Archive for the ‘Condolence’ Category

KOFI ANNAN DEPARTS: TRIBUTE TO AN ICON OF PEACE

Mr Kofi Annan, Ghanaian, career diplomat and world elder statesman died today at the age of 80 years. He was the first African Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving for two terms; 1997-2006. He was well known for his humility and his commitment to global peace. He also cared for Africa, his roots.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He also devoted much time towards the eradication of poverty and HIV. He continued to work in retirement, serving across the globe, wherever his experience and expertise were needed.

He humorously said he would slow down when asked about his set time for real retirement  at an interview on his 80th birthday. Did he really slow down? Ghana, Africa; and indeed the whole world miss him. Our condolences go to his wife and entire family; and his home nation, Ghana. We salute a global leader; an icon of peace.

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NELSON MANDELA DEPARTS : TRIBUTE TO A GREAT GLOBAL ICON OF PEACE

President Nelson Mandela, the indefatigable, resilient, freedom and human rights champion has departed the world stage at the age of 95 years. He passed away 8.50 p.m. on Thursday, 5th December 2013, after a long battle with lung infection. Current President, Jacob Zuma made the passionate announcement to the world. We salute his courage, boldness,vision, forgiveness, patriotism and humanity. A great global icon of peace has departed. In his humility and politics, neither was he selfish nor power-drunk. May the Almighty God comfort his family, the Republic of South Africa and lovers of peace, freedom, democracy and justice all over the world. South Africa, Africa and the World has become impoverished by his departure. For all eulogies to be meaningful, his legacies must be upheld and practically passed on to succeeding generations across the world, especially in South Africa. Death is inevitable. Let each person, whether in public office or not; in close relationship with Madiba or not; bear it in mind: that the bell of summons would ring for each one of us sooner or later. In the words of the Psalmist; may God teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom(Psalms 90:12). In the Letter of James in the Bible, it is written: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins.James 4:13-17. And so Nelson Mandela departs.

GLASGOW HELICOPTER CRASH: OUR CONDOLENCE

It is shocking to learn of the tragedy which struck as many people were out on the night of Friday 29th November in a Pub, THE CLUTHA, in a relaxed, unsuspecting mood. What a traumatic experience it must have been for an helicopter to land on the roof of a pub! Our heartfelt condolence go out to the Police, the families of the bereaved, those being nursed for injuries, and those who experienced the shock at the crash scene. Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond described the incident as a black day for Glasgow and Scotland, whilst also commending the swift response by the citizens around and the Emergency Services. Indeed it is a black day in the midst of the celebration of Saint Andrew’s Day[Scottish National Day]. We join others to praise the several untrained citizens who selflessly rose to give help at the scene to the victims before expert hands arrived. We praise the Police and other members of the Emergency Services for swift response. May the Lord comfort the people of Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole at this time of grief, bless the health teams at work, ongoing rescue operations and give quick recovery to the injured and ailing.

THE PHILIPPINES AND HER PEOPLE NEED YOU NOW!

The unprecedented disaster caused by the typhoon named ‘Haiyan’ in the Philippines on Friday, 8th November 2013 has affected up to 10 million people. About 2,500 people suspected to have died. The United Nations stated that the death toll could rise. We send our condolence to the government and people of Philippines. Food, Water, Clothes, Shelter, Towels, Blankets, medical supplies, plus strong and healthy volunteers are urgently needed.The need is huge. The citizens are greatly tough and resilient, but there is a limit to such human endurance. The geographical setting made up of a group of several islands, compounds the problems especially in the worst hit areas of TACLOBAN CITY and CEBU ISLAND to mention a few. Please, do your best to give support within the limits of your ability and resources. You can give as low as ¬£3.00 and up to hundreds or thousands of pounds, via your credit/debit cards or cheques. Active relief programme is already slowly coming in from different parts of the world. The UK Government is already setting a good pace in the on-going urgent humanitarian relief efforts. The same is true of the USA government. More nations are expected to respond very soon. In the United Kingdom you can send relief support through the DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE made up of 14 British Charities. You can route your support direct to DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal or any of its member charities which are autonomous. Visit DEC site : http://www.dec.org.uk. The following member charities which are autonomous can also be contacted to send your relief support:
The British Red Cross http://www.redcross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Make-a-single-donation/Typhoon-Haiyan-Appeal
Oxfam : http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what-we-do/emergency-response/philippines-typhoon-haiyan.
UNICEF : http://www.unicef.org.uk/landing-pages/Philippines-Childrens-Appeal/?sissr=1.
World Vision has set up an appeal to help care for children – Philippines Typhoon Appeal http://www.worldvision.org.uk/ways-give/make-donation/philippines-typhoon-appeal/.
Please, support charities in your own part of the world. Link up with the Red Cross in your country. The International Committee of the Red Cross is actively coordinating its relief efforts from its branches across the world.
PRAY for the Philippines.

OKLAHOMA TORNADO

The news of the devastation caused by fierce tornado of unprecedented scale on Monday 20th May was received with utmost shock. We send our heart-felt condolence to the bereaved families; sympathy and prayers for speedy healing to the injured; and comfort and restoration to the surviving people of Oklahoma, Moore and environs. We pray also that God would comfort you all, give wisdom and speed to the Local, State and National Authorities in the challenging busy days ahead. Grace be with you all.

CONDOLENCE: SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT SANTA MARIA

The news of the tragic death of hundreds of people in the night club fire incident at Santa Maria in Brazil was received with shock. May the Lord God comfort the bereaved families, the local authorities and the entire nation. The fact that only one exit was available in such a public facility makes the horrific incident more painful. What an agonizing way to die. We hope all efforts would be made to avert a repetition of such tragedy. We send our heartfelt condolences to all.