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Catastrophic Flooding in Peru

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As Flooding Devastates Peru, the Church Is Responding

 

Destructive flooding and mudslides are affecting Nazarenes in Peru. Five districts have been affected so far, all of which are in the areas that have experienced the heaviest rains. Approximately 100 churches are located in the areas most devastated, and more than 1,000 Nazarene members have been directly affected.

 

Water, food, and shelter are needed immediately for those who have been displaced. Many areas are without drinking water altogether. The lack of safe water will continue to be a crisis for weeks to come.

 

Unusually heavy rains have been affecting Peru since the beginning of 2017. More than 10 times the normal amount of rainfall has caused severe flooding and mudslides. More than 70 people have died. Thousands more were forced to evacuate, some barely escaping rushing floodwaters. Throughout the affected areas, officials report that tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed or severely damaged, leaving many families homeless.

 

The situation continues to grow dire. More heavy rain is forecast, and officials expect the situation to worsen. Officials expect the storms to move inland and south, putting more of the country at risk.

 

The rains, which are following a period of severe drought, are caused by an El Niño weather pattern and abnormally elevated ocean temperatures. The flooding has also left more than 100 bridges impassable, making travel to and from the affected areas difficult. Hospitals have been inundated, and small villages are entirely isolated from aid. The flooded streets also increase the risk of waterborne illnesses as well as mosquitoes that cause malaria.

 

Other countries in South America are also being affected by the rains, including Chile and Bolivia.

 

If you would like to support Peru Flooding efforts in Peru, please visit https://give.nazarene.org/donate/f/127583.

 

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

To support Nazarene disaster response efforts in Peru, you can give to the Peru Flooding fund. Donations will be used to meet urgent needs as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding.

 

How You Can Help

 

Pray

Please pray the rains will stop and the water level will decrease. Pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for the people affected, especially children, senior adults, and others who are vulnerable. Pray for affected churches and for those working to assist their neighbors in Jesus’ name.

 

Give

Churches and individuals around the world can support disaster response efforts by giving to the Peru Flooding fund. Donations will be used to meet urgent needs as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding.

 

To send donations by mail:

 

In the U.S., make checks payable to “General Treasurer and send them to:

Global Treasury Services
Church of the Nazarene
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116

Be sure to put 127583 in the Memo area.

 

In Canada, make checks payable to “Church of the Nazarene Canada” and send them to:

Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Road, Unit 9
Brampton, Ontario L7A 1C3

Be sure to put 127583 in the Memo area.

 

For any other country, give through your local church or district, designating your gift to the Peru Flooding Fund.

 

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