Cyclone Lands at Mozambique Hospital, Damages Churches

The cyclone damaged the Free Methodist Church in the city of Maxixe along with other churches.

The cyclone damaged the Free Methodist Church in the city of Maxixe along with other churches.

On the night of Thursday, Feb. 16, Cyclone Dineo made landfall in Mozambique just over a hospital compound run by the Free Methodist Church in Mozambique and supported by partnering organization Hope and Healing Africa. There are not any reports of Free Methodist loss of life at this time, but the cyclone caused significant damage to at least three Free Methodist churches. Please pray for the local church and leaders in Mozambique. Please also pray for Free Methodist Pastor Hendrik Smidderks who leads Hope and Healing Africa from his church in Kansas.

Nhaloi Hospital

Nhaloi Hospital

Smidderks is the president and board chair for Hope and Healing Africa, which is a nonprofit organization based out of Kansas. He is the lead pastor at the Northwest Free Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas. He leads teams to Mozambique every summer to work with the Nhaloi Hospital, which was founded in 1959 by Free Methodist missionary Dr. Marguerite Palmer.

The Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund exists to provide rapid response to aid Free Methodists affected by natural disasters, such as cyclones and earthquakes, along with famine and persecution. Click here to contribute to the fund.

More information about the cyclone can be found in this news report: http://clubofmozambique.com/news/mozambique-partners-promise-post-cyclone-assistance/

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