This is why the theme of CFGB Sunday this year is “Together We Thrive”. We recognize the importance of the many partnerships that allow World Renew to work together to help those affected by natural disasters and conflict thrive for years to come.
Join us in churches across Canada on March 5 to celebrate CFGB Sunday!
In the weeks leading up to CFGB Sunday, we will be featuring four different areas of World Renew programming that highlight the strength of these partnerships:
• Food assistance for a community in Zambia affected by drought
• Training for farmers in rural Nicaragua on improved agriculture techniques
• Cash distributions to Syrian families displaced by conflict in Lebanon
• Nutritional support for mothers and children in Bangladesh
This week, let me introduce you to Brenda Songola, aged 53, who lives in a small community in south-western Zambia called Sikusu. Together with her husband, Brenda takes care of eight children. This family owns three and a half acres of land and is usually able to grow enough to support themselves, but for the last three years their harvests have not been enough. Food has run out months before it should, and this family has been left with few ways to get enough food. Despite their many attempts to supplement their income with casual work, it has been incredibly difficult because everyone in their community is facing the same problem. Debilitating drought has left tens of thousands in south-western Zambia without the basic necessity of food.
World Renew is providing much needed support to 31,500 people, helping families make it through until the next harvest in April. Fortunately, rains have returned to this part of Zambia and it looks like harvests will be successful and families like Brenda’s will again be able to support themselves. However, four months can be a long time for a family already struggling, so World Renew is committed to providing food assistance to bridge this gap.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are,” shared Brenda. “The food came at the right time, or we would have died of hunger. Thanks and praise to God for people in Canada who gave money to help us. It’s not easy to give money for people one has never met.”
For more information about CFGB Sunday, click here or call 1-800-730-3490.