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Episcopal Statement on Cyclone Idai

Posted by Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling on


God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. The Lord of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety.  --  Psalm 46: 1-3,7 (CEB)


Please hold our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe and Mozambique in deep prayer. These areas have been ravaged by Cyclone Idai and the full extent of the damage is unknown. As of this communication, the affected areas are without power, and any means of communication are unreachable by land. Bishop Joaquina Nhanala of the Mozambique Episcopal Area has shared that the city of Beira, the location of the Mozambique North head office, has experienced severe devastation. According to Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, the death toll will likely be high. From his aerial assessment of the damage, he estimates that 100,000 people need immediate rescue.

Right now, the most effective way to help our brothers and sisters is through prayer. Once we understand the most appropriate way to send financial and material resources, we will communicate that information to you.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Blessings and peace,

Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling