Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) churches in Luganville responded generously when Pr Jonathan Moses, SDA Sanma District Ministry Leader (DML), appealed to them to donate household items and clothes, for the Waluebue flash flood victims.
The donated items were transported to the wharf on Friday, to be delivered to Waluebue villagers on the next available ship.
“Our General Secretary at the Vanuatu Mission, Pr Charlie Jimmy, who went to Waluebue last week, informed me that there were 29 households affected,” said Pr Jonathan Moses.
“When we saw the large number of donated items, we decided to pack 29 very large Chinese bags – 1 per family.
“We want each family to feel like a special bag was packed just for them.
“I am thankful for the generosity of my members, and the way they’ve supported our families in Ambae .”
One of the volunteers that helped to repackage, load and unload the donated items, Glen Thompson, shared with Daily Post, “I believe doing voluntary work — giving up a little of your time to help others in need, is a passion which God instills in you.
“If you see a need, don’t ask whether you have a talent to help them. Just do it. God provides as you are willing to give of your time or whatever you have.”
Thompson added, “I believe when these families in Waluebue experienced this tragedy, they would’ve prayed.”
“They probably expected God to answer their prayers through the government, NGOs or their relatives.
“When they receive these parcels unexpectedly from Luganville Church members, they’ll see that God can surprise them with who He uses to answer their prayers.”
“I like being part of God’s unexpected answer! That’s the legacy that God promises to those that give.”
Pr Moses has one last appeal, “Our families will still face the challenge of rebuilding their houses when they are relocated. When that happens, please give generously again for housing materials.”
He reminds those that feel compelled to give, of 2 Corinthians 9:7, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
The SDA Churches in Efate have also prepared donated items and money to be sent to Waluebue.