Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Earthquake in Christchurch

By now many who watch the national news are no doubt aware of the devastation at Christchurch, New Zealand.  Pr. Henderson, of Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (Dr. Marquart' former home) has provided some information and video footage at his site (Glosses From An Old Manse), and I am sure will keep us up to date on any developments as he learns of them.  I have seen nothing at the LCMS website, although I assume something will be forthcoming, especially from Lutheran World Relief.  They are in our prayers.


Pr Mark Henderson said...

A brief update - search and rescue has become search and recovery. Death toll is confirmed at 165; expected to be c. 220. A significant number are Japanese students who were learning English in one building which collapsed badly. Many parts of the city are still without water and power some 12 days after the earthquake. The story is fading from the spotlight but the suffering continues. They need our prayers.

The Rev. Donald V. Engebretson said...

Thank you, Mark, for the update. It is true that after the initial excitement of a report interest fades. We certainly saw this in the US as well following various tragedies. We will keep them in our prayers.