Posts Tagged ‘condolence’

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.

AMIDST CONDOLENCES: WE CRY ALOUD; BLOOD OF THE INNOCENTS AT NEWTOWN CRY TOO!

Once again,we send our condolence to the bereaved families, including the family of the gunman and the entire community of Newtown Connecticut.Without any doubt,the barrage of news flow following the massacre of 20 innocent children and some adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School increased the anxiety, shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident.In the flurry of reactions,unconfirmed reports had claimed that the gunman’s parents had been killed; one at home and the other in the school inside her classroom.The gunman’s elder brother was also initially wrongly named as the killer. Latest local authorities’ reports now confirm a more reliable picture. The 20-year old gun man,who was alleged to have killed himself later,has been identified as Adam Lanza, while the elder brother was found to have been elsewhere at the time of the shooting. The parents were no longer together and the father was quite safe and alive. The gunman was reported as having shot and killed his mother. Agape Focus is sorry to have included the unconfirmed reports as such in our initial reactions. Our primary concern at Agape Focus was about review of gun laws in order to avert a recurrence of such massacre. We appreciate the reactions of the State Governor on gun laws.The expressed deep concern of President Barack Obama is also highly appreciated and noteworthy.The previously expressed views of the Mayor of New York City,Mayor Bloomberg,are also highly appreciated. We hope that gun laws would be reviewed very soon. WITHOUT EQUIVOCATION,THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENTS CRY ALOUD FOR A REVIEW! Tears alone cannot avail. We are deeply concerned and so WE CRY ALOUD TOO! When the time comes for gun laws to be reviewed, we do pray and hope that restrictions, monitoring and stricter measures would be put in place to avert another massacre. May God Almighty comfort the bereaved families and the horrified community. May abundant grace and wisdom be given to the Law Makers at the various tiers of government in the USA to make the right review. Amen.