earthquake update – thursday 24 february

(Posted by Nick)

The scale of the destruction is only beginning to emerge, but already it is enormous.  Building damage is immense, but the human toll is unprecedented.  Please pray for the city over the coming days and for how we can show care for our neighbours in the weeks and months ahead.  I was reminded of Romans 12 today –

“Let love be genuine.  Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  10 Love one another with brotherly affection.  Outdo one another in showing honour.  11 Do not be slothful in zeal,  be fervent in spirit,   serve the Lord.  12 Rejoice in hope,  be patient in tribulation,  be constant in prayer.  13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and  seek to show hospitality.”

Romans 12:9-13

Here’s an update on where things are at:

We have been in contact with nearly all of our regulars and we’re confident they are all accounted for.  We are in prayer for families we know who are unable to contact loved ones still missing.

Most regulars are fine and houses are ok but are getting used to not having flushing toilets or clean water from their taps.  Do remember to boil water for a full 3 minutes before use.  Be very aware of hygiene with outdoor toilets – dig deep holes if using open latrines and wash hands well with disinfectant.

If we needed any convincing that church is about the people not the buildings, then this week’s events are proof. Church buildings throughout the city have been badly damaged.  Initial inspections of the Ilam Primary Hall we meet in have not indicated any serious damage.  At this stage we are still working to meet on Sunday night, although that will be under review in the coming days.  You will have seen the damage to the cathedral.  We are aware of damage to the buildings at St Saviour’s, Sydenham – this has not yet been assessed but there appears to be significant structural issues.  St Stephen’s Shirley is also seriously damaged, and is waiting for assessment – initial feel is that it will need to come down.  The vicarage next door is also damaged and has been vacated while waiting assessment.  Please pray for each of those churches as they work out how to care for their people and run gatherings.

If you need help in any way:

Please let us know.  A lot of students are fine and are looking for ways to help practically.

Do get in contact –

admin@campuschurch.org.nz

(03) 357 2222 (I think this was typed incorrectly yesterday)

Drop in Centres Opening

I can announce that we’re opening drop-in centres at two Campus Church homes.  A lot of people would be helped by gathering together for encouragement, news and support.  We’re looking at organising shared meals, having a place to download and pray together.  It will be a good way to recover from the shock of the earthquake and a place to hear of ways that we can help others.

Both locations have access to coffee, internet, television, running water, power and phones.  The two locations are:

  • The Duttons – 14 Rountree Street, Ilam
  • The Palace – 237 Waimairi Road, Ilam

Come around if you are able!


Ways to offer help:

Bottled Water – it seems that water quality issues will be significant in the coming days.  The council has done a great job of deploying water tankers to locations throughout the city.  However, people might appreciate bottled water being made available to them, especially those who find it hard to get out.  We’re looking to collect boiled water for distribution in the eastern side of the city as need arises.  If you can provide sealed containers filled with boiled water we will collect them at drop in centres above or at the unlocked garage at the church office at 193 Waimairi Road.

Accommodation offers – if your flat or house can provide temporary accommodation then email earthquakehelp@msd.govt.nz with details.  They will be looking for location, contact details, number of people you can host and the duration it is available.  If you would prefer you can go directly to the Burnside welfare centre and register there (Aurora Centre, cnr Greers and Memorial Avenue).

Baking is not required at the welfare centres, charities are looking for cash donations at this time.

Student Volunteer Army is out today at Ferrymead, having been bussed to location from UCSA at 9am.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page (see below).

Staying informed

Official sources of information:

http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/ – the council / Environment Canterbury

http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ – the uni will update regularly

http://www.civildefence.govt.nz/

Facebook groups:

The Campus Church facebook group will have information in coming days on how to best help out.

The Student Volunteer Army, organised by Sam Johnson for UC students will be up and running in the coming days to get involved.  A great way of responding quickly and practically to need.

Twitter:

campus_church   will be useful to follow for Campus Church specific updates.

#eqnz is the tag most people will be using.

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