If a tree falls…

and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound? The answer is yes…we just have to listen a bit closer from farther away.

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“War, Tornado , hunger…who will advocate for the people of Mitwaba?? I saw big trees along the main raod fallen on the road!! the mud houses went with the tornado!! The general Church, the North Katanga erea, different agencies…Maybe if Mitwaba was a touristic city, a well known ….a quick response could be possible!!!”

In Mitwaba DRC, a tornado struck on Nov 19 and people have been suffering there without any outside assistance. United Methodist District Superintendent Rev. Joseph Mulongo manages Friendly Planet Missiology and is crying out as loudly as he can for help.

Mulongo reports, “I am in Mulongo after two days in the Mitwaba erea. AS I posted, the entrance of Mitwaba, we noticed the damage caused by the storm, more than twenty houses were down completely and hundred without the grass roofing. I could not get any picture for Mitwaba without being allowed as it remain a conflict zone. The damage in Mulongo is great. Mulongo is surrounded by the lake on one side and crossed by the Congo river on the other. On Tuesday, November 19 a storm coming from the lake (South to the North) hit strongly the East of the Village. taking away houses and trees on its way. Four UMC elementary schools have been completely destroyed and the children are studying in the churches. Hundreds of families are with out home. We are in the rainy season and this kind of storm never happen during this period. 6 person were injured when the house fell down.”

Mulongo is collecting more information through his FrontlineSMS messaging system, and will provide ongoing updates on Facebook.

I just pledged my birthday money $100, which isn’t much, but what if someone else out there joins me? Friend Joseph on Facebook. Read about Friendly Planet…learn what is going on and listen.
A tree has fallen. We need to listen. We need to help. Give through Friendly Planet Missiology.
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About N. Neelley Hicks

A pioneer in the use of ICTs for global communications, Neelley inspires others through building and teaching solutions that are affordable, appropriate and available within remote settings - particularly in Africa and the Philippines.
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