The Moravian Church in South Africa has sent out an appeal to the wider Moravian Unity following a horrific fire at their Mission Station in Wupperthal. Dr. Angelene Swart (former Provincial President) writes the following:
The year ended on a sad note for our church. A fire ravaged through the beautiful Moravian Mission station of Wupperthal. It is along the West Coast amid the Cedar Mountains about 293 kilometers from Cape Town.
The fire broke out on Sunday, December 30th destroying one of the parsonages where the female pastor and family lived, the hostel for school children from neighbouring farms, the hall, shop, butchery, bakery, guesthouses, restaurant and 53 homes—leaving 200 members homeless. Thanks be to God no lives were lost and the church building is still standing. Cause of fire is still being investigated.
We are asking that all members of our Moravian congregations hold the Wupperthal community in their prayers at this time as families determine what these losses will mean to their daily lives and livelihoods. As with all of these types of disasters, we are pleading for financial support of our Moravian Disaster Response program.
The Mission Station at Wupperthal was founded by German settlers of the Rhenish Missionary Society in 1830 and the Moravian Church took up the mission in 1965.
The Board of World Mission will be sending emergency financial assistance to the Moravian Church in South Africa to help with recovery efforts. You can help to support this and all Moravian disaster relief efforts by sending your donations marked for “MDR” to: Board of World Mission, 1021 Center Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Those living in Canada may send donations to: Moravian Church in Canada, 600 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0B8. You may also make donations on-line at http://moravianmission.org/give/ and click on the green “Donate Now” link at the top of the page (this on-line option is not tax deductible for Canadians). Your support changes lives.