Anglican Overseas Aid
On Friday 28 September, an earthquake triggered a tsunami on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia.
More than 1200 people have already been killed, and it is estimated that the death toll could end up significantly higher. More than 1.6 million people have been impacted by the disaster; displaced from their homes, seeking refuge in shelters, and trying to access clean water and supplies.
This is a tragedy of epic proportions, and for Christians, how we respond goes right to the very essence of who we are. When Jesus was faced with the trauma of others, he responded with literally gut-wrenching compassion. In Mark’s Gospel, when Jesus feeds the 5,000, the original Greek translation says that he was literally moved in his gut, such was his ache for them.
When the 2004 tsunami hit, the generous response of people across Australia was unprecedented. As aid and development agencies responded, people across Australia responded in their churches, their schools, their communities by supporting life-saving work. And right now, as aid agencies mobilise to provide emergency relief and life-saving aid we need to again find that generous heart.
You can respond by giving to Anglican Overseas Aid’s Indonesia Tsunami Appeal, or donating to any of the other incredible agencies working on the ground. Anglican Overseas Aid, is a Christian aid and development organisation working in countries across Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Middle East to help build a just and sustainable future for communities living in poverty.
... and in Vanuatu
The situation in Vanuatu in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption is ongoing, particularly on the island of Santo. Recently consecrated Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Vanuatu and New Caledonia, Bishop James Tama, says Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has been able to provide for some of the community’s basic needs, but much more needs to be done.
‘We desperately need help from our Australian brothers and sisters. ACOM is depending very much on our church partners overseas, especially AOA [Anglican Overseas Aid] and CAN-DO [Church Agencies Network-Disaster Operations].’
This outside help will need to be ongoing, potentially for years. If you would like to contribute, please visit the website.