Rebuilding lives and restoring communities after natural and man-made disasters
Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods often strike without warning—and the needs that follow are immense. AMG International’s disaster relief ministry stands ready to provide desperately needed assistance in these situations. In many parts of the world, we already have ministry contacts in place with access to those who need help. By giving to the Disaster Relief Fund, you are enabling us to provide life-saving and time-sensitive assistance such as food, water, medicine, shelter and other necessities immediately following natural disasters.
AMG International often engages in the second stage of relief efforts so we can offer more of a long-term community solution. After hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis wreak their havoc, we rebuild houses and relocate people. We work toward long-term engagement with the affected community and strive to see the local church grow in the process. We partner with local leaders, offer trauma counseling and provide needed financial resources. Community members provide the labor and we purchase materials in close proximity to the disaster areas, which aids the local economy.
In the Philippines, for example, we assisted in rebuilding homes street after street after a natural disaster, and we saw God move in the community. New churches were planted, and self-sustaining businesses were created – both of which helped the village rebound from the tragedy. AMG International has done the same thing in Guatemala, India and Indonesia.
AMG International has also stepped in to offer much-needed assistance following man-made disasters, such as the war in the Middle East that resulted in massive waves of Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees entering Greece. We have been helping and continue to actively help those who have been displaced while expressing the love of Christ in a difficult situation – and we are seeing much fruit from those efforts.
In late 2016 and 2017, Peru was hit with a chain of heavy rainfall, floods and landslides that impacted thousands of households and livelihoods. In March 2017, a well-traveled bridge collapsed when the river underneath overflowed. Its destruction isolated the nearby town for several days as the floodwaters washed out sections of surrounding roads. This affected more than 1 million residents and one of AMG International’s child and youth development centers. Many people lost access to clean drinking water, and grocery prices rose due to the inaccessibility of deliveries to the area.
AMG International and its donors responded by providing groceries and financial assistance to the families of the child and youth development center, enabling them to buy water and food. New Testaments were distributed so families could receive spiritual, as well as physical, nourishment. More than a year later, many homes have been restored and roads have been rebuilt.
Juana Trujillo Herrera, a mother of four children—two of whom attend AMG International’s child and youth development center—expresses her appreciation for the help she and her neighbors received from AMG International. She is “thankful to God for moving on the hearts of AMG International’s donors to help us, and for being the channel of blessing to the affected families. It was for them a joyful experience following the difficulties they went through. We know that many AMG supporters were praying for the people of Peru, and God has been merciful to us.”