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WCC expresses concern for Taiwan in wake of earthquake

WCC expresses concern for Taiwan in wake of earthquake

"We express our solidarity and prayerful thoughts for the people and churches in the region." Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

08 February 2018

In the wake of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Taiwan on 6 February, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a message to the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.

“We received the news regarding the earthquake that struck the east coast of Hualien City and Hualien County in Taiwan with deep concern and sadness,” wrote Tveit. “On behalf of the World Council of Churches and the ecumenical family throughout the world, we express our solidarity and prayerful thoughts for the people and churches in the region.”

Tveit offered prayers for the communities and families who have lost loved ones in this disaster and for the healing and recovery of those who have been hurt and displaced. “We are also praying for the protection and wellbeing of all those who are involved with the disaster relief and recovery efforts,” he wrote.

Tveit also commended the prompt and substantive responses by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan to the crisis. “As the people of Taiwan approach the Lunar New Year, may the love of God bring succour, solidarity, and warmth to people affected by this crisis,” he concluded.

WCC member churches in Taiwan