“Here come the angels”

The sandbag water barrier Rapid Response teams constructed help protect these homes in Gatineau, Quebec, from the flood waters.

Because of an unusual number of floods this spring, Rapid Response teams have been exceptionally busy assisting with cleanup in three provinces: Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

In Prince Edward County, Ontario, Rapid Response members reached out to homeowners by building sandbag berms to protect their houses from advancing floodwaters. They also worked alongside community members at the Municipal Buildings in Ameliasburgh, Ontario, filling thousands of sandbags for at-risk residents to pick up for use on their properties.

Gatineau, Quebec

Kelowna, British Columbia, evacuated 400 people as lakes to the north of town rose to dangerous levels. Many homes in town experienced flooding. Rapid Response Services Unit #3, based in Stirling, Alberta, responded to this urgent need and assisted with removing wet carpets, drywall, and more. They were also busy protecting homes with sandbag walls. Local residents were grateful for the prompt arrival of the team. “Here come the angels,” declared one happy woman.

Rapid Response Service opportunities expose our teams to many people. In one community, our volunteers worked alongside more than 100 people. As the rain stops and floodwaters recede, Rapid Response teams will continue to offer assistance and support to homeowners who have experienced damage to their houses.

Pray that distressed people will not only receive physical help after natural disaster, but more importantly, that they could experience the hope of the Gospel through the Christian witness of God's people.


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What Recipients are Saying

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CAM provides Bible correspondence courses to several thousand recipients in Romania, Liberia, and Sierra Leone through the Sponsor-A-Bible-Lesson program. Only eternity will reveal the full impact of these courses, but responses from recipients give us a glimpse at some of the effects. Here are a few responses from Romania.

“I really enjoyed the course A Faith Worth Dying For . . . this course awakened in my heart a sense that I must think more seriously about my salvation so that I do not lose it.”
-Svetlana

“I want to completely change my way of life, be part of a Christian church, and live my life like a real Christian. May God help me!”
-Laura

“For nearly four years I’ve been passing through a great trial, which of course is known by God. I’ve had times of great discouragement, but going through these courses has given me a fresh perspective on things in the light of God’s Word.”
-Anca


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Abandoned. Lonely. Forgotten.

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Yarkpowolo in Liberia has a disease in his feet and can’t walk far. A neighbor man carried Yarkpowolo on his back to the CAM distribution site.

Frederick, an elderly man in Liberia, spends every day in bed, completely dependent on the mercy of others to survive. His wife abandoned him, and no other family members help care for him. Some people cook his food and provide a little care, but the help is minimal. Frederick has a wheelchair, but no one wants to lift him out of his bed into it. He had found a young man willing to care for him, only to discover the young man was stealing from him.

Forty years ago, life looked promising for Frederick. He had spent some time in Germany and then returned to Liberia and found a job—something many Liberians only dream of. But then a car accident changed his life. His spinal cord was severely damaged and most of his body was left paralyzed.

Frederick has faced unimaginable hardships throughout his life. During Liberia’s civil war in the late 1990s, he was left to himself for a time and nearly died. The people who found him thought he was dead and were ready to bury him. But when they touched him, they discovered he was still alive.

Frederick is one of 1,600 elderly people who receive a Help-for-the-Elderly food parcel each month. While the parcel, along with a little cash, doesn’t solve all his problems, this reliable source of food and income eliminates at least one worry for him. “It helps a lot,” he says. “I am thankful to God. God bless all those who make this possible!” Frederick also finds encouragement in the Seed of Truth magazine or other Christian literature that comes with the parcel.

Recently some of our staff visited Frederick. As they were leaving, knowing that Frederick spoke some German, one of them said, “Gott ist de liebe” (God is love).
Frederick, without a hint of bitterness for his difficult circumstances, replied, “Yes, to me, God is enough.”

In Liberia, Kenya, Romania, India, the Middle East, and other impoverished parts of the world, elderly people are some of the most vulnerable people CAM encounters. Some have been abandoned by their families and left to die. Sometimes family members care about them but don’t have enough food to feed their own children. They are forced to choose who to help—their children or their parents.

“Many elderly folks are just barely surviving because they cannot work at all anymore,” says Luke Kurtz, CAM’s Kenya field director. “They would not be able to survive were it not for CAM’s support along with the little they receive from family and friends.”

Lonely, elderly people enjoy the visits from CAM workers when they deliver the food parcels. “Recipients that are feeble, lonely, and without many financial resources treasure the food and fellowship the parcels bring,” reports Ellis Schrock, distribution director in Romania.


Because of the many needs, Help-for-the-Elderly food parcels are in very high demand. As funding becomes available, we would like to expand this program to help more suffering, elderly people. If you would like to help, you may donate using the link below.




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