On Friday 28th September, a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami with waves as high as 18 feet to sweep into the city of Palu, decimating entire communities.
More than 3,500 people were confirmed dead, with approximately 20,000 people still missing. More than 1.5 million people have been affected, leaving hundreds of thousands of survivors in urgent need of food, water and shelter after more than 70,000 homes were destroyed.
On 24 th December, another Tsunami devastated Sunda Strait, killing 429 people, injuring over 1500 and displacing another 20,000.
PRAISE GOD NONE OF OUR PEOPLE IN INDONESIA WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED
WORK SO FAR
Elim Churches and Individuals have raised over:
Assisting with Rebuilding – So far we have built 6 latrines, 2 shower blocks, installed 5 water tanks, 4 community tents and provided 2 safe communal spaces for Church, schools, training, cooking, washing, and medical assessments.
Providing over 80,000 meals– ERA has been working alongside World Central Kitchen and YWAM, to provide meals for multiple rescue camps.
Increasing Relief Distribution – ERA has provided over 150 family packs, including: cooking stoves, fuel, pots and pans, plates, cutlery, solar lamps, blankets, rope, soap, vitamins and medication.
Building New Latrines
Providing New Water Tanks
BECAUSE OF YOUR GIVING AND THE PEOPLE WE HAVE ON THE GROUND IN INDONESIA, WE WERE ABLE TO RELEASE FUNDS AND SEE RELIEF BROUGHT WITHIN HOURS OF THE QUAKE.
Elim Minister Christy Smith, who has been a part of ERA in Kosovo, Haiti and Nepal, has been able to visit Indonesia and help the relief efforts there. Christy writes:
“These people have had their homes completely destroyed by the massive mudslide. Many of them are also Christians, as the area of Palu has a lot of churches compared to other areas. We were able to help in many ways. The Elim Relief Appeal has made a real difference here in Indonesia, because of your willingness to respond in such a fast and decisive way.”
I had only been in my role as IMD for a week and watched the news unfold following the earthquake on the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia on September 28th, 2018, and knew that we would have to do something to respond. It quickly became apparent that the scale of this disaster would have a profound impact on the people of Sulawesi for many years to come. One of the criteria for launching an ERA appeal is that we have people on the ground who can make sure any money raised through such an appeal is spent wisely and for the purpose for which it is sent. Our people in Indonesia agreed we should do something to meet the immediate need of the people most affected by this disaster. Christy and Linda Smith, who have much experience in the area of disaster relief were able to visit and help with the initial response and provide some disaster response training to people in the town where our people live. As the Indonesian government seeks to rebuild what had been destroyed our focus seeing long-term kingdom impact in the lives of those affected.
Iain Hesketh, International Missions Director
So things are going well there in Palu, they are feeding 1000 people every day in a couple of locations, providing them with drinking water, food 3 times a day, they have built toilets, shower rooms, meeting areas and have prepared and made up the family packs which they are giving out now along with a little special pack for the children for Christmas.
The Palu team have been providing children's programmes to help them recover from the trauma, they have been praying for the sick, counselling and discipling the refugees whenever free to do so. The team have gained the approval and respect of the local authorities and police which have allowed permission to serve the people and move into the second location. The team are looking to set up semi-permanent homes for the displaced families (Aluminium simple structures) as the next step to help them to start to have a more normal and sustainable living environment.
SM, our contact in Indonesia
Through such a devastating event, it is amazing to see how God is turning things to good. We have been able to enter new communities and build new relationships, strengthen our commitment with other organizations and help those who are hurting and demonstrate the love of Christ.
However, the task is still incomplete. Our desire, through the work of our people in Indonesia, is to help the church play a central role in meeting the needs of the community – shelter, training, relief distribution, meeting point and conversations. We hope the light of Christ will shine even through the midst of loss.
For the people who are working tirelessly to help those in desperate need.
For the ongoing work and for favour with the locals as we seek opportunities to stay in relationship for the future.
Praise God for the work of ERA and our people in Indonesia as they seek to serve God by reaching communities in desperate need.
Praise God for the response of the Elim Churches in the UK, who have donated over £24,000 which made it possible to release finances straight away and see immediate relief.
Please pray for wisdom for the staff of Elim Missions, ERA and our people in Indonesia, regarding the ongoing release and distribution of relief money raised.
We thank God for those who were stirred to give to our Elim Relief Appeal for the Earthquake in Nepal