Posts Tagged ‘Rain’

Tragedy Strikes Again in the DR Congo

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Newly Orphaned Children Need Immediate Help!

Overnight. In a moment. In an instant. Life can be forever altered. There are seven orphan children whose lives have been forever changed and who need your help right away! Please read on.

Several weeks ago, heavy rains fell in a province of the DR Congo. No one knew at the time that a tragedy was brewing. However, the heavy rains, combined with deforestation, were just too much for the saturated ground to hold.

Early one morning the earth trembled as a torrent of water, mud and debris gathered momentum and stormed down the hillside. Sleeping villagers had little time to react as the wall of mud crashed through their homes burying entire families and leaving behind a path of death and destruction. In just a few moments, scores of people died and over a hundred children were left orphaned.

These children (and many others) lost their families during a deadly mud slide in the DR Congo. They were brought to our Patmos Children’s Village. They need your help.

These children (and many others) lost their families during a deadly mud slide in the DR Congo. They were brought to our Patmos Children’s Village. They need your help.

As is often the case in poor countries, humanitarian aid and assistance was slow to arrive to this remote area. The survivors suffered, and this was especially true for the children.

Nearly a month went by before the government assessed what to do with the orphans. That’s when our Patmos Children’s Village was asked to help. Désiré, project director, sent an urgent appeal to my wife, Sharon, ICC’s director for children services. Here is an edited excerpt from that message:

Yesterday we received unexpected visitors — a team of five persons from North-Kivu Province. They had been sent to us by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

This team brought seven children with them. The children had severe malnutrition. They were from Mabolio where a landslide had covered 129 houses. 329 persons were unaccounted for. 97 dead bodies were found along the river. 111 surviving children were without assistance and were half-dead.

The province reported the case to the Ministry of Social Affairs. A meeting was held by the National and International Non-Governmental Organizations to study together a permanent solution to save these children.

At the end of the meeting, the children were spread to 6 children’s villages. That’s how we have received 7 children who need urgent assistance. They need quality food, medical care, clothes, accommodation, psycho-social follow-up, protection, schooling, etc.

We tried to explain to the delegation that we do not have enough financial means to take care of the children. They did not believe us because they had heard about our children we helped to become independent last year.

They also heard that Patmos village has a tremendous reputation all over the country and provides appropriate care to children.

In favor of these children, we beseech you Mother Sharon to introduce this case to the ICC Board so that the children may receive help for their salvation.

For ICC–Congo Project
Désiré MURHIMA
M.Sc Administrator

Désiré is aware of the financial implications of having seven new children to feed, clothe and educate. He has been trying to stretch the resources he has to provide for over 100 children who are currently part of the Patmos family. He has turned to us for help.

And now, I am turning to you. Will you help these children in their time of need? In considering this request, Sharon said, “How can I say no to this very urgent need? I was just feeling like we were getting down to the right number of children in the homes we have, and the Lord is sending more. Is a crowded home better than no home? Is a little bit of food better than no food? It is a life and death situation to these children.”

Today, we are dedicated to stepping out in faith to take these helpless children into our care, a faith in Jesus who has left this responsibility to all of us, and a faith in each one of you that you will step up and support these children as you always have.

It will take some time before we have enough information in order to assign these children sponsors. In the meantime, they will need the things that Désiré mentioned, which will stretch the Patmos budget even further. Your gift of support today for $50 or $100 will be life-saving for these children.

Also, the DR Congo has 423 dialects. Each tribe has its local and/or regional language. None of those at the Patmos Children’s Village knows or understands the languages of these new children. Désiré indicated most of the children don’t know their own identities.

We must move forward to help them. To rescue and restore the lives of orphan children is our mission. We are counting on you as we always have when we face an urgent situation like this. Thank you for your prayers!

On behalf of the children, thank you very much for your generosity and loving care!

May God bless you,
Rick Fleck

P.S. These seven children, orphaned by circumstances beyond their control, desperately need your help. Please send in your gift of support today!

