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Condolence letter to the Church of Pakistan following the 2010 monsoon floods

Grief over the many deaths and the devastation caused by recent floods in Pakistan, as well as appreciation for the relief work provided by the Diocese of Peshawar of the Church of Pakistan, was expressed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) in a letter to the church.

05 August 2010

To the Rt Rev. Samuel Azariah
Moderator of the Church of Pakistan

Dear Bishop Azariah,

I write with a heart heavily burdened by the pain and suffering the people of Pakistan have had to endure during the last few days because of recent flooding due to the heavy monsoons. I am shocked to hear of the devastation, more than 1,500 lives lost and some 14,000 homes lost, throughout the affected regions of the country.

Yet, in the midst of a deep sense of grief I am encouraged and strengthened to hear of the many good works that have already been undertaken by the Christians of Pakistan, including the Diocese of Peshawar which has professionally launched its emergency Relief and Rescue Programme, providing much needed assistance and support for not only Christian families but also those of other religions and minority groups.

This faithful service to neighbours in this time of need is commendable. Along with WCC member churches around the world I express my most fervent prayers on behalf of the churches in Pakistan and all the people of Pakistan as you strenuously work to comfort the bereaved, provide for the weak and to prevent further damage and destruction to lives and property.

I also call upon all the member churches of the WCC to not only pray for the people traumatized by this tragedy but to also step forward with expressions of solidarity with the people of Pakistan by providing the much needed resources for rebuilding lives. You can be assured that the WCC will continue to work closely with the relevant partners in ACT Alliance and other specialized ministries to provide emergency relief and explore other forms of assistance necessary.

May the power, mercies and grace of our Triune God preserve and strengthen you.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
World Council of Churches general secretary