In the midst of this natural disaster, the Church of the Nazarene’s Solomon Islands District, in partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, continues to respond.
Nazarene missionaries George and Nancy Miller report:
- Movement has been difficult due to the fact that two of the main bridges in town were destroyed. The capitol, Honiara, in Guadalcanal Province, was declared a disaster area.
- The Zion Church of the Nazarene Board held a meeting to determine the current needs of two neighboring Nazarene churches (White River Church of the Nazarene and Macedonia Church of the Nazarene). Later that day, the Zion church assisted 16 families from White River with bags of rice, tuna, purified water, noodles, sugar, and tea.
- The Zion church provided similar relief assistance to the Macedonia church located in west Guadalcanal.
- Nazarene Compassionate Ministries responded with US$2,000 to be used in follow-up relief and the provision of clean water to affected churches. Two 1,000 liter water tanks were purchased for the White River and Macedonia churches, along with necessary gutters, tank fittings, and carpentry tools.
- The arrival of the first tank to the White River church attracted a huge crowd as they thought it was from their member of Parliament. Just after the tank was installed, a deluge of rain arrived and in 30 minutes the 1,000 liter tank was filled with fresh, clean water.
- The Zion church delivered a second wave of food relief to the White River church and to the family of a pastor who was seeking shelter in a government care center.
- A second water tank was delivered to Macedonia church along with basic carpentry and gardening tools, in addition to relief food.
- Assistance was given to Pastor Jeremian Akoeasi and his family, who lost most of their clothes and household utensils.
- Volunteers were sent to the Macedonia church to assist in setting the foundation for the church water tank. Further food and water relief was also provided.
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