Beirut Explosion Tragedy
On Tuesday, August 4, around 6 p.m. local time, the city of Beirut, Lebanon, was rocked by an explosion that destroyed nearly every building within 1.5 miles. The death toll is over 100, with 5000+ people sustaining injuries.
It is estimated that the destruction has left around 300,000 people homeless. In the words of one local pastor, “I do not know whether to be sad or angry or thankful or scared. Sad about my broken Beirut and its people, angry over a terribly corrupt government and people in power, thankful for God’s unfailing protection and mercy, and scared of a future that is now, more than ever, unknown for the Lebanese people.”
Alongside our global workers and national partners in the area, we will help provide essential needs such as: food, clothing and temporary shelter for families. After the most essential needs are met, we want to bless our brothers and sisters in Christ with resources to rebuild their places of worship.
Please give generously to a people group that is in desperate need. We have a goal of $250,000.
On November 26, 2019, Albania was hit by a devastating earthquake of 6.4 magnitude with its epicenter in the Adriatic sea near the city of Durres. The earthquake was felt hundreds of miles away and a series of aftershocks has continued to damage property and terrorize the residents.
The local news reported there are 51 people dead, over 2000 injured, and that countless people have become homeless. In Durres alone there are more than 700 buildings seriously damaged, including 90 apartment buildings which can no longer be inhabited. In addition, there are hundreds of other damaged buildings in Tirana, Lac, Lezha, Kruja and other cities. There have been more than 1300 aftershocks so far, ranging from 1.2 - 4.5 magnitude, which have only made the crisis more unbearable for those caught in it.
Since the earthquake, we have been in contact with the Assemblies of God church in Durres and have been speaking with pastor Gezimi Spahija about how we can serve in this crisis. The pastor himself had severe damage to his apartment and one of the church facilities had been completely destroyed. Several members of the church had their homes completely decimated by the earthquake as well
Our goal is to raise $50,000 in relief aid. The aid will be used to help approximately 30 families repair their homes and apartments and rebuild the church facility.