ADVERTISING
 
Tuesday, June 25   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
30 years of internet...
Will digital natives and the "Gen Z" use new technologies with a better ethical/values reflection than the previous generation?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Quake
 

Indonesian churches and Christians help earthquake victims

The death toll has risen to more than 2000. 86 church buildings in Palu have been established as aid centres. Pastors ask believers “to pray for strength for their communities to endure in the midst of trauma”.

SOURCES Christianity Today AUTHOR Evangelical Focus PALU 09 OCTOBER 2018 19:25 h GMT+1
The death toll has risen to more than 2000. / World Vision.

Almost two weeks after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated homes, businesses and churches on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the death toll has risen to more than 2000.



“On October 11, we will hold joint prayers in Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge areas of Palu city to end the evacuation of bodies”, the national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.



Agency spokesman explained that efforts to retrieve bodies will not continue because of the difficult terrain and advanced state of decomposition, that made the bodies unrecognisable and could cause contamination.



The quake in Palu caused loose soil to liquefy, swallowing houses and burying the occupants with them and that could provoke the spread of disease.



During the daily news briefing on the relief efforts, Nugroho confirmed that, while the official search will end, authorities will not stop villagers from continuing to dig through the ruins for their loved ones.



The disaster destroyed more than 65,000 homes and buildings, and displaced more than 70,000 people.



 



CHURCHES REOPENING



Thousands are still living in temporary shelters and tents across Palu, but the life of others is beginning to return to normal in some areas.



That is the case of an evangelical church near the coast hardest-hit by the earthquake, Bethany Fresh Anointing Church in Palu, which resumed worship on Sunday and Monday, as Christianity Today reported.



The congregation praised God for keeping their building standing and prayed for the two dead and two missing from their body.



 



A Salvation Army congregation in Palu set up a kitchen at its building to cook. / Salvation Army.



“We pray for our town, and we pray for our leaders. We pray and praise and worship. We are always in the presence of God”, a lay leader told Christianity Today.



While dozens churches in Palu held services over the weekend for the first time since the disaster, many Christian villagers outside of the capital city have no building to return to.



“I’m here at this particular church because my own church is no more; it’s levelled, and on its location there’s a corn plant. That was very strange to me”, Min Kapala, a believer who travelled to the city from the outskirts, told The Washington Post.



 



BASIC NECESSITIES



Because of severe damage to roads and buildings in remote areas, it has taken days for the Indonesian Protestant Church in Donggala (GPID) officials and aid workers to reach the farthest-flung of the 100 churches across the province.



Christian ministries in Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces are bussing in hundreds of kilos of basic necessities, items ranging from ramen noodles to Pampers.



Christian organisation World Vision International has coordinated relief workers to arrange trips to markets and gas stations that are finally reopening; set up field hospitals for emergency surgeries; distribute thousands of blankets and tarps and offer counseling for children in villages.



A Christian response team from the YAKKUM Emergency Unit (YEU) treated 40 patients at the Great Mosque of Palu and set up clinics at several local churches serving as evacuation sites.



 



Vision International has coordinated relief workers in Indonesia. / World Vision.



 



CHURCH BUILDINGS AS AID CENTRES



Since the beginning of the tragedy, Christian leaders in Central Sulawesi province have been coordinating relief efforts for the tens of thousands of people displaced by the disaster.



According to Christianity Today, 86 church buildings in Palu, mostly shaken but still standing, have been established as aid centres for victims across the province.



“The refugees who came to take refuge there were also Muslims. They blend in supporting each other both materially and psychologically” wrote Yuberlian Padele, rector of Tentena Theological Seminary and former general chairperson of the Central Sulawesi Christian Church (GKST).



GPID pastor Eben Haezer has opened a health center in South Palu for injured victims, hosting a Christian doctor from City Harvest Church in Singapore.



A Salvation Army congregation in Palu set up a kitchen at its building to cook, pack, and deliver 100–300 meals a day, starting the day after the quake and tsunami hit the island.



The pastors asked for fellow believers “to pray for strength for their communities to endure in the midst of trauma and loss and to find access to resources”.



They said residents are left desperate for basic necessities like food, water, and gas while their city has been overrun with violent looters and price-gouging.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Indonesian churches and Christians help earthquake victims
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference European Freedom Network Bridge 2019 conference

Images of the fifth EFN gathering. Experts, activists, counsellors and church leaders met in Pescara, Italy.

 
Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference Glimpses of the ELF 2019 conference

Evangelical leaders from across Europe meet in Wisla (Poland) to network for mission in a range of fields. The vision is to renew the biblical church and evangelise Europe.

 
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer Luis Palau arrives in Madrid for first overseas outreach since his diagnosis of cancer
At the invitation of hundreds of churches in Spain, the Luis Palau Association are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in Madrid, June 15-23, 2019, through numerous outreach events and a 2-day family festival in the heart of the city.
 
Mercy Ships volunteers perform 100,000th free surgical procedure Mercy Ships volunteers perform 100,000th free surgical procedure

The milestone represents an important point in the nonprofit’s 40-year legacy.

 
What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context? What are the most important truths that Christians should seek to convey in a secular context?

Espen Ottosen talks about the truths Christians should share with people who have little knowledge and/or many prejudices about Christian belief.  

 
A 50-metre high monument will encourage Britons to pray A 50-metre high monument will encourage Britons to pray

Thousands of visitors will have the chance to discover “the God who is alive who listens and answers prayers”.

 
John Lennox on Acts John Lennox on Acts

Professor John Lennox  examines the three supernatural events in the first three chapters of Acts: Jesus' ascension, the Holy Spirit's descent at Pentecost, and the healing of a lame man by the Apostles.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.