Cyclone Seroja – Indonesia
As other events capture the headlines, Tropical Cyclone Seroja swept across south eastern Indonesia, and Timor-Leste, causing loss of life and widespread devastation over the Easter weekend. Heavy rain and winds also caused flooding, landslides and storm surges, killing over 200 people with tens of thousands having to flee their homes. As a result, Presbyterian Moderator Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, has encouraged the Church to pray for its partner churches in the region and, if possible, to give practical support to the relief effort.
PCI’s relationship with its partner churches in Indonesia goes back half a century. The Evangelical Christian Church of Timor report that as thousands of people filled hospitals and evacuation centres in search of medical aid, shelter and food. Six thousand houses and other buildings have been damaged or destroyed, 16 bridges have also been destroyed with large areas of agricultural land badly flooded. The Evangelical Christian Church of Timor’s buildings have been damaged and they report that a pastor, along with his daughter and niece, were killed tragically when a section of the church building they were sheltering in collapsed.
You can read the full news release here.
- Pray for those still searching for missing family, especially when communications are difficult and roads and bridges have been washed away
- Give thanks for the swift action of local church partners in helping to provide food and shelter, as they assist in locating the missing, and help with the distribution of aid
- Pray for those who have lost loved ones, those who have been injured, and for everyone whose homes have been destroyed. Many have also seen their land and crops have been washed away - pray for support for replanting and the replacement of vital irrigation channels
- Give thanks for our partners in the region, pray for their leadership teams and local ministers on the ground, and for their strong and growing church fellowships that have a track record of reaching out to their communities with both practical and spiritual care.
PCI’s Mission Department is ready to channel any donations to the emergency initiatives being undertaken by its partners in Indonesia.
Details of how you can give online can be found here.
You can also send a cheque made out to ‘The Presbyterian Church in Ireland’. Please send it to:
Presbyterian Church in Ireland
6-10 Fisherwick Place
Belfast BT1 6DW
Please ensure you send a note letting us know it is for the Indonesian cyclone relief.
Moderator's Christmas Appeal 2020
2020 may well be long remembered for the scenes of unimaginable suffering that swept the globe as a result of Covid-19. So far there have been around 50 million cases of this disease and well over a million people have lost their lives as a direct result of the virus. This tragedy is compounded in millions more homes and families due to the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the economies of the more fragile, low-income nations. Healthcare systems have fallen apart under unbearable pressure, tens of millions of daily wage earners have lost their jobs, and we have witnessed the vulnerability of 65 million refugees and internally displaced people for whom home is currently a densely populated camp or detention centre. Covid-19 has been wreaking havoc and undoing decades of development work in so many parts of the world.
To respond to this tragedy a Moderator’s Appeal towards the ongoing and broad-ranging Covid-19 emergency relief effort has been launched.
You can donate online here.
Funds donated will be distributed between PCI’s relief and development partners Christian Aid and Tearfund who are already engaged in longer term sustainable development work amongst those most affected by Covid-19 and who are well-placed to direct additional efforts to combat the crisis, and to PCI’s partner churches in South Sudan, Malawi, Indonesia, Nepal, Lebanon, Syria and Romania.
Further information on the types of projects that will be supported can be found here.
Where possible, members should be encouraged to contribute through their congregations under the gift aid scheme, with congregational treasurers sending in a total amount to the Financial Secretary’s Department in Assembly Buildings.
In the wake of August 2020's massive explosion, which devastated Beirut killing over 150 people, injuring 5,000, and making 300,000 residents homeless, Presbyterian Moderator, Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, has written to all PCI’s ministers encouraging them, and their congregations, to stand with the people of Lebanon, and Beirut, in particular.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) has two longstanding partnerships in Lebanon, The National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL), which has around 12,000 members in 30 congregations across both jurisdictions, and the Near East School of Theology (NEST), founded in 1932. More recently PCI has been relating to SAT-7, which has been broadcasting Christian programmes from their production studios in Beirut to the Middle East and North Africa since 1996, as well as to the Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD).
Read the full press release here.
- That the Lebanese people, not least those responsible for governing the country, while tempted to give up in the midst of this disaster, would be infused with fresh hope and know God’s hand providing for every need
- For PCI’s partners in Beirut, strategically placed for mission in the Middle East Region, to be envisioned, strengthened, wise and determined in finding God’s way forward
- That we in PCI would prayerfully step into the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ, indeed of all the people of Lebanon, bringing genuine encouragement and practical support.
PCI’s Mission Department is ready to channel any donations to the emergency initiatives being undertaken by its partners in Lebanon. Donations (with the option of gift aid) can be designated to:
National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon;
The Near East School of Theology;
Simply send a cheque made out to the ‘The Presbyterian Church in Ireland’ to
Mission Department, Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Assembly Buildings, 6-10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast, BT1 6DW
Details of how you can give by electronic transfer, and via this website, can be found here.
PCI’s development partners, Christian Aid Ireland and Tearfund, are also engaged in the emergency response and details of their initiatives can be found on their websites here:
Mission is at the heart of the entire ministry of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
That’s why United Appeal is so important. It brings together resources including prayer and financial giving, to help support PCI’s work not just across Ireland, but globally as well.
From witnessing to local communities and helping through social action to training our leaders and working in partnership with other churches around the world, the United Appeal helps to keep mission at the core of PCI values.
Click here for more information on the various Mission personnel and projects the United Appeal supports.