The Anglican Relief & Development Fund Australia is appealing for prayer (most importantly!) and financial donations to help those in rural regions in New South Wales and Queensland affected by recent bushfires.
It has been reported that, in New South Wales, four people have died. 176 houses, 8 facilities and 314 outbuildings are confirmed lost.
In Queensland more than 22,500 hectares have been burned, 20 houses destroyed and 28 firefighters have been injured.
Two significant earthquakes struck villages and communities in the highlands of Papua New Guinea on 26th February and 7th April, 2018. The affected areas are sparsely populated, with a dispersed population living in remote, rural communities. There are no major urban areas in the immediate vicinity although there is a gas pipeline in the area.
ARDFA has sent emergency funds to the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and to Mission Aviation Fellowship. The ACPNG use MAF to deliver emergency supplies to remote church communities.
In February 2017, famine was declared in South Sudan.
“It is human nature. As they grow up, they keep killing each other!” These words from Archbishop Daniel Deng of Sudan are depressing. With the worst humanitarian crisis occurring since World War II, the fact that over 20 million people in four countries are starving seems simply overwhelming.
However, thanks to ARDF donors food has been distributed across South Sudan, all through the local church. Archbishop Deng was able to distribute the money evenly throughout the eight regions. Those trusted leaders were then able to purchase food for their regions and deliver it to the areas of greatest need. As Archbishop Deng explained, “[Food], that is what the people need.”