We are with you.

 

“We are praying for all of you. We are praying for these disasters to abate. We are praying for rain.”

 

Normally I communicate with you about our shared work to support vulnerable people across the world, whether it be through long-term development projects or in response to significant disasters. But over the past weeks as a bushfire crisis has escalated across our own nation, I have felt compelled to share these few words with you, instead.

Living in a country such as ours, it is easy to assume our capacity, wealth, and resilience. I sometimes take all of these things for granted, particularly in the face of the struggles I have witnessed in other parts of the world.

And yet, here in our own backyard, a disaster is making global headlines.

This bushfire crisis is taking its toll on individuals, families, and communities over such a widespread part of our country. It is demonstrating our own vulnerability and rawness on an enormous scale. And there is no end to it in sight.

I am sure that many of you have been impacted by these bushfires, either directly or through loved ones, friends, and fellow community members. And know some of you will have experienced unimaginable tragedy during this time. Others of you are actively volunteering to help bushfire survivors… and those under threat in your communities and beyond, where much of our nation is still struggling deeply as a result of this terrible drought.

In all this, my colleagues and I want to express our heartfelt care and concern for all you who have been affected and who are struggling through this time. We are praying for all of you. We are praying for these disasters to abate. We are praying for rain.

Even in such a terrible situation, we know Christ is present with love and mercy.

If you have a specific prayer request, or would simply like to share with us how the bushfires or the drought have affected you and your family, please email us at [email protected]. We believe in the power of prayer and it would be our honour to hold you up during this difficult time.