Waldensian Church supports the Reconquista community after the recent floods


The city of Reconquista, located on the north of the Santa Fe province, received in the last few days a big amount of water due to intense rains which caused flooding in a significant part of the city. According to data from INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology) of the 700 mm accumulated during January so far, 550 were from three days and 300 in only seven hours. Between the most affected areas there’s Barrio Nuevo, where the Waldensian Church has had a mission for several decades. During the emergency the local community assisted many local families, moving them to church buildings in the city centre, and supporting those who decided to stay in their homes to save their possessions.

“Thanks to the donations of many sister communities and the solidarity of many people, we have been able to buy cleaning goods to make up 50 combos. We know the destruction that was generated by the flooding was immense, and this is just a small palliative, but it is important. We thank all the people who contributed so that this could happen. The support and solidarity are vital in these times of bitterness”, says the Waldensian Church of Reconquista-Barrio Nuevo.

The showers have stopped since yesterday and the water is retracting. Now comes the time to see what and how it’s all left and to reorganise to keep life going. The help for this time must continue, it will imply food and specially water, given that the neighbourhood does nor count with a water network; restocking clothes and beds; repair the losses in the structure of living spaces.

The compromise of the communities of the Northern Presbyterian and all the Rio de la Plata communities “will be a beautiful and necessary testimony”, says the local pastor team. And concludes: “In these times we join in solidarity to our brothers and sisters of the waldensian community of Reconquista, understanding the privilege as is said by the apostle Paul in his second letter to the Corinthians (8, 3-5): ‘For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.’ We are aware not only of our concrete help, but also that our prayers and thoughts are with our brothers and sisters.”

From abroad, donations can be made through the IEVRP account:Bank Name: Banco de la República Oriental del UruguayAccount owner: Iglesia Evangélica Valdense del Río de la Plata Uruguayan Pesos Account: Savings Account N° 001521941-00003Dollars account: Savings Account N° 001521941-00017

If a bank transfer is made include in the subject your destination and if it is a deposit by phone (4548 8794) to facilitate the administrative process.

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