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Myanmar Lutherans are travelling hundreds of kilometres with emergency supplies to alleviate the impact of severe flooding, which has devastated central and southern regions of the country.
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Myanmar, the oldest Lutheran synod in the country and located in the capital Yangon, are providing blankets, clean water and rice to some of the thousands of people who have been rendered homeless by the flooding.
‘People had to run away from their homes to higher ground and sanctuary for their own survival, leaving all their belongings. The living situation is so severe that all sources of water are contaminated with seawater and there is no food’, says Luke Andrew, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Myanmar involved in providing the relief.
‘Despite the differences in belief, race and ethnicity, people come together to help those in need. I am inspired to see that someone would open their door to let strangers come in and eat the food off their table’.
Pastor Matt Anker, LCA Assistant to the Bishop – International Mission, urges: ‘I encourage members of the Lutheran Church of Australia [LCA] and New Zealand to pray for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar as they reach out with love and practical care to their suffering neighbours. Please pray that they might have opportunities to share the gospel in their words, as well as in their actions.’
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Myanmar is a partner church of the LCA. LCA International Mission is seeking urgent prayer and financial support from LCA/NZ members to help our neighbours in desperate need. LCA International Mission has sent $5000 from its disaster relief budget, but Pastor Anker says ‘more is probably going to be needed’.
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