Key ELCA Global Mission and World Hunger partners in China are located in the Sichuan province, in the cities of Chengdu and Luzhou–south of the areas worst-hit by the earthquake. We’ve learned that they are safe and that seminary students and faculty, church workers, and hospital personnel are all helping with resue efforts.
ELCA Global Mission staff are in communication with the Sichuan Christian Council to assess needs and how best the Christian community can help, and our recovery assistance after this disaster will likely be channeled through these established partnerships. We expect that restoration of water