“This has left millions of people in a state of shock and despair,” he wrote. “Please accept our heartfelt sympathies and solidarity.”
He reflected on the may ways in which churches responding to the earthquake have become beacons of hope in these trying times. “Your resilience and unwavering faith in the face of adversity inspire and encourage us, and we are committed to doing our part in easing the suffering caused by this calamity,” he wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you navigate through this challenging period, and we continue to stand in solidarity with you, now as we have always done in the past.”
The ACT Alliance has issued an urgent appeal that addresses many immediate needs, and WCC member churches are responding. “We stand with you in prayer and support, as you work to recover and rebuild in the wake of this tragedy,” Pillay wrote. “We learn from your courage and steadfastness when you remain rooted in your faith and promote Christian ethical values in such critical moments.”
Pillay also extended ongoing prayers on behalf of the global fellowship. “Be assured that the entire ecumenical family holds you constantly in prayer,” he concluded.