Brothers and Sisters,
We ask you to join us in prayer for those affected by the recent outbreak of the coronavirus and the healthcare professionals who are treating affected people. As of January 29, 2020, the World Health Organization has confirmed 6,065 cases of the infection and an additional 9,239 cases are suspected. One hundred thirty-two people have died from the virus and cases are confirmed in 15 countries.
While the virus is very serious, church members and the HOPE worldwide global network should not be overly concerned. Thankfully, there have only been five cases confirmed in the US, and all those infected had traveled to Wuhan, China. The risk to the US is still low. Nevertheless, we should take simple and common precautions to help prevent the spread of any disease.
Bushfire Crisis - January 2020 Update
Hopefully the worst is over, but fire season in Australia is not over yet, so the need of the hour is more rain! The other need is to support the communities affected as well as engage in fundraising. Below is an update from our supporting Churches of Christ where members and their families have been actively involved.
Three of our awesome HOPEww Australia representatives and volunteers Robyn, Louise and Ricaredo were in PNG November 2019! On Thursday they visited the 9 Mile & Lawes Road Health Clinics and had a very productive time with the administrators and nurses.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the HOPE Day of Giving in June and July to support the Papua New Guinea work (100% going to PNG programs- literacy/early childhood education and the future HOPE Community Centre). Supporting Churches of Christ raised funds in different cities across the South Pacific (see below). You can still contribute to the 2 nominated programs in Papua New Guinea through GiveNow (add comment: HOPE Day of Giving)
SPA Region TOTAL: $31,266
Adelaide - $2,167
Brisbane - $3,771
Melbourne - $18,122
Gold Coast- $1,918
Auckland - $1,790
Sydney - $1,500
Perth - $1,000
Misc (online) - $998
Download: Hope Of Giving Announcement
Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished Guest from HOPE worldwide Australia (Dr Mark Timlin and Dr. Graham Gumley), Manager Refugee Clinic Melbourne (Mrs Fay Lea-Smith), Pastor and Women’s Ministry Leader of the Port Moresby Church of Christ (Felix and Ashley Tokwepota), Development Partners, and my wonderful & hardworking HOPE worldwide staff; It gives me such joy and great pleasure to welcome you all to the commemoration of 25 years of HOPE worldwide PNG’s work in reaching and serving the underprivileged communities in PNG. Twenty five years is a huge milestone for this faith-based community orientated organisation. It is a testament of our resilience to survive, thrive and adapt, never shying away and fully living out our mission and vision every day. It is a testament of ultimately God’s unconditional and unfailing love for us, His people despite our weaknesses & downfalls. God has covered us with his feathers, sheltered us with his wings and his faithful promises are OUR armour and protection as stated in Psalms of David Chapter 91, verse 4. It is a great privilege and honour to commemorate 25 years of HOPE worldwide PNG with you all. I would like to acknowledge the previous Country Directors (Drs. Graham Ogle & Helen Ogle, Mr. Luke Keria, Ms. Jessica Lesly, Ms. Tessa Temata & Mrs Joan Timothy) who have strategically led HOPE worldwide PNG over the years, Board Members past and current and of course the hard-working staff for your valuable contributions.
On Sep 28, 2018, a 7.4 Richter scale devastated Palu, Central Sulawesi, which induced tsunami as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in Palu and surrounding area. The physical geography of Palu creates a disadvantage as the waves were funneled into the bay without no way out but over-flow inland.
Adding to the problem, the tsunami buoys did not function to gave warnings to the residents. Chaos took place after several waves pounded the coastline from Donggala to Palu, destroyed and damaged 65,733 houses , killing 1,234 people (as of Oct 3, 2018).
The airport of Palu was affected as 20% of the runway was damaged, causing a limitation with remaining 2,000 m runway. The airport was closed and only used for humanitarian efforts organized by the military and government agencies. The commercial flights were canceled.
HOPE worldwide rushed to the site as relief teams from Jakarta, Manado, and Makasar left the next day to reach Palu through almost 1,000 km. Life-saving supplies of food, water, medicine, and emergency shelter were rushed.
Once arrive in Palu, team distribute supplies to communities in need.The residents were restless as reports of lootings took place in several locations in the city. Adding to that, restless residents stormed the airport as hundreds (some reported thousands) flocked the apron on airport. At one point, they cover the runway, disturbing the activities of airplanes landing and taking off.
Residents scrambled to higher ground and needing assistance. The AHA Center reported that 1.5 million people affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and 191,000 people urgently needing assistance. Until the 5th day after the disaster, reports from various villages that they need food and shelters. Electricity was down, as well as clean water is scarce. The gas station ran out of fuels and created rationing and long lines.
The scale of disaster is beyond what the experts expected. The area was shutdown and is unreachable by air. Search and rescue teams struggled to arrive to location, while the government is not yet to open door for international search and rescue teams.
The government on Oct 2 list down main needs of displaced persons. This disaster will take a long journey for recovery. HOPE worldwide is standing by with the people of Central Sulawesi. We are mobilizing supplies and services as we try to save lives.
Please Pray for the efforts on the ground.
Fourteen Homes and Counting...
(The Lasting Impact of HOPE Youth Corps)
On all of our HWW volunteer Corps, we strive to create sustainable programs. We do not want to show up
in a location, do some token service for a week or two, and then disappear without establishing a beneficial
connection with the local work.
We challenged the participants to stay connected with the local HWW program. We all went home, but we
did stay connected! In the last 11 months since the trip, we have collectively raised funds for an additional 9 homes! In addition, the volunteers have contributed so the Center of HOPE could have a kitchen, a toilet, a floor, etc.
We believe in intelligent service that strengthens the local projects. Our volunteers are smart. They want to know they have truly made a difference!
2015 saw us undertake a project to install water tanks at the Bokolma Clinic and at the Gumine Church of Christ. Trips by HOPE worldwide Australia and PNG staff and volunteers were made during June and October 2015 in support of this trip. Due to quickly changing circumstances, we had to leave the site and were not able to document the completion of the project, but we now have good news to share!
Water is available at both the clinic and ad the church. It is making a significant difference in the lives of many people in the community.
You can visit the HOPE worldwide PNG web site for more details about how this project is making a difference in the community at http://hopewwpng.org/2016/04/13/gumine-water-project-2015/.
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