A Step In Faith

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
by: Doug Congleton

“Little Nicole was found hiding in the bushes, shivering in the darkness… all of her family members had perished in the landslides… To picture that little child terrified and alone, just crushes my heart…”

Nicole’s entire family were carried to their deaths by landslides following torrential rains. You can help Nicole. Your gift will give her a new family.

Nicole’s entire family were carried to their deaths by landslides following torrential rains. You can help Nicole. Your gift will give her a new family.

I know what Faith means to me  — Forever, Anywhere, I’ll, Trust, Him — FAITH. This is exactly what we have again just experienced here at ICC concerning a small girl that was going to die in Congo. The story of Nicole* is an amazing story of what I believe is the main reason that Jesus created ICC. Somehow I think you may feel the same way.

Recently, there were torrential rains, which caused devastating flooding in the Mulenge Mountains, in the Uvira territories of the Congo.

The few people who were able to survive could only stand by and watch as family, friends, animals, livestock, homes and belongings were swept away in the landslides of mud that roared through their village from the four full days of relentless downpour.

Can you imagine how this must have felt to stand there and witness such a horrific event and not be able to stop it?

One night after the storms subsided, one of the ADRA workers that was on-site heard the cries of a small child in the darkness. Little Nicole (we are guessing she is about three-years-old) was found hiding in the bushes, shivering in the darkness alone, since all of her family members had perished in the landslides. To picture that little child in my mind, terrified and alone, just crushes my heart.

The ADRA worker brought Nicole to our Patmos Children’s Village on the island and asked us if we could take her in since she would perish without help.

We are all aware that the finances are really stretched here at ICC right now, but for those of us who serve here, this request to take Nicole in IS the reason Jesus created ICC. We knew we did not have sponsors to financially support little Nicole, but we also knew that without help, she would perish.

So, we have taken Nicole into our ICC Family in faith — faith in a God who is “The Father of the fatherless,” and a faith in our ICC family that you would never choose to turn a child in need away due to financial challenges.

Désiré, our director at Patmos, just wrote a letter to us, and here is an excerpt:

“At the arrival of our new little girl, Nicole, she is very shy and she just isn’t eating all types of food given to her. We found out that in addition to the deadly accident of her parents, she had a case of malnutrition. She has discolored hair, a large belly and scabies on her legs. We ask anyone who has a heart for children to contribute financially to support our little girl Nicole.”

Nicole needed a life-saving love in order to survive. We made that choice in faith to somehow find a way to provide that love for her by adding her to our ICC family.

Nicole needs your help. Your loving gift will give her a new family at Patmos.

Nicole needs your help. Your loving gift will give her a new family at Patmos.

Today is the time for each one of us to step forward and make sure that Nicole, and others just like her have a place to call “home.” A home in a children’s village is a place where these children will find the love and hope that they lost or have not had before.

Every one of us can tell these children they are loved in spite of what has happened to them by giving our financial support in providing for them. In giving to these children, I am sure that your life will be blessed many times over. I know this because it happens in my life.

For just 41 cents per meal, which is only $1.22 each day, you can provide an entire day’s meals to a child in Congo. What a difference something as simple as meals can make for them!

If you can help financially, no matter how large or small, please do so today. Will you help Nicole and so many other children know that they are loved enough that someone somewhere will do something to help them? If you and I do not do this for these special children, who will?

Please mark your donations “The Nicole Project and we will make sure that 100% of your donations go directly to provide for Nicole and her new brothers and sisters in The Patmos Children’s Village.

God bless you for providing for these special children in need.

Doug Congleton
Executive Director

*Nicole’s name has been changed to protect her privacy.

Fuente de Vida Becomes A Fountain Of Life

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Nicaragua — Fuente de Vida

It was ICC supporters like you who made it possible to purchase land for the Fuente de Vida children’s village in Nicaragua. Fuente de Vida means “Fountain of Life.” We didn’t realize at the time that the property would have a literal fountain of life flowing beneath the surface. The children are very blessed to have a home on this property, and we’re certain God had his hand in this.

