As news of mounting casualties in Southern Asia staggers the imagination of a grieving world, the Board of General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene expresses its deepest sympathy and prayer for the survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Natural disasters remind us of our human frailty, and of our total dependence on a God of grace and mercy to minister to those affected by this tragedy.
"We call on Nazarenes around the globe to pray fervently for the people and nations so deeply affected," says Jim Bond, board chairman. "Our message of holiness expresses itself in specific and concrete ways in tragedies of this nature. Our extensive network of compassionate ministry personnel is already at work."
In addition, the board encourages Nazarenes to give generously to the relief and recovery efforts that are underway. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries has mobilized personnel, and continues to gather relief supplies for distribution. Over 100 disaster relief leaders have been trained over the last three years in South Asia. These dedicated ministers of compassion and mercy are now participating in a massive effort to channel supplies to the affected areas as quickly as possible.