Adventist Church helps 1,000 people with COVID in Mozambique - September 11, 2021

As Mozambique mourns hundreds of recent deaths from COVID-19, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), is helping 1,000 of the country's most vulnerable families protect themselves against the virus and maintain their livelihoods despite pandemic disruptions. According to the World Health Organization, Mozambique has experienced its worst spike in coronavirus cases and deaths this summer. To respond to the crisis, ADRA will distribute hygiene kits containing masks, hand sanitizers, and liquid soap to vulnerable families and individuals in the southern part of the country.

The Health and Wellness Department of Koiari Park English Church on the Pacific Adventist University campus has been actively driving the health message to its church membership and the surrounding community. A recent week of health emphasis featured lectures presented by Adventist medical doctor Robert Jones and several other wellness activities such as medical checks for vendors and customers at the famous PAU Sunday Market. The team of around sixty people, formed by nurses, health counselors, a medical doctor, and other volunteers, spent an entire day at the village, where people had their blood sugar levels and blood pressure tested for possible signs of hypertension and diabetes.

In the Wenang District of Manado, Indonesia, the Seventh-day Adventist Church is starting a new "Drop and Grab initiative." Adventist church in Wenang is located near a public transportation hub where people come and go. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused people in the community to lose their jobs and the ability to have a decent meal every day. Wenang church members aim to minister to this community by providing free lunch packs every Friday. Members visit the church to "drop" food items they want to share, and the church makes these food items available for "grabs" to the public.

On the island of Anguilla, Seventh-day Adventist leaders and church members took part in a recent groundbreaking ceremony that will see a larger, more modern, and inclusive worship center. This new building will replace the oldest church structure on the island. The Long Bay church was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, scattering dozens of members to worship in different, smaller locations. Members are eager to move into the construction phase of the new facility, says Lester Jules, pastor of the 77-member Long Bay congregation. With pledges, church members expect the church building to be completed by 2025.

In the interior of Acre, colporteur Juneisson Mota dedicates his life to bringing the light of the gospel to isolated communities through the ministry of the printed page. This is a story where love for God, people, and mission transforms realities. The South America Division sent this report.

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