn’t get much worse than this … ” – Cyclone Harold makes landfall in the Pacific Islands

“It doesn’t get much worse than this … ” according to Weather Watch’. Thankfully many of the Pacific Islands, including Vanuatu and Tonga, remain free of Covid19 – but ín the past few days Cyclone Harold has already caused multiple fatalities in the Solomon Islands and much devasation across the northern islands of Vanuatu and parts of Fiji. Although the cyclone lost some energy while passing over Fiji, it re-intensified to Category 5 while heading towards Tonga – yet it passed over...

16 Jan

Volcano Taal erupts in the Philippines – larger eruption imminent

While our co-workers across the Philippines organised Christmas celebrations for their churches and the children, they were also busy responding to an earthquake on Mindanao and typhoons across the central Philippines. With your prayers and generous support, we were able to send approx. $8,000 to help them distribute essential relief to some of the most affected communities – with many items donated from local churches. However, just as pastor Danny Macuha was boarding the ferry back home to Batangas on Sunday evening...

30 Dec

Another Typhoon hits the Philippines

Many parts of the Visayas region, and San Jose on Mindoro island, have been seriously devastated over Christmas by typhoon Ursula (aka Phanfone) that has left 28 dead – and more missing – across the centre of the Philippines. Ps Rolly Vasey (Field Coordinator – Cebu) told us that while those who have been affected are being taken care of by the government and receiving essential supplies, their ministry partners in the mountain areas (Leyte and Samar) still need help to...

Children Christmas Party
06 Dec

Christmas Outreach and Relief Operations in the Philippines

With Christmas fast approaching, our co-workers in the Philippines are busy preparing for celebrations and outreach events, as well as for relief operations that are sadly required all too often in this part of the world that is prone to natural disasters. By sourcing gifts and relief items from local suppliers, instead of sending them from New Zealand, we can not only avoid significant shipping costs and maximise the effectiveness of the programmes but also support the local economy and promote...

Aid for South Malawi
25 Oct

Bring hope to South Malawi after the floods

Pastor Moses in Malawi asks us to pray with him for the Widows Livelihood project, “whereby, we aim at empowering poor women and widows in the South of Malawi in the areas where floods washed everything from people and none has hope for survival. The areas of Chikwawa and Nsanje districts are good for animal production. Pray more goats for Widows. Also pray for our bible school these are local pastors involved in rural missions.” ...

14 Oct

Old Machines Bring New Life

Too old to be used by God? Not for a collection of sewing machines! The old Singer sewing machines were accidentally shipped from Europe to a business in Sanford, Florida. Although the shop owners specialized in re-purposed antique wood and industrial antique machinery, they didn’t have a specific use for the sewing machines, and left five of them sitting out on the showroom floor. That could have been the end of the story. Yet our partners Bill and Dottie Jones had prayed for...

28 May

The Cost of Discipleship

By Joshua Hire, missionary in Peru Recently 14 men and 2 women travelled to the Shawi Discipleship Centre in Peru to learn more about God. They came from 9 different communities in all corners of the jungle. They came by boat, motorcar, walking and in the back of pickup trucks. They came in through the rain and the sun to hear God’s Word. It was a great week. We ate and fellowshipped together, played soccer, and spent many hours together in...