United Methodist Church Constructs Home for Tropical Cyclone Victims

Vivian Chigweshe crying as she receives the news about receiving a new home. Source: UM News

More than two years after Tropical Cyclone Idai struck the Southeast coast of Africa, many residents in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi are still struggling to put their lives back together.

One of the worst cyclones on record to affect the Southern Hemisphere, Idai displaced more 100,000 residents and left a death toll of approximately 1,300. Though the damage was great, thanks to the United Methodist Church, four families in the communities of Bikita and Chirorwe in are receiving new homes.

The project was funded through a $50,000 grant from the Baltimore-Washington Conference to help cover construction costs. In response to the church’s engagement in the community, some local congregations like Bikita UMC have experienced growth. According to Rev. Jacob Mushukuto, pastor of Bikita United Methodist Church, three new members “joined after seeing the goodness of the hand of the Lord in the community.”

One recipient of a grant funded home, Vivian Chigweshe, said, “I am just very thankful and blessed. A lot of great people got together and made this happen.”

“Our ability to respond to this natural disaster is full testimony to the strength of our United Methodist connection and the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Morgan Jeranyama, Community Development Consultant with UMC 

Another recipient, Irene Dhlakama, 90, described the generosity of the church as the “angels of God have descended to my life.”

Source: UM News