Church responds to widespread cyclone damage in Fiji

first_img Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Photo: Anglican Missions Board[Anglican Alliance] The largest storm ever recorded in the region struck the islands of Fiji over the weekend, after causing widespread damage in Tonga. The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is already working to assess the damage and begin its response.Cyclone Winston was described as the strongest recorded tropical storm in Fiji’s history, reaching category five storm level, with wind gusts up to 325km per hour and wave surges of up to 12m high.The damage is widespread but, with communications down, the full impact of the storm is not yet known. Media reports suggest up to 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured in the storm, as buildings collapsed and debris was thrown by the wind.Speaking with the Anglican Alliance, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Fiji, the Revd Orisi Vuki said: “The situation is very serious. Power is off in many places and so it is very difficult to contact our parishes and schools.”The priorities now are to make sure that people on the islands are safe and receive immediate assistance: food, water, shelter and medical care.The roads are reported to be bad. Water supplies have been affected as well as food crops, Orisi Vuki said.Many of the communities affected are on outer islands. With power and communication lines down, it currently difficult to get information.Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office reports that people have been evacuated from their homes and are staying in 32 emergency shelters across the islands. Some churches have been used shelters.The government curfew in place over the weekend was lifted on Monday morning, but schools will remain closed for the week, while the clean-up process begins.The government has declared a 30-day state of emergency in response to the natural disaster.Fiji’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, said on Saturday, as the cyclone was approaching, “As a nation we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We must stick together as a people and look after each other.”The Anglican Missions Board in the Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia is working with the Diocese in Fiji to respond to the situation and has launched an emergency appeal.Anglican Missions Board states: “The Diocese of Polynesia would greatly appreciate any support that we are able to provide.”Anglican Missions Board reports that John Simmons, the Secretary and Registrar of the Diocese of Polynesia, is currently working in Fiji and has told Anglican Missions that “we urgently need assistance from our Tikanga brothers and sisters to help our brothers and sisters in Polynesia who have suffered from this severe cyclone.”Meanwhile, expressing solidarity from the region, Julianne Stuart, Programs Director at ABM in Australia, wrote: “ABM has asked for prayers for the people of Fiji who have experienced loss of loved ones, injury, loss of homes and food gardens, and for Archbishop Halapua and the Anglican Church of Polynesia in Fiji. We are currently trying to get in touch with the Church in Fiji through their Missions Board, AMB in New Zealand.”The Anglican Alliance asked the Revd Orisi Vuki to say how the Anglican Communion could stand together with the Church and people in Polynesia.“Please pray for God’s intervention on Fiji and Tonga,” he said. “We need your prayers and support at this difficult time.” Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Posted Feb 22, 2016 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Church responds to widespread cyclone damage in Fiji Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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