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Drought in South Africa – Our Response

January 14, 2021

Bob Akroyd (Chairman of the Free Church of Scotland Mission Board)

The Free Church of Scotland has a Disaster Relief Fund to enable it to respond to national and global crises. We work with Mission Partners and Christian Organisations like Tearfund who are dedicated to relieving suffering and distress in the name of Jesus Christ. 

Recently, the Reformed Churches in South Africa alerted us of an ongoing crisis in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa. The worst drought in more than 100 years has been further exacerbated by the COVID Pandemic; the resulting needs are obvious and pressing. 

The remit of this initiative by our mission partners in South Africa is simple and succinct: ‘The assistance is offered to people in need. The only criterion is need.’ 

To bring some support to the Northern Cape, the Free Church has authorised £2,000 from its Disaster Relief Fund to be transferred to the diaconal arm of Reformed Churches in South Africa. We have sent these funds as a tangible expression of our practical and prayerful concern for the people of this region in their time of need. 

The Lord Jesus commends the practical care and concern shown by his people in the parable of the sheep and the goats, 

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Matthew 25:34-36 

The Disaster Relief Fund is regularly topped up by the generous donations of congregations, individuals and mission support organisations like WFM. If you would like to support this fund which is used solely for the care of those in extreme need, please send your donations to Free Church Disaster & Relief Fund.

Please pray for the people of the Northern Cape and for those seeking to offer help in the name of Jesus.