Responding To The Earthquake In Italy

Responding to the Earthquake in Italy

Two days ago, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Rome, Italy. Over 260 individuals have been confirmed dead from the quake, and over 5,000 rescuers are searching for the estimated hundreds still trapped in the rubble. Relief efforts have been difficult as over 900 aftershocks have continued to devastate the mountainous area, making the search for survivors even more perilous. Thanks to our network of partners across the globe, Convoy of Hope Europe stands ready to respond to the crisis by utilizing contacts in cities like Rome, Milan, and L’Aquila. The earthquake zone is currently open only to those sent by the government. However, our partners are in the area looking for ways to provide assistance. To contribute to…

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No Longer A Place Of Despair

No Longer a Place of Despair

The daily schedule simply said, “Home visitations and food parcel distribution.” Nothing could have fully prepared the team from Marlton, New Jersey for what they encountered. While it was an emotional couple of days visiting the neediest families, it was clear that God had directed their steps, and an extra deposit of God’s love flowed through this team as they delivered food parcels, gift bags, and hope wrapped in prayers! One woman stood at the gate, with tears streaming down her face and her 4-year-old clinging to her leg. Two other children were running around in the yard. She had just finished cooking the last bit of rice for her children didn’t know how she would feed her children until…

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A Difference In Darabani

A Difference in Darabani

It was the most important building in Darabani, Romania. Lonel, a local man and leader from the church, shared his memories from a time 25 years earlier under Communist rule. This building housed the only grocery store. Many fights would break out as people struggled to get a ticket for bread, eggs, and milk. They would wait in line for hours, and even with a ticket, there was no guarantee the store wouldn’t run out before they made it the front. Crowds would yell and push as hopelessness descended further into despair. Fathers and mothers would be turned away and have to return home to hungry children. The afternoon did not end with that story of despair, but instead, added…

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Update On Northern Ireland

Update on Northern Ireland

In Derry, Northern Ireland, Brian Somerville and Cornerstone City Church dreamed big and purchased a 40,000 square foot abandoned building, believing that one day it would house their church. After numerous challenges, they were finally able to sign the paperwork and received the keys in June of 2014. Convoy of Hope Europe has partnered with Cornerstone City Church for years through their annual community outreach program, and also wanted to commit to assisting Cornerstone into their new building. Bringing five construction teams from four American churches over the course of the past two years, much of the renovation work has been finished. The church offices are open, and two large spaces have been finished to a point where they are…

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Walking Jesus

Walking Jesus

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) has been responding to the plight of refugees since 2013, when we started a feeding program for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Since then, the program provides 150 families with monthly food parcels as they await UNHCR processing and placement. In the last three years, an estimated 6,000 people have come through the program’s two locations in Irbid and East Amman. One of those refugees is a Muslim woman named Celia. Celia was eight months pregnant with her third child when her house was bombed and her other two children were killed. Her husband disappeared that night, and she has no idea if he was killed or injured.  Heavily pregnant, she didn’t know what to do.…

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