Nearly 500 people have been killed as bodies continue to be recovered from the mud, with nearly 600 people reported missing (Al Jazeera News). CNN estimates that over 20,000 people are now displaced from their homes.
With very little warning, families felt the ground and floor begin to crumble beneath them as entire shanty-villages were engulfed by the rush of mud, water, and debris.
This tragedy is still unfolding as you read, with mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and siblings still finding out which family members have been lost in the disaster. You can make hope possible for families affected by donating at the following link: Make Hope Possible. Please be sure to select "Disaster Response" as your designation at the bottom of the form.
Many of us have felt emotionally that "the bottom is falling out" beneath us. But few of us have literally felt the physical bottom falling out during a catastrophic event, like a landslide.
IDES' mission partner in Sierra Leone reported the following:
"Our national director has his house in this community and he thanks God that even though the mud water came into his house and destroyed many things, his family is safe. However, about 500 yards past his house is a chokepoint in the waterway where they [already] have pulled 30 bodies from mud – the pastor is ministering to the community."
We are confident that you will show up with love and generosity in response to this urgent need. Time after time, you have faithfully made hope possible in the name of Jesus for countless families in crisis around the world.
This is heartbreaking, but you can make a difference. We believe that together, we can bless not just the 30 families in our partner's community, but above and beyond this number in the surrounding communities. You can make hope possible.
If you are interested in donating, please click the button below to be taken to our online donation form, and select "Disaster Response" as the designation in the box near the bottom of the form. Thank you for your love, support, and generosity. Please pray for the families in Sierra Leone who have been affected by the landslide.