CMS Ireland Calls on Churches to Respond to DR Congo Crisis...

Posted by Colin Corbridge on Thu, 06 Nov 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

As violent clashes continue in DR Congo – despite attempts to enforce a ceasefire – CMS Ireland is calling on the church in Ireland to act.

Within a week of the conflict beginning CMS Ireland had committed £3000 to assist its partners in Bukavu diocese and is now urging the church in Ireland to get behind the relief effort.

“The current situation in eastern DR Congo is dire,” claims Alan Dunn, a Belfast-based volunteer coordinating the Society’s work in the region.

"Hundreds of people have already been killed as rebel forces clash with government troops and thousands of others have been forced to flee their homes in order to escape the fighting. The £3000 that we have already sent is being used to help refugees in and around the provincial town of Goma get access to food, shelter and clothing. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will respond, as fully as possible, to the specific requests of our partners.”

"In the face of such a humanitarian crisis we recognise that our contribution is, in many ways, a drop in the ocean. But because we are working through partnerships that have been in place for more than 20 years we also know that that drop will go a long way.”

“In recent years we have worked with our partners to support ongoing development work as well as emergency relief efforts following a series of natural disasters. In addition we have a track record of effectively supporting humanitarian relief amongst refugees in the east of the country.”

“By working through local church structures we can be confident that the money will get directly to where it is most needed, quickly."

CMS Ireland Director of Mission, Ian Smith, added, “We need the church in Ireland to stand shoulder to shoulder with the church in DR Congo – opposing violence and injustice and helping to make simple practical differences to some of world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. We would urge Christians here to commit to pray for the situation and to join with us in practical support.”

Please Pray for:

- An end to the current violence
- The many refugees who have been forced to flee their homes in order to escape the fighting
- CMS Ireland’s partners in Bukavu, Kindu and North Kivu as they try to respond with compassion to the needs of those affected by the conflict
- Wisdom for politicians and leaders as they seek resolution – especially for the outcomes of the peace summit in Nairobi
- Guidance for CMS Ireland staff as the Society looks to support the work of our partners on the ground

To make a one-off donation in support of the relief effort please click here.

Or click here to learn more about CMS Ireland’s ongoing work in DR Congo.