UPDATE – 24/12/2015
Dear Brethren and Sisters,
Greetings in Jesus name!
“And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make.” Exodus 36:5
The Brethren of PNG would like to thank you for your overwhelming generosity in giving to the PNG Drought Appeal. PNG has been affected by one of the worst droughts on record. This drought affected the whole country causing difficulty for the population and our membership at large. Those most adversely affected in our church were 14 families who where displaced from their island home, an active Volcano called Mannum Island which erupted some time ago. These families were relocated to the mainland and are unable to return back to their island. During the drought they could not grow crops on the land they were allocated and had nowhere else they could go. It was for the survival of these families and others in PNG who were struggling to obtain the basic necessities of life that this appeal was made.
It is a wonderful problem that as in the days of Moses the donations for the tabernacle we now need to say it is time to stop giving for this cause as we have fulfilled our target and the needs have been supplied. We thank you all for your generosity in giving means that has enabled the brethren to be supplied with food and water through this difficult time. We praise God rain has now come however it will still take some time for crops to grow. The funds raised will get the brethren through the next weeks while seed is being purchased and crops put in so our brethren will be able to go on with their lives as subsistence farmers.
Thank you all so much and may God richly bless all who have helped so much.
Your Brothers & Sisters in PNG!
Funds for Emergency Food Supplies due to El Nino Drought in PNG
Dear Brethren and Friends in Australia and New Zealand,
Our members and their children in Papua New Guinea are going hungry and at this point in time are in great need for assistance.
The El Nino drought affecting Papua New Guinea is taking its toll. News can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-19/frost-drought-wipes-out-subsistence-crops-in-png-solomon-islands/6707964
Members cannot access their food sources, namely their gardens, due to frost and drought. Over 10 weeks of no rain has meant that their dependence on the the only water source to water their gardens has dried up. In addition the water supplies from streams and rivers have given up. In some places springs have dried up. The PNG Welfare Department has used up all available funds, and the government is not forthcoming in aid to the people in a timely manner. Across the country many people are in need.
Currently the immediate need is to purchase food supplies for all the member families in need. Funds are needed for this purpose. Please donate generously for this important need as without a water supply, the burden to collect water almost always falls on children. With many thousands of people without water, that’s a huge risk to children’s health. They are at serious risk of diarrhoea, and other life-threatening illnesses from drinking contaminated water sources. Our Plan is to subsidize their food costs to alleviate the loss of their only source of food; their garens. The plan is to purchase supplemental food supplies for a period of four months. Once this period of time has passed, we will assess the situation on the ground through the PNG Welfare Department and bring further news.
“Money has great value, because it can do great good. In the hands of God’s children it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked. It is a defense for the oppressed, and a means of help to the sick. But money is of no more value than sand, only as it is put to use in providing for the necessities of life, in blessing others, and advancing the cause of Christ. But Christ sanctions no lavish or careless use of means. His lesson in economy, ‘Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost,’ is for all His followers. (John 6:12.) He who realizes that his money is a talent from God will use it economically, and will feel it a duty to save that he may give.” Christ Object Lessons p. 352. “The more means we expend in display and self-indulgence, the less we can have to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Every penny used unnecessarily deprives the spender of a precious opportunity of doing good. It is robbing God of the honor and glory which should flow back to Him through the improvement of His entrusted talents.” Christ Object Lessons p. 352.
To donate please mention “PNG Drought Relief” on your envelopes or direct deposit reference.