Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Please pray for Christchurch, New Zealand

The country that we have just returned from, New Zealand has today suffered another catastrophe. The city of Christchurch in the South Island was hit by another major earthquake of 6.3 magnitude and sadly, the reports are coming out this time, of multiple fatalities and major devastation in the city and its surrounding areas. We were just finishing up our studies for the morning when my son told me to turn on the television news. The live unedited pictures were showing collapsed office buildings and people being pulled out in shock, many are still trapped in the rubble.
We used to live in the Canterbury region and have visited Christchurch on many occasions. Its streets and Cathedral square are such familiar places. It is a beautiful city with many ornate buildings. How sad to see the city cathedral which survived the last quake, collapsed, its spire gone.
We have friends who live in Christchurch, so just praying that they are safe and well. Please pray for all those who are affected by this disaster and that those who are still alive and trapped will be found soon by the rescuers.

God defend New Zealand.


Shane Pollard said...

Oh Ann it looks horrific - much worse than the one in September.
I was having one of those quiet days without the radio or TV, as my family have gone to Rotorua for a couple of days.

A friend rang me at 5pm to tell me, so I've been glued to the TV since then.
Buildings collapsed, including the Cathedral as you mentioned - very sad.

Australia has come to the rescue and Julia Gillard has offered trained rescue experts, whom I believe are in their way here.

You put it beautifully with "God defend New Zealand", thank you.
We pray for everyone in Christchurch and NZ affected by today's earthquake.


Homeschool on the Croft said...

Oh Ann, I hadn't even heart until now. It's morning here, and I haven't even put on the news. Oh I pray that it would turn the hearts of those in the beautiful country of NZ to the One who created their land...

How quickly things can change - on national levels and on personal levels too.

SF said...

Praying, Ann. Saraya prayed too at bedtime. We have all been shocked by the news. :( xx

Teresa said...

I thought of you immediately when I heard the news knowing you had just visited the country.
Our prayers go out to them.

Joolz said...

I am so sorry that Christchurch is in the depths of this devastation. Too many lives lost already but praying the toll does not go higher and that your friends are safe. The raw tv footage of the quake is horrific. It must have been so scary.


Renata said...

Oh no Ann - I had no idea. I'll be praying for all the people effected. (And I should see the news more).
Hope all your friends & family are safe

Jen's Busy Days said...

I almost missed the news too and I am feeling very stunned at yet another natural disaster in such a short period of time.

Praying for our NZ neighbours,
Jen in NSW

Farming On Faith said...

I am so praying with you Ann!


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