Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
responding to the Horn and East Africa drought
Over the last year, unprecedented ‘consecutive rainfall failure’ and much warmer than usual temperatures in northern Kenya have depleted rangeland and water resources, and increased internal livestock movement in search of pastures and water. With 98 percent of open water sources depleted, watering distances (the distance that households and livestock must travel to reach water) are well above average. Emergency-level food security crises are expected to persist given constrained household income and increased depletion of livelihood assets.
the impact of healthcare on women and their communities
Recently, Executive Director Rev. Vy Nguyen, along with Week of Compassion supporter Bruce McCoy, joined ecumenical partners Lutheran Disaster Response for a week in South Sudan, seeing first-hand the ways women’s health care, community engagement, and intentional support can uplift and sustain whole communities. These travelogues and photos offer powerful insights from a remarkable visit, highlighting the life-saving programs of Week of Compassion partners serving vulnerable communities.
highlights from the World Council of Churches Central Committee, June 2022
“Joyful to share the work of the church with these Disciples leaders as part of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches.” With one sentence and a photo from the General Minister and President, the whole Disciples church came into the room in Geneva, Switzerland, joining global ecumenical partners for a week-long conversation and discernment about the church’s direction and faithful witness in turbulent times.
Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands--
O prosper the work of our hands! ~Psalm 90:16-17
In South Sudan, a major protracted humanitarian crisis is unfolding, with nearly 70% of the population in need of urgent assistance. Tens of thousands of people are living in famine-like conditions and malnutrition is at critical levels, while more than 7 million are food insecure.
In the dark winter months, Advent is a season of hope. As people of faith, we seek light and life in that darkness, trusting that God is giving shape to new life even when we can’t yet see it. We are also called to actively embody that hope. As the Church, we offer hope to others who are living through dark times. The work that you support through Week of Compassion reflects the hope, peace, joy and love of this season in tangible ways. Here are just a few of the places that hope travels through some of our recent responses.
The Lake Chad Basin area-- which includes parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon-- is facing one of the most severe humanitarian crises of our time. Already impoverished, the region has been struggling under the negative impact that shifting climate has on living conditions and livelihoods. In addition to the environmental factors that make life challenging, escalating violence in the area has reached a tipping point. To date, at least 2.5 million people in the region have been displaced because of protracted conflict.
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