Other Mission News
december 6th, 2018
The IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance) World Health organization has identified sub-Saharan Africa as one of the most dangerous places for pregnant women to give birth. Over 300,000 women die during childbirth each year, mainly from preventable conditions. Newborns and young children are also extremely vulnerable. More than 1.5 million children die each year from preventable diseases.
To help combat this crisis, the IMA is leading an international initiative to build hundreds of medical clinics with maternity wards across the D.R. Congo. The financial commitment made by the IMA World Health to establish these clinics has been met. However, FAIR has been given access to their building plans and valuable logistical support in order to build a clinic in the Congolese village of Tonu, located 800 kilometers from Kinshasa. The present clinic operates without power or running water, and the birthing facility is a small mud hut with old, well used, and very outdated equipment.
The Fellowship’s connection to Tonu goes back many decades when congregations that are now member churches sent missionaries to the Congo to evangelize and plant churches. As part of the missionaries’ efforts, the medical clinic and mission station at Tonu was established. Though the original missionaries left due to conflict in the 1960s, Tonu continues to this day as a Congolese-run regional center that reaches out to many villages in the area. Fellowship International missionaries Richard and Brenda Flemming have been engaged in missions training for Congolese pastors in Tonu for several years. Their contact with descendants of the original missionaries who pioneered the work at this centre highlighted the need at the clinic.
In June of 2019, FAIR is hoping to send a small Canadian work team to Tonu to work alongside a Congolese team to build the birthing center, to furnish it, and to provide a solar panel, incinerator, outdoor kitchen, and washrooms.
You can help. The project goal for the birthing center is $120,000. Please read the attached information, visit the website, watch the video, and consider how you can have an impact that will result in safer deliveries and saved lives. Consider making Labour’s Refuge a priority in your giving plan as you give thanks in October and enjoy time with family and meditate on the gift of the Christ child as 2018 draws to a close.
In His name,
On September 28, 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, followed by a six meter high tsunami struck Sulawesi Island, Indonesia. The death toll has surpassed 1,400 as the search continues for survivors. More than 2,500 have been injured. This has been the deadliest earthquake in the world thus far this year, and the worst to hit Indonesia since 2006. Most of the confirmed deaths are in the city of Palu, 1,500 kilometres northeast of Jakarta. The city is located at the end of a narrow bay which caused the force of the tsunami to be especially intense as it came ashore. The death toll could be even greater than expected as Palu was preparing for a beach festival when the catastrophic event took place. Tourists, and festival participants not normally in the area, were on the beach at the time. Hotels, hospitals, and malls collapsed and it is estimated that more than a thousand homes were destroyed in Palu alone. Roads are often impassable and communications are down making access to the area difficult.
Five days after the earthquake and tsunami, and probably triggered by the quake, Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi erupted. Planes have been warned away from the area because of the ash clouds, including those involved in relief efforts. This has further hampered the ability of government and relief agencies to get help to the area.
For Fellowship Baptists this region of Indonesia is significant in another way. Fellowship International missionaries, Edwin and Helmi Karwur, have been engaged in ministry in Sulawesi for several years, working along with students from the seminary in Manado where Edwin teaches. The church association of which the seminary is a part has three pastors in the affected area. All have reported themselves, and their churches, as safe, but there is a lack of food, clean water, and security in the area. There are others, however, connected with the seminary and with the Karwurs, who were in hospitals and hotels that collapsed and who have not yet been heard from. For these we solicit your prayers.
Students and staff at the seminary are already raising funds to help and a relief plan is being developed. After immediate relief has been delivered, rebuilding will take time. FAIR, through the engagement of our churches across Canada, is committed to assist with the efforts to come alongside those effected by this disaster. Edwin and Helmi Karwur will supervise the implementation of the relief plan and the distribution of funds through the seminary.
If you can help, please go to the website at >
Thank you from FAIR.
Sincerely in Christ,