Dear Brethren and Friends in Australia and New Zealand,
“Money has great value, because it can do great good. In the hands of God’s children it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked. It is a defense for the oppressed, and a means of help to the sick. But money is of no more value than sand, only as it is put to use in providing for the necessities of life, in blessing others, and advancing the cause of Christ.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 351.
As you read in our previous newsletter, Sabbath 20th of February, Cyclone Winston hit the northern side of the Fiji Islands. Cyclone Winston was one of the largest cyclones ever recorded in the South Pacific. The islands have sustained extremely damaging winds and flooding which has caused extensive damage to housing, crops, infrastructure as well as injury and loss of life. We would like to ask you all to keep the Fijian people in your prayers.
We are deeply saddened to receive the news that Br Filipe Seru, a church member who lived on the eastern side of the main island, passed away during the cyclone, and his wife sustained injuries when their house and many others in the village were totally destroyed by the storm. We would like to send our condolences to the family of our late brother.
The members in Suva area are safe and still rallying together to help those who are affected in the villages. Water, food, clothes, temporary shelter and cooking gas are the immediate needs and are being given out by our brethren there. But resources are limited, and financial assistance is needed to continue supply.
We need to raise a minimum of AU$10,000.00. So far we have received donations of Aust$4,990. We pray you find it in your hearts to give generously. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter and your generous donation.
To donate please mention “Fiji Cyclone Relief” on your envelopes or direct deposit reference.
The Australasian Welfare Department.