Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Primate of South East Asia
for prayers and help
extra-ordinary tragic disaster of unprecedented magnitude hit Asia
and the surrounding areas the day after Christmas. At
and broadcasting Networks, locally and around the world, estimated
the death toll to have surged past 55,000 with many more still
millions of people displaced. Without any warning this region was
turned into weeping and great mourning. Indeed we can hear “Rachel weeping
for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more”.
On behalf of the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia, I
send our heartfelt condolence and deep sympathy to all those who have lost
their loved ones. We deeply grieve with them and we share their pain.
With such a devastating tragedy we could no longer keep silent.
We turn to our sovereign and merciful God in prayers. May I at
all our Intercessors in our Province to have a special day of prayer
on Friday, 31st December, 2004. May I also request that special
prayers to be offered during the Services on New Year’s Eve, 2004 and New
Year’s Day 2005. Please remember all the people who have
been afflicted by this disaster. Please pray that effort for rescue,
can be properly coordinated and effectively carried out so that
all people, lands and nations afflicted may be speedily recovered
On behalf of our Diocese and our Province, I want to thank all Christian
brothers and sisters and friends from around the world for praying for
us and have phoned or sent us messages of concern either by email, fax
etc. It is times like this we know we are not alone. We are so thankful
to all of you. Please continue to pray for our areas.
In our Province, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore have not been affected. However,
some areas in West Malaysia, mainly Penang and Phuket in Thailand have
been greatly affected. I have been in contact with the Bishop of Singapore
and the Bishop of West Malaysia. They reported that all the churches are
safe but extensive damages have been inflicted in these areas. More than
1,000 people died in these areas.
As a Province we would like to offer practical help to as many affected
people and areas caused by this dreadful disaster as possible. Our Provincial
Crisis Relief Fund is now open to receive donations from our churches and
friends for this purpose.
Please send your donations, clearly labeled “Crisis Relief Fund”,
to the Province of the Anglican Church in South East Asia by cheque
or by bank transfer to Account No: 392-357448-011 HSBC Bank Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. I will also contact churches in
other areas outside the Province to see how we can help.
We do not always understand everything that happens in this world. However,
I know that our God is Sovereign. He wants us to love and to share. In
Him we trust.
May the Lord bless you all!
The Most Revd. Datuk Yong Ping Chung
Primate of Province of South East Asia.