Heavy flooding leaves thousands homeless

By April 22, 2009

Angola (MNN) — Severe flooding hit southern Africa earlier this spring, and reports say the "situation is worse than last year."

About 25,000 people in Angola have been displaced, and the Red Cross
estimates that in the Cunene province, around 125,000 have been

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board says workers were rebuilding Cunene's Baptist Church, destroyed by last year's flooding, when the current flooding frustrated their efforts.

Reports indicate that in Angola, more rain has fallen since December than
fell during the entire 2007-2008 rainy season. Cholera and malaria are a
constant threat; the World Health Organization has delivered 5 tons of
health care kits and drinking water supplies.

IMB's ongoing work in Angola includes ministering to unreached people groups.
These groups include the Ngangela, Lunda, and Nkhumbi peoples.
Indigenous church planting efforts have recently begun among the
Ngangela, while culture and traditions make it hard for evangelical
Christianity to take root among the Lunda and Nkhumbi people groups.

Pray for the IMB team as they respond to needs of affected people in the community and continue to reach out to unreached people groups. Pray also for willing volunteers to help rebuild Cunene's Baptist church.

If you'd like to help the people of Angola who were affected by severe flooding, click here.

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