Unprecedented need caused by what has been described as “the historically worst cyclone to have hit Mozambique” prompts General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt to activate the Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund (WERF).

Jim Pickett, Global Partners missionary serving in Mozambique, reported in an email to Global Partners leaders that Cyclone Idai “…was a direct hit on Beira, the fourth largest city with a population of more than half a million.” Reverend Nhatelo of The Wesleyan Church of Mozambique contacted Pickett to request help from The Wesleyan Church of North America.

“According to the Red Cross,” Pickett adds, “it has been reported that 90 percent of the city [Beira] is destroyed…most of the roofs have blown off and many of the buildings have been destroyed. Some of our pastors in that area have reported that all of the Wesleyan churches have collapsed or disappeared completely.

“Pastor Domingos Patricio, who pastored our largest church in Beira and which the national church invested heavily in its construction, has reported that the church is totally gone. He said there is only sand where the church stood. On top of all that, it was reported today that a dam collapsed from the heavy rains flooding the only road that was open for going in and out of the city, making it impassable.”

The communication ended with, “We haven’t heard if any of our Wesleyan members have been lost, but it has been estimated that the death toll could possibly reach 1,000+. Communication has been slow coming from our church leaders in that area.”

Here are some ways you can make a difference:

  • Pray for the families in Mozambique and the areas affected.

  • If you prefer to give financially, all funds collected will be forwarded to World Hope International to provide help directly to the disaster victims. Please make checks payable to Christ Wesleyan Church with “Mozambique Disaster” in the memo section or give online.

  •  Sign up to serve on a Mozambique relief team through World Hope International.