February 23, 2011
Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand was rocked Tuesday, February 22, by a deadly and destructive earthquake.
The quake struck
just before 1 p.m. local time on Tuesday, when the city was bustling with
commerce and tourism. It was less powerful than a 7.1 temblor that struck
before dawn on Sept. 4 that damaged buildings but killed no one. Experts said
Tuesday’s quake was deadlier because it was closer to the city and because more
people were about.
Xiaoling Zhu, Global
Ministries Area Executive for East Asia and
the Pacific, and Susan Sanders, One
Great Hour of Sharing Administrator, have reached out to partners in
Aotearoa/New Zealand sharing messages of concern and support. One Great Hour of Sharing emergency response
solidarity grants have been authorized for transmittal as soon as we receive
word from our partners.
You Can Help
1. Pray for the
people of Aotearoa/New
Zealand, their leaders,
and all emergency response workers.
2. To assist people
impacted by disasters internationally, please make a gift payable to your
congregation marked for "International Disaster Relief” with the request
they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
Send gifts, made out to
Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion "International
Disaster Relief” to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland,
Make a secure online donation to the International Disaster Relief
Thank you for your
compassion and support.