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URGENT: Greenhouse Appeal for North Korea Flood Relief

From August 29–31, three days of torrential rains and impact from Typhoon Lionrock caused floodwaters to suddenly rise inundating houses, causing landslides, and wiping away entire villages in multiple counties in the two most northeastern provinces of the DPRK. One hundred and thirty-eight deaths were reported and another 400 are missing (presumed dead). Nearly 70,000 people have lost their homes and all their belongings due to the flooding. Crops, days away from harvesting, were destroyed or heavily damaged in the fields, and railroads, bridges, and roads have been heavily damaged. Over 600,000 who live in the area are affected. Now relief/rebuilding efforts are in a race against time as October fast approaches, bringing with it snow and temperatures that regularly drop to -25C and below. The United Nations and other international agencies have been able to visit the region and have confirmed the significance of the damage and the urgency of the situation for those living there.

CFK responded quickly during our recent visit by releasing pre-positioned stocks of emergency relief goods including hygiene kits, water filters/buckets, food, blankets, and other materials that were in our warehouse in Pyongyang. These goods were to be delivered by local colleagues during the week of September 21st. We expect to confirm the distribution of these goods during a special flood-relief visit planned for late October.

Local children. Over 100,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by the floods, including many children. [Photograph]. UNICEF. https://blogs.unicef.org/east-asia-pacific/unicef-supporting-children-affected-floods-dpr-korea/. Sahin, Murat (Photographer). (2016). Used with permission.

Local children. Over 100,000 people are estimated to have been displaced by the floods, including many children. [Photograph]. UNICEF. https://blogs.unicef.org/east-asia-pacific/unicef-supporting-children-affected-floods-dpr-korea/.
Sahin, Murat (Photographer). (2016). Used with permission.

In the meantime, however, we are launching an emergency appeal to send long-term help for recovery to flood affected hepatitis and TB facilities. In the late 1990’s, CFK introduced small vinyl greenhouses to the DPRK. They are in use at all of our supported care centers, producing on average 1-3 tons of food every year – including long before and after, when crops can be grown in outdoor fields. We are urgently seeking funding to send at least two greenhouses to each TB and hepatitis care center in flood-affected areas. These greenhouses can be set up in 1-2 days, and can provide basic shelter immediately, and then transition in late fall/early spring to grow vitamin-rich crops such as spinach, crown daisy, lettuce, and cabbage. For people who have just lost the main summer harvest due to flooding, along with their small animals, household goods, kitchen gardens, winter fuel supply, clothing, and homes, greenhouse production can help to supply sustainable nutrition and bring hope to a very difficult situation.

We have just received an emergency $20,000 gift towards this effort from a generous donor. We need to raise another $36,000 to reach our goal to send a total of 14 greenhouses. If more funds are raised, they will be applied towards our existing greenhouse project in other parts of the DPRK.

We fear that TB and hepatitis care centers will soon have many more patients to care for due to the heavy toll that flooding can have on people’s lives and health. Please help us reach our goal quickly so we can order and send these greenhouses before the cold of winter sets in. Now more than ever before, the people of the DPRK need to know of God’s love and care for them through the loving hands of Christians.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and generous support!

 

Pending North Korea Sanctions Legislation that could affect CFK’s work

URGENT: Update on Pending North Korea Sanctions Legislation that could affect CFK’s work

Thank you to all who have been praying and who have voiced your strong support to your Senators and House Member for humanitarian aid to continue in North Korea.

As the Washington Post reports, Senate committee to tackle its own North Korea bill next week, the Senate is currently debating how strong the humanitarian exemptions in the bill should be.

YOU CAN HELP:
  1. This week is critical to this process. Please pray that the final bill will adequately protect the full scope of privately funded humanitarian work that is saving or improving the lives of many ordinary North Koreans every day.Protect NK Aid
  2. Your voice matters – if you can, please reach out by email to your US Representatives (House/Senate) and let them know you support private broad scale humanitarian assistance to the people of the DPRK.
  3. Please continue to pray, and urge your friends, your church, and your colleagues to #protectNKaid through Facebook, Twitter, and other means. Washington D.C. needs to know that the people of the US care deeply about the suffering people of the DPRK and want responsible, targeted, and life-saving aid to continue despite the challenging diplomatic context.

 

CGNTV FILM “Beautiful Feet” Aired Easter Sunday 2015!

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In January, a CGNTV crew visited us here in Black Mountain, interviewing a few of the retired Korea missionaries, and some of us at CFK and Wellspring, too. The film aired on Easter Sunday in Korea, and we invite you to click this link to view it.

http://www.cgntv.net/#/tv/15520/1543/3224/vlist.cgn  (Korean Version)

(English Version)

Grateful for God’s love for the Korean people!

CFK Container Shipped 2/25/15!

CFK would like to thank our donors, partners, and volunteers who made today’s container loading possible! Many volunteers have worked with our staff to help inventory goods, sort and pack supplies, build pallets and complete our smoothest loading yet! Items in this container are en-route now in order to pre-position materials needed for our team to complete additional water and other projects in North Korea later this year (dates yet to be determined). Please pray that the mandatory 21 day Ebola quarantine will be lifted soon so that our regular relief and medical shipments can also resume, and our teams can return to continue our work that is bringing hope and transforming many lives in North Korea to the glory of God.  To donate to the CFK shipping fund please click here:  http://donate.cfk.org/en/generalfund

 

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