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Convoy of Hope
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Convoy of Hope
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The Convoy of Hope supporting Libya and Morocco through God's love

by Donna Birrell

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based humanitarian organisation, is working with local churches to provide hope to stricken communities in Libya and Morocco.

A week ago, an earthquake struck Morocco's High Atlas Mountains, destroying villages and buildings. At least 2,900 people were killed, with many thousands still missing. 

A few days later, storms caused two dams to burst in Libya, flooding the city of Derna – and killing more than 11-thousand people – with ten-thousand still missing.

Emma Aylett, who is a director at Convoy of Hope, has been speaking to Premier about their mission in Morocco.

"Convoy has had the privilege of working in Morocco for a number of years. We are all about championing the local church, putting faith in action, and being practical help and providing hope. So, when this tragedy hit a week ago, it was devastating. It's just horrendous. 

"However, being able to be there on the ground and be able to distribute much needed relief supplies immediately has been such an incredible opportunity for us to bring hope and to bring help in the midst of incredible tragedy."

Convoy of Hope is helping to provide water, food and shelter for people whose homes are now just rubble.

"Morocco is a difficult place to be a Christian but although local churches are small in number, they are leading the charge. So many volunteers are also coming alongside. Our team is working hard to source supplies and allow the community to take it to where it's needed. One of the worst hit areas was in the mountains, but the roads are just being cleared. So, our team has been able to get through to deliver some of those much-needed supplies. We have over a thousand food kits that have been distributed this way as of today.

"When you're in the midst of tragedy, people don't care what you say, it's about coming alongside. It's the help when you have no reason to give it, it's the practical help for people who have lost everything. When you're faced with a tragedy, you don't even know how to think. It's like 'Where's my family? I don't have anywhere to sleep.' So someone being able to think for you and provide something that's at no cost, with no expectation and no strings attached, I think is the biggest opportunity to show practical love in exactly the way Jesus called us to love people, provide their needs, do the practical stuff, so that they will know that they have value, that they are loved by people that have never even met them."

Convoy of Hope is also providing much-needed emergency supplies, including hygiene kits and nappies, to Libya.

Aylett continued: "It's devastating, but we're thankful to have a team on the ground, very close. Please pray for people who have lost everything and have no idea what tomorrow looks like. Please pray too for our teams that we can just provide that tangible experience of love and care and encouragement that today is tough, but we're here for the long haul. A convoy doesn't leave until we're not needed anymore."

You can find out more about Convoy of Hope here.



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