Converge World Relief responds to Ivory Coast violence

Ivory Coast

The country of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has descended into political, economic and social unrest and war due to disputed elections held November 28, 2010, as well as long-standing ideological and ethnic conflicts. One result of the hatred and violence is that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and have sought refuge with friends, family and in churches and mission stations.

Converge World Relief has established a fund to aid Converge partner churches to care for the physical needs of the thousands that have come to them. On four church compounds in Abidjan, a populous coastal city, 1704 displaced persons are in need—plus an additional 1084 lodged in the homes of church families. Food prices have doubled or tripled.

Relief funds will pay for food, cooking supplies, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, soap for washing and personal hygiene and support for the large water and electric bills. A $5,000 initial disbursement has already been approved.

Converge Worldwide missionaries Steve and Carol Smith will partner with the General Secretary of the Union of Evangelical Churches to administer the fund and give timely reports.

Give NowTo donate to this effort, go to convergeworldwide.org/ivorycoast. Or make your check payable to Converge World Relief and note it is for “Ivory Coast Refugees,” account no. 10684. Mail to Converge World Relief, 2002 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005.