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Churches send aid to Somalia, but country’s woes far from over


Clashes between the country’s Transitional Federal Government and insurgent groups have intensified, according to news reports. A recent peace conference in the Somali capital was interrupted by mortar shells.
Garowe, the capital of Puntland state, is more stable than southern Somalia. As a result, Garowe has become “the new home for Somalis from all over the country displaced by the tsunami, political unrest and drought-ravaged land,” said John Kachelman, minister for the Judsonia, Ark., church, who coordinates relief shipments around the globe.
To help the people of Puntland, Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., donated beds and mattresses left over from its recent construction of new student dormitories. The University and Dalraida churches, both in Montgomery, added household items, linens, furniture and clothing to the shipment.
Washington-based Counterpart International provided logistics for the container, which was shipped through international relief agency USAID.
The hardships in Somalia aren’t stopping the church, Abdul said. Three members recently went on a mission trip to the country’s southern Jilib district, studying World Bible School correspondence courses with people interested in Christianity. In Mogadishu, Abdul baptized two women after a recent Sunday service.
“This is the greatest news to all of us,” he said.

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