Emergency: Prayer for the people of Tonga

last week Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated communities across Tonga.

Prayer request from Act for Peace –  the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA). 

Please feel free to share this email and the following prayer points with your congregation.

We pray for:

  • Our brothers and sisters in Tonga and those across the Pacific whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Gita.
  • The tens of thousands of people who have lost homes, livestock and crops. That they will find protection, and have access to clean water, food and shelter.
  • Act for Peace and the Tonga National Council of Churches as they provide emergency assistance to those in need.
  • Our Pacific neighbours as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives over the next few months.
  • All who have been affected. We ask that they know God’s peace, love and hope as they grieve and start the process of rebuilding their lives.

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Tropical Cyclone Gita has devastated communities across Tonga. The category four cyclone brought destructive winds of over 233km/h, ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes and are now left without power or water. Many homes, buildings and churches have been severely damaged, including one church that was completely destroyed.

We are calling on you, as part of the Australian ecumenical community to pray for our Tongan brothers and sisters.

We’re working with our partner on the ground, the Tonga National Council of Churches, to provide immediate lifesaving assistance.

Act for Peace’s Disaster and Emergencies Program Coordinator, Yvette Crafti, will be helping to coordinate the relief efforts and said the level of damage is extremely high.

“Gita is the strongest cyclone to hit Tonga in 60 years. It has flattened houses, torn down trees and has left widespread flooding and power outages in its wake.  We are working around the clock to help reach people in urgent need.”

“With a storm this big, communities that have been badly impacted need our support to recover and begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods.”

There is a lot of work to be done to help our neighbours in Tonga both in the coming days, and long term as they rebuild following this cyclone.  We ask that you would join us in covering the people of Tonga in prayer.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2

Thank you so much for standing with communities threatened by conflict and disaster.  If you would like to make a gift to support the relief efforts in Tonga, you can do so here.

With blessings and gratitude,

Janet Cousens
Executive Director
Act for Peace