Welfare 2016-2017

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are
to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one
another.”

In 2016 there was widespread famine across East Africa, for which a Day of Prayer was offered in October 2016. The effects of that famine were still being supported by the Welfare fund until June 2017. Thanks to the generosity of the Brotherhood and the Grace of Our Heavenly Father, we were able to meet all requests for food aid. The lack of food was one of the predominant themes of the year, famines were followed by the rains, thanks to God, but in Kenya the rains resulted in flooding.
Crops and harvests were destroyed, homes and infrastructure were washed away. CBM worked with other Christadelphian charities in meeting the resulting challenges.

In November we heard of more famines in Mozambique. A considerable amount of money was sent to ease the burden Brothers, Sisters and Sunday School children were facing. Food has also been difficult for those in Refugee camps. The authorities running these camps have reduced the amount of food given out, for their own reasons. Not wanting our members to suffer, but equally not wanting to make political statements, we have helped out the best we can. We have also assisted in relocating some back to their homeland after staying as refugees.

In Sierra Leone there was a mudslide natural disaster. Some members were affected and supported. There were other events that had significant impacts on believers; house fires, shootings, religious persecution, false imprisonment and violence. Most of us have never experienced such things, and hopefully never will.

Welfare Fund still deals mainly with medical problems, the same infirmities faced by all. There have been changes though, with more help for Mental Health conditions being sought. The sophistication of medical instruments is also noticeable in Africa, with payments for CT scans being used in diagnosis.

CBM also works with CIL in funding the fellowship of those who would struggle to meet other members. This has been in the form of attending Bible Schools, travelling between countries to attend meetings, or funding transport in remote rural areas where the members and the country struggle financially.

We have been well blessed with funding this year, meeting all the real needs where requests are received. CBM would like to thank all those who help with their donations, their prayers and their time in doing this pastoral work. We would especially like to thank Our Heavenly Father for the fellowship we share and the Love He shows in answering prayer.

Marc Bilton

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