Emergency assistance from World Hunger Fund aids flood-ravaged mission in Mexico
GRANTHAM, Pa. (July 27, 2010)—Three weeks after the Rio Grande River surged above its banks and began to inundate numerous communities in northeastern Mexico, the tiny Brethren in Christ community at Las Calabazas (near Reynosa) has received an emergency relief grant from the World Hunger Fund (WHF).
The $3,800-plus ( US) grant will enable José Moreno, pastor of Alfa y Omega Brethren in Christ Church, to purchase and distribute food to the 15 families affected by the flood, according to a report from BIC World Missions missionary Mike Cassel.
Both the church building and the homes of 15 Brethren in Christ families have been flooded, according to Cassel. He notes that “much property was lost and many of [those affected] are without work.”
Reports from outside sources indicate that the section of the Rio Grande at Las Calabazas could remain at flood stage for two more weeks. This continued flooding will keep these displaced families out of their homes and away from their jobs, Cassel indicates, making the WHF grant even more significant.
In addition to the WHF grant, which will provide the affected families with food for at least eight weeks, food donations have been collected by the three Brethren in Christ congregations at Ciudad Victoria, about 150 southwest of Las Calabazas.
About the World Hunger Fund
For more than 30 years, the World Hunger Fund has challenged us Brethren in Christ in North America to review our lifestyles so that we can direct more resources toward hunger relief and other benevolence programs. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in service to one another, we respond with gifts that encourage and support our sisters and brothers around the world.
In 2009, the fund disbursed more than $255,000 ( U.S. and Canadian), making significant contributions to hunger relief in Zimbabwe (through the Family to Family, Village to Village initiative), HIV/AIDS and orphan assistance in Mozambique, and housing relief in Honduras.
Emergency projects—like the one currently underway in Las Calabazas, Mexico—draw on undesignated donations to the WHF. To continue funding special projects like these, the WHF needs generous contributors willing to donate undesignated funds.
To contribute to the World Hunger Fund:
In the U.S.: Gifts can be made online by clicking the “Make a donation” link at the bottom of this page. (Please specify “World Hunger Fund” in drop-down menu.) Contributions may also be given by sending a check made out to “General Conference of the Brethren in Christ, Inc.” to 431 Grantham Road, PO Box A, Grantham, PA 17027. (Please indicate “World Hunger Fund” on the memo line of the check.)
In Canada: Cheques should be made out to the “BIC Canadian Conference” and mailed to the Canadian Conference of the BIC Church, 2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON L6H 6E1. (Please indicate “World Hunger Fund” on the memo line of the check.