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Christians urged to pray for rescue and relief work in disaster-struck Indonesia


All believers are urged to pray for the rescue workers in disaster-struck Indonesia. Recently a deadly earthquake and tsunami caused mass destruction in Indonesia. A Christian charity group World Vision is working on the ground offering support to the rescue and relief workers.

Christians in Indonesia

Talking to Premier, Priscilla Christin from the World Vision said that all believers can contribute in supporting the rescue workers by prayer. “You can also pray for us. We need your support in prayer so all of the efforts to support the affected community can be done.”

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World Vision also sent teams to the city of Palu, where most casualties were recorded. While narrating the devastation left by the disaster, Christin said: “A lot of homes and buildings are collapsed and the iconic bridge in Palu is also destroyed because of this.”

Six days after the disaster struck, the death toll in quake-tsunami disaster has swelled up to 1,424 on Thursday October 4. Time is running out for the rescue workers to find anyone still alive under the rubble. Indonesian disaster agency stated that thousands of people were injured as a result of this calamity. Tens and thousands were left homeless, and more than 66,000 homes reduced to rubble by a quake of magnitude 7.5 which produced a tsunami.

United Nation’s humanitarian office, says that about 200,000 people are in need of urgent help. Among these are thousands of children. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock in a statement said: “The government of Indonesia is experienced and well-equipped in managing natural disasters, but sometimes, as with all other countries, outside help is also needed.” He said that $15 million have been allocated.

About 20 countries have offered help, as aid from UK and Australia also due to arrive. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says it was appealing for $22 million to help Indonesia. The Indonesian government on the other hand, has appealed for international help, amidst fears that the death toll will rise to thousands.