As images of shattered glass, collapsed buildings, crushed automobiles and deep splits in the ground resembling the earth being ripped apart flash across the world’s TV and computer screens, the people of Christchurch are picking up the pieces of their lives in the aftermath. In an instant, circumstances were changed forever with the death of loved ones, friends and family missing and the destruction of their homes and livelihoods.
The Salvation Army, New Zealand, Fiji and the Tonga Territory has been on the scene just seconds after the 6.3 magnitude quake hit to assist with victims and first responders while encountering damage and loss personally. The Salvation Army’s Community Ministry Centre in Christchurch has been severely damaged, with significant damage to Christchurch City Corps. The Salvation Army’s South Island headquarters had also been affected.
The Salvation Army was assisting more than 1,000 people with food, water, shelter and most importantly, prayer at an established site near the inner city at Hagley Park. Major Rex Cross, who is the Emergency Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Christchurch, said that “The Salvation Army was calling its emergency response teams together. Travel across the city was extremely difficult, however, and people are being told to stay away from the city center as conditions are still unstable.” Many search and rescue operations continue to be underway for the many still trapped beneath the rubble. As it stands over 75 people have perished with many still unaccounted for. We ask that you please keep the residents of Christchurch in your prayers.
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