The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia writes:
I have been shocked as we all have to see the desperate affects of Tropical Cyclone Pam on the islands of Vanuatu.
There has been widespread damage and at this stage it is feared high loss of life.
The Presbyterian Church of Australia has a unique relationship with the Church in Vanuatu, we have a long history of Ni Vanuatuan students training for ministry in Australia, and have had a strong connection with the Bible Training College in Talua.
At this stage we dont know of about loss at Talua, the worst impact of the cyclone was in the south, whereas Talua is in the north.
Please pray for Vanuatu, pray for relief to be provided, pray that there will be selfless rescue and generous love shown both from those on the ground in Vanuatu and neighbouring nations.
The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop has said that our nation is responding along with New Zealand with immediate aid.
Here is an opportunity for the church to be in the vanguard of the relief effort, I therefore urge all Ministers and Sessions to bring this need before your congregations both for prayer and financial gifts.
Cheques should be made payable to
Moderator General’s Disaster Relief Appeal
and remitted to
Presbyterian Church Office, PO Box 2196, Strawberry Hills, NSW.2012.
The Direct Deposit details for the Moderator General’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund are:
Account number: 003988
Account Name: Presbyterian Funds
Please write the word ‘Vanuatu’ in the ‘Description’ box on the bank transfer page.
Doing this this way we express in a tangible way our solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters.
For Updates and latest news on the events in Vanuatu visit the APWM website