We are all well aware of the impact on several hundred families around Whanganui, with the river’s flooding there this past week. My heart goes out to them, as I am sure it does for you. We all look for ways we might help. While all of us here are praying for them, and we will all continue to pray for them, let us also be aware of how we might be of practical help as well. If you have family and friends, or God is moving you to help, there are many avenues to make a real difference.
I encourage you to join us, living out our faith to “bring the Kingdom, on earth as in heaven”. These friends are now the lost, the last and the least for us. Most of those impacted are without resources to recover on their own and many are deeply impact, some have lost absolutely everything. As family, let us endeavor to remember them in all our prayers and to love them this week, this month and continually for months to come as their recovery will take more time than anyone would expect.
For those there, we do have real empathy for you. We are broken to see the suffering to so many, and the damage to communities, infrastructure now damaged, businesses impacted and homes lost. We, your family, remain committed to you.
Bishop of Wellington