A severe drought has effected the region around our Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua. There is a deep well on the Fuente de Vida property. The project administrators are using the well to provide water to local villages.

A severe drought has effected the region around our Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua. We have a deep well on the Fuente de Vida property. The project administrators are using our water-tank-on-wheels to provide much-needed water to local villages.

The lack of rain has caused drought conditions in the surrounding area. Many people are suffering from a lack of water. But God has provided a wonderful well or “fountain of life” for the water needs of our children plus many neighbors in the community. During my visit it was wonderful to see how the children share their water with others. Water is drawn from the well and placed in a large holding tank on a wagon. The wagon is pulled by tractor into the surrounding area where it provides for those neighbors who are desperate for a drink of pure water.

Because we have this excellent source of water, we are also able to provide for the needs of the dairy herd which in turn helps the cows to produce adequate milk for the children. The extra is sold in the community and provides income that multiplies the power of your gifts. On Sabbath, the milk is donated to the hospital for woman and children.

What a blessing water is to this project and they are quick to pass the blessing on to others. Thank-you for helping to provide such a wonderful place for them to call home!

Fuente de Vida Protected from Earthquake

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Here is an excerpt from a project update sent to us by Felix, director of the Fuente de Vida children’s village in Nicaragua.

“… [W]e had an earthquake with the epicenter nearly in front of the Hogar along the Jiquilillo Coast. It was stronger than the one in 1972 in Managua [It was 7.4], but because it was at sea and very deep, it didn’t cause major damage.

The view from Fuente de Vida looking west towards the Pacific Ocean where the earthquake occured

The view from Fuente de Vida looking west towards the region of the Pacific Ocean where the earthquake occurred

“They say the shaking was terrible, and I say ‘they say’ because in the homes at the Hogar it wasn’t felt very much. We are on the rock and they have good foundations. Most of the kids didn’t even wake up.

“It was at 9:50 at night, but in a few minutes the neighbors were calling to see how we were. They called us from Costa Rica worried because it was felt in all of Central America, Belize and Mexico. In El Viejo and Chinandega some houses collapsed.

“Things have gotten worse with the torrential rains which are falling which have made the situation even worse. We are very well. God gave us a perfect place to live and we haven’t had any effect—just some delays with the work because of all the rain, after being in a drought.

Rain storm at the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua

Rain storm at the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua

“We praise God for his leading in establishing this children’s village on the Rock. It has proven many times to be an ideal location for the children. Thank-you for all you continue to do for ‘His kids.’”

Heavy Flooding And Erosion Damage Patmos

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Earlier this year, heavy flooding caused damage at our children’s village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here’s an excerpt from a message received from our project director, Désiré:

“We received a heavy rain but due to God’s mercy we survived. The river behind us overflowed and the whole block was swept off and it also encroached where the cows stay as you will see on the photos. The other small house for the calves was swept off by heavy waters.

Erosion due to heavy flooding on the campus of the Patmos Children's Village in the  DR Congo

Damage due to heavy flooding on the campus of the Patmos Children's Village in the DR Congo. The shelter for the calves was ruined due to the significant erosion.

“The gully may need to be built but we wanted you to see the pictures of how rain caused this heavy erosion around the cows’ premises. The cow’s shelter would be better to be constructed in a permanent material in order to be on a safe side. Thanks for your good collaborations, God bless you abundantly.”

Kids and adults alike join in making temporary repairs from heavy flooding at the Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo

Kids and adults alike join in making temporary repairs necessitated by significant erosion due to heavy flooding at the Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo

Our Patmos Children’s Village on Idjwi island is in need of financial assistance to aid with the recurring problem caused by erosion. In the past, funds have been sent to remedy other erosion issues, and these efforts have been highly successful. Please consider assisting with this additional need.

The Perspectives of an ICC Student Missionary: Naomi/El Salvador

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

One of our student missionaries in El Salvador sent me this letter concerning the torrential rains that occurred in El Salvador during October 2011. I thought I’d share her experience with you.

Noami with two chidren from ICC El Salvador

Naomi (center) who is a student missionary at ICC's project in El Salvador

“Last week [October 9–20, 2011] a terrible storm hit most of El Salvador [60 inches of rain]. Many people lost their homes, valuables, clothing, shelter and food. I joined the campus Pathfinder club and some ICC El Salvador staff to give out food and clothes in a nearby village.

Photo of a flooded road in El Salvador

Typical flooding from the October 2011 rains in El Salvador

“When we got to the church at which we were to volunteer, I saw such a long line of men, women and children! Practically everyone in that town had nothing left to their names. It was such a sad experience to see little kids with shorts on even thought the night had been cold and they each had hungry looks on their faces.

Photo of people waiting for food and clothing during the relief efforts after the Oct 2011 rains in El Salvador

People waiting for food and clothing being distributed by our staff members and Pathfinders from ICC El Salvador

“As we passed out the food and the drinks, the people said, ‘Let’s give a round of applause to Seventh-day Adventist church group!’ And they started to clap for us; it was so touching to see how grateful they were with what little we could give them.

Staff members from ICC El Salvador distribute food to people who lost their homes due to flooding resulting from Oct 2011 torrential rains in El Salvador

ICC El Salvador Pathfinders and staff members serve food to people displaced by flooding from torrential rains in El Salvador during October 2011

“We left the people well-fed and with warm clothes on their backs. I was SO proud of the ICC kids that came to volunteer. By some standards, these kids don’t have much themselves, but they were still willing to share with those who had lost everything.

“As I was passing out drinks, I overheard two men from the church talking about me in Spanish. They were saying, ‘She can’t be a missionary, she is way too young.’

“After a while of listening to this, I approached them and asked why they thought I was too young to be a student missionary. I explained that although I look young, I am 19. Even if I was very young, what did that matter if God wanted to use me?

“The look on their faces was priceless! They thought I couldn’t understand/speak Spanish. So they began apologizing and said they agreed with me, if God wanted to use a young person, why couldn’t a young person be used? I assured them they hadn’t offended me.”

ICC is in the business of letting God use those He has called to serve. Please contact us today if you are interested in allowing God to use your gifts.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Manley
ICC International Social Worker

Violent Storm Damages Las Palmas Crops

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

We’ve received some disturbing news from Mario Lora, ICC’s business and farm manager at the Las Palmas Campus in the Dominican Republic. On Friday, May 27 an isolated and violent storm swept through the Las Palmas campus and caused extensive damage to the farm crops which had been growing in such abundance.

Weather forecasts had not predicted the storm, and it hit the campus unexpectedly and with terrific force. According to Mario, “Its radius of action was practically in our locality and towards the mountains. In fact, the nearby city of Bonao had no damage.

“We understand that it affected an area of about 10 square kilometers with us in the center. We haven’t heard anything about it on the news, and everyone who comes here is surprised when they see the destruction.

“In fact, one of the engineers in charge of the greenhouse project, when he came here was stunned because he didn’t know this had happened, and he was investigating a lot to see what happened. It was quick, only lasting about 20 to 25 minutes as a strong storm, and then the rain lasted for a long time afterward. There was no warning to prepare.”

Plantain trees from the Las Palmas farm destroyed by a focused storm.

Some of the destroyed plantain trees from the Las Palmas farm

About 2/3 of the plantain crop was damaged by the heavy winds and rain that accompanied the storm. Many of the trees were laden with plantains and according to Mario, “With a few exceptions, all trees that had stalks (bunches) of plantains fell to the ground. The stalks varied a lot, from ones that were just flowering to those that were ready to harvest.

Of the trees that didn’t have stalks, only a few fell to the ground, but a very small percentage. We think that about 2,500 plantain trees fell over. Each stalk has about 30 to 40 plantains, which at the current market price are worth between 5 and 7 pesos, so each stalk is worth about 150 pesos [$4.05]. When we multiply that by 2,500 trees, it comes out to a loss of about 375,000 pesos [$10,135]. Also, we were left with about 1,250 trees which will start flowering in the next three months.”

The loss of the trees means more than the loss of the crop. A tree can produce several crops, plus they produce other “children” – small trees that grow up to the next generation. Mario, the staff and children at Las Palmas have quickly started the process of rehabilitating trees that can be salvaged and planting new trees.

Mario states that, “when we plant a new crop it takes about 8 or 9 months to start producing.” One piece of good news is that the project already has enough seeds to do the replanting and together with rehabilitating the damaged trees, the project should be able to expand the crop. This will have to wait until the rains allow the workers to prepare the land.

Plantains are a staple crop at the children’s village. This loss will certainly impact the project. Mario continues. “Of the production that we had projected, we consume almost the entire crop. What was happening at this moment was that as the plantains would get ripe we would cut them for use in the homes. They were not all ready to cut at the same time. In fact, many times we have had to cut them before they were really ready because of the needs in the homes.”

One of the other important crops at Las Palmas is Yucca. Mario estimated that perhaps 30% to 40% was affected. Since Yucca are tubers, it’s difficult to say at this time what the effect of the storm may be. However, there was significant damage to the plants themselves and the tubers may rot or not develop normally.

Garden vegetables were also hit hard, and according to Mario, “everything we had was ruined.” The house father and children of house 4 on the Las Palmas campus had put forth dedicated effort to supply the homes with vegetables. Mario estimates that this was valued at the equivalent of $135 per week so over the next 8 weeks as they wait for new crops to mature, they’ll need to spend about $1,080 to replace what was lost.

Two hatchlings sleep in their nest after the storm.

Two hatchlings sleep in their nest after the storm

There are some bright spots in all this discouraging news. All the children and staff escaped unharmed. Praise God for that! Also, the sweet potato, corn and pineapple crops were not damaged. As well, there is something telling about how Mario describes the attitude of the staff and children on campus. “What has impressed me the most in all this,” he states, “is the good spirit that exists among the employees and the kids. We can see complete unity in order to reestablish, with God’s help and our efforts, what has been damaged. We have courage to continue on as long as the Lord gives us the strength.”

We’re pleased to report that when the Versacare Foundation heard about this tragedy, they immediately provided a donation of $10,000 to help with this food emergency. What a blessing this is! Additional funds are needed, and if you would like to help, please mark your donation “Las Palmas Farm and Food Fund.” It will directly assist with this need.

Thank you for your generous support.

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

Heavy Rains Cause Damage at Sweet Home

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Heavy rains have flooded our Sweet Home Children’s Village in India. According to Lilly Kaligithi, ICC India’s director, “We are unable to go anywhere. Please pray for our district. The whole district is going through this problem. I feel sorry for our plants. Hope they will survive.”

Flooding surrounds one of ICC buildings on our ICC India campus

Flooding surrounds our storage building on our ICC India campus

The rains are causing damage to the houses which were constructed of cement. Water collecting on the roofs is seeping through to the ceilings and dripping onto the floor.

Lilly is concerned about the costs that will be incurred from trying to repair the damages. She says; “I pray that God will send some funds to help us with these repairs. These rains may continue for another four or five days, according to the predictions. We will somehow pull through these few days and perhaps, we can do the repair work before the next monsoon.”

Two of Sweet Home's young men standing shin-deep in flood water.

Two of Sweet Home's young men stand shin-deep in the water that has flooded our ICC India campus.

Please pray for Sweet Home during this difficult time. If you’d like to assist with repairing the homes, please send your donation with a note that says, “India House repairs.”

The entrance road and main gate for ICC India's campus stand flooded from recent heavy rains.

ICC India's main gate and the entrance road stand flooded from recent heavy rains. The road has become impassable for cars, stranding the campus residents.

This is ICC India's garden which has been flooded by the recent heavy rains.

This is ICC India's garden which has been flooded by the recent heavy rains. Sweet Home relies on this garden to provide food for the children.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC