Charis Ministries Update May 2021

Refugees Cabo Delgado

The conflict has recently forced tens of thousands to flee their homes as well as leaving many children like these orphaned refugees.

Since 2017 the province of Cabo Delgado in the North of Mozambique has been suffering from devastating attacks by groups of Islamist insurgents. These groups are mainly made up of local young Muslim men who have been recruited by local fundamentalist preachers with a basically socialist message that Sharia law would bring equality and everyone would share in the coming resource wealth.

The barbarity experienced in the conflict is horrendous with reports of beheadings, killing of innocent women and children and setting fire to countless homes. It is no wonder that since the conflict began more than 700,000 people have been displaced fleeing in fear to neighbouring provinces. The scale of need is massive. There are thousands without adequate shelter, food, medicines and water.

In April Charis sent funds to Mark and Les Harper (Provisao Mocambique) to help local Cabo Delgado pastors, who are caring for refugee families, providing food, blankets and tarpaulins. The severity of the conflict has increased over recent months. Please pray for this situation, for the Mozambican government to respond with active compassion and for the international community to get involved. Please pray for the thousands of displaced families who have had to leave their homes and are struggling to survive, who have lost loved ones and for the traumatized children, innocent victims of a cruel and crazy war.


Ethiopia 2020

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.’ James 1:27

Elizabeth showing God’s practical love to the poorest of the poor in Nekemte.

During the past few months God has led Charis to partner with an old friend of Mandy’s, Elizabeth, whom she met over 20 years ago whilst on a mission visit to help the poorest of the poor. Elizabeth is a nurse and spirit-filled Christian, who loves God and has a heart to reach out to the most vulnerable with holistic care. Charis has started to help by providing funds to buy food for a number of very poor, sick mainly elderly people.
Charis compassion - Covid 2020

Charis compassion during Covid pandemic

This lady is a pastor who always receives her monthly food kit as a direct blessing from God!

From April-December 2020 Charis has been busy distributing up to 100 food kits monthly to the most vulnerable in 8 villages. The elderly and disabled, widows with orphaned grandchildren, families in need. The Coronavirus has pushed up local prices of staple products leaving already poor families struggling to survive. We thank God for the faithful provision of His people enabling us to reach out practically with God’s love in this way.

This family of 11 children with no father is a massive burden to feed!
Americo in Bandua explains how to cook these vitamin enriched food packs to a poor blind man.

In October the Mozambican team travelled up to Bandua the centre of the 2019 mega cyclone to assess the needs there. Thousands still reside in temporary accommodation in the resettlement camps but thankfully are still receiving food aid from organisations like World Food Programme. However the team found many people outside the camps struggling to survive. We distributed food packs donated through our friend Luke.
So grateful for seed help!

In October we distributed lots of seed in the villages to those who have ‘machambas’ (small farms). Peanuts, beans, corn. The need for good harvests is obviously great for these poor people who live off what they grow. We continue to pray for rain. Inhambane province has been suffering from drought for many months.
Teresa our friend and sister is longing for rain.
Charis has helped establish a number of community gardens in the villages. 10 families work on and receive from thThis one in Machocamane by the lake is producing well!
Elderly and vulnerable

Food kits for the elderly and vulnerable

Preparing food kits-flour, oil, soap and paracetamol

During this Covid-19 pandemic, when groups of more than 10 are prohibited, the team are keeping busy visiting families in need and the elderly and vulnerable and distributing much needed food kits. There has been little rain in our province, resulting in failed crops and now with the present situation, prices are rising leaving the poorest hungry. Charis is committed during these next few months, to seeking out the most vulnerable and providing much needed food.

Little rain has resulted in failed crops

The team visited a very sick old man who they found living in such basic conditions. They are going to return to improve the shelter and make him more comfortable.

Kids Club

Kids worshiping Jesus

Orlando in the village leading the children to worship Jesus

On Saturday Orlando and the team drove out to the village of Faiquete and the kids were so excited! They love to sing the new songs, to dance and have fun with the interactive bible teaching points. We are praying for this new generation,that they will experience the loving presence of God through Spirit led worship and become passionate followers of Jesus.