It's the largest fire known to us in the history of the Western Cape. 1500 shack homes burned down two nights ago in Masiphumelele, and 5000 people are now homeless. We are sheltering people at Africa House (our church offices and training center). All Nations has been involved from the earliest moments the fire started - one of our leaders suffered smoke inhalation trying to rescue people.
It is devastating. Most disturbing has been the political chaos and conflicts; elections are coming up in a few days time.
Would you please help us respond? Please send even a small donation to the All Nations Crisis Relief Fund (see bank info below). We established the fund three years ago to help in disasters, provide crisis relief, and serve the poor we are partnering with in our work. Every cent goes to helping the poor in crisis situations.
This fire effected 8 "Vulnerable Children" families - child headed households. They lost everything in the fire. There were many more house church members and friends that have lost their homes. We are focusing on assisting about 40 families that we know personally. Everything was lost for them: clothes, life savings (hidden away in secret places in the shacks - many can't open bank accounts), fridges, beds, blankets - people ran from the inferno with only the clothes on their back, like Joseph and his family of 8. Joseph takes care of maintenance at Africa House. He even lost all of his savings of about R2500 ($350), which is like small fortune for he and his family.
We can send you a specific list of people and their needs if you would like to pray for them or give to specific families.
Floyd and Sally McClung
In South Africa send a bank transfer to:
All Nations Crisis Relief Fund (Please mark "Crisis Relief Fund" in the reference line)
Standard Bank - Fish Hoek Branch
Branch Code #03600980
Swift code - SBZA ZA JJ (for international transfers)
In the United States send your checks to:
All Nations Crisis Relief Fund - Cape Town
c/o Walsh and Washburn
Attn: Terri Yost
5360 College Boulevard, Suite 100
Overland Park Kansas 66211
Please attach a note saying it is for the Crisis Relief Fund in Cape Town