Wednesday, March 2, 2016
We just received the first budget from Missionary Kory Mears. One of his churches was completely destroyed and many homes of the church people. Please read his most current information to us.
“Hello Jan, Thanks for your desire to help us out in this project. As you know, Fiji has been decimated by this cyclone. As much as there needs to be help everywhere, we are focusing our assistance where we think there is the greatest impact as far as salvation of souls and ministry.
The two villages we are helping are Barotu and its sister village of Rokoroko with about 65 households. We have a church there, Barotu Baptist Church, which was completely destroyed in the Cyclone.
Because of Fijian traditions, there has been a lot of opposition to us during the years…. We have already taken two truck loads of food rations to the village. We plan to help them rebuild destroyed homes, clean up from the disaster and help provide food for them. All of their root crops have been destroyed and they will have no form of income for at least 3-6 months.
We have been preaching the gospel here for years. When we showed up with the relief, there were tears, and much thanksgiving. The wall is already coming down. Our sole aim will be preaching of the gospel, that their hearts will have become open and tender as they receive the greatest gift, salvation…. Blessings, Kory Mears”
Kory wrote in a newsletter his first impressions of the area that was once their church and ministry site.
“Yesterday a group of us travelled to the village of Barotu to visit Pastor Nikola and Barotu Baptist Church, a ministry we established 17 years ago. The drive to the village was one of shock after shock. The only way I can describe the scenery was like a nuclear bomb had exploded. The jungle looked like the aftermath of a forest fire with only the broken trunks of trees showing. Village after village had been decimated.”
Kory has put together this budget for use to help those who wish to give.
“We are raising:
$3000 for relief – Food, Water, Kerosene Lamps, Sanitary Needs
$2000 for tools for the building projects.
$5000 – to rebuild the completely destroyed house seen in the letter.
$10000 – to rebuild the church that was destroyed.
Thank you so much for helping us in this relief. Bro. Kory Mears”
We have others who also will need help. This has been a difficult situation for the church and those in the villages. Operation Renewed Hope by faith will start support.
If you wish to give by credit or debit card, please go to www.operationrenewedhope.org and choose “Network for Good.” Please designate the gift “International Relief.”
If you wish to give by check, please send the check to Operation Renewed Hope, P.O. Box 43242, Fayetteville, NC 28309. Please designate the gift “International Relief.”
Operation Renewed Hope
1017 Sage Green Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27610