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WEA: An appeal to stand with the people of Pakistan

August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

Contact:
Maria Mackay, Press Secretary. Email: mmackay@worldevangelicals.org
Sylvia Soon. Email: sylvia@worldevangelicals.org

Millions of people have had their homes and livelihoods washed away by terrible floods in Pakistan; at least 1,600 have been killed. 

As a disaster on par with the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and this year’s Haiti earthquake unfolds in Pakistan, WEA Global Partners are working around the clock to bring vital aid to survivors. 

The incomprehensible scale of need – shelter, food, clean drinking water, medicines, toiletries and clothing are in short supply.  Yet the international response has been slow and the UN is struggling to raise the $460 million it says is needed to ensure a full recovery for Pakistan. 

At this time of real human need, we wish to ensure the people of Pakistan of our heartfelt sympathy and appeal to our members to give generously, financially as well as in prayer. 

International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, said: “This ‘creeping tsunami’ impacting the lives of millions of people in Pakistan must be met with a robust response from the Christian community worldwide. It is critical that we stand with the small minority of Christians in Pakistan as they seek to demonstrate God’s love and care for the suffering.”

Associate International Director of the World Evangelical Alliance, Gordon Showell-Rogers, said: “The vast suffering in Pakistan is, for most of us, unimaginable. The incredible statistics mask the individual pain. International support is desperately needed. Agencies linked to the WEA family, and churches in Pakistan are ready to face the challenge together.  Your help and support will be a great encouragement to them.”

Relief agencies within the WEA community working on the ground in Pakistan are: World Vision International, Tearfund International, The Salvation Army International, Medical Assistance Program International, and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee. 

Ifrahim Mathew of the Evangelical Alliance Pakistan said: “The floods in Pakistan are far worse than any of us first imagined.  Meeting the immense needs of the survivors is an uphill struggle.  The families we are caring for came to us with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.  They have really lost everything. 

“One tent village with 150 families is still waiting for help.  We need more donations to help meet their needs.  We have been able to help a little already thanks to the kindness of supporters but much more remains to be done.”

As you pray for the people of Pakistan, we would also ask that you remember China, where the worst flooding in a decade has killed four and forced more than 100,000 to be evacuated in Liaoning Province, close to the border with North Korea.  Extensive flooding in south and west China has already claimed 3,900 lives earlier this summer.

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.