All We Can and the Methodist Church's appeal for Indonesia

All We Can and The Methodist Church in Britain are calling for generous support for this urgent appeal for the people of Indonesia, following the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi.

People who have lost everything are in desperate need of water, food, shelter and access to medical care.

On September 28 a deadly earthquake struck Indonesia which triggered a tsunami. Waves more than three metres high swept across the land destroying almost everything in their wake.

Conditions in the devastated area are extremely difficult. The tsunami tore up roads, washed away homes and cut off lines of communication.

Hundreds of people have lost their lives, at least 42,000 people are displaced and more than 1.5 million have been affected. Urgent supplies of food, water, shelter and medical treatment are needed now.

Statement and prayers from the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference and from All We Can

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the earthquake and tsunami on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia.

The President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Michaela A Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam, share in the shock of all who have heard the news of the devastating tsunami.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much; those who have been bereaved, those who have been injured and those searching in fear and dismay for their loved ones."

"We know that our Methodist family will respond generously to appeals for money and will pray for the swift rebuilding of the communities so devastated by this disaster."


Almighty God,
Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort,
deal graciously with those who mourn,
that they may cast every care on you,
and know the consolation of your love.

Remember, O Lord, those who are sick or suffer pain,
especially those who have been injured on Sulawesi.
Comfort them by your presence, sustain them by your promises,
and grant all who have been affected your peace.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Adapted from prayers in The Methodist Worship Book.

Loving Lord
We pray for the people in Indonesia affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
For those people not yet reached by aid, we ask for quick access and rescue.
For the families grieving loved ones lost, we ask for comfort and hope.
For those without homes and facilities, we ask for basic needs to be met.
For those traumatised by the chaos, we ask for calmness and peace.
For the aid workers using their skills to help, we ask for wisdom and strength.
For us, as strangers to those in need, help us to respond as neighbours.
We ask for all of these things in Jesus’ name.

Claire Welch, All We Can

Images: © All We Can/World Renew

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