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WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia tsunami

WCC offers condolences in wake of Indonesia tsunami

Photo: Sean Hawkey/WCC

23 December 2018

After the tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, the World Council of Churches (WCC) reached out with condolences to people who have lost loved ones.

More than 200 people have been killed and 750 injured after a tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia's Sunda Strait, government officials say.

“A natural disaster of this magnitude at a time when so many gathered to be with family to celebrate the promises of the future makes this all the more tragic and painful,” says Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary. “We received your relief update informing us of the number of lives lost, the many injured and the properties experiencing damage", he added.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people affected by the tsunami in Indonesia. The church is called to be a source of recovery and restoration, particularly at such times of loss and pain, added Tveit. “We stand with you in your own pain and as you seek to bear witness to God’s love and care at this time. We journey with you now and as we continue on the pilgrimage of justice and peace.”

ACT Alliance is actively working on the humanitarian response in the country, both through national members (Yakkum Emergency Unit and Pelkesi) and international members, even as they continue to respond to the earlier earthquake in Lombok and the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi.

WCC member churches in Indonesia

More information on ACT Alliance humanitarian response in Indonesia