July 14, 2006
On Tuesday, July 11, 2006, Mumbai (Bombay), India was the target of a train bombing that killed at least 200 people. The bombing is believed to be an act of terrorism.
A senior intelligence official said the government was taking seriously the claim of a man who reportedly said the train bombings "are a reaction to what is happening to the minorities especially Muslims in India," in a statement read over the phone to Kashmir's Currrent news service.
The government, meanwhile, reiterated its commitment to fight terrorism.
Rev. John Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ sent a letter to our India Partners acknowledging this horrible act, and offered words of encouragement during this difficult time.
In addition, Rev. James Vijayakumar, Area Executive for the Southern Asia Office of Global Ministries has been in conversation with partners from the United Church Board for World Ministries in Mumbai. At this point we do not know if any of the churches in Mumbai are able to get involved in any significant way with the present crisis.
One Great Hour of Sharing funds may be sent in response to this disaster as needed. Our offices are standing by for updates.
Please visit the Global Ministries website to read the statements from UCC leadership.
How you can help
1. Please pray for the people of Mumbai during this difficult time.
2. To help those affected by this disaster you may send gifts payable to your congregation marked "Mumbai India Bombing", with the request they are sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
3. Send gifts payable to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion "Mumbai India Bombing", to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.