Ministry Continues Despite Cyclone

Mar 14, 2003 02:44 PM EST

OC International continues missions work in Mozambique despite fatal cyclone. Jim De Vries with OCI says the cyclone, which left 11 dead and thousands homeless last week, hit the country as it was recovering from the 2000 flooding. "We all saw the pictures of the flooding. Churches (were) washed away and pastors' homes were destroyed. That increases the physical need, but the spiritual need is still very real throughout the country. And, there is a need for many new churches, but also need for training leaders and pastors for those churches." Because of that need, DeVries says OCI is responding. "After having ministered in Mozambique for over 10 years, training pastors and leading workshops and seminars for church leaders, this is the first time we have actually a resident team in Mozambique." Funding is needed to help establish an office for the program.

By Pauline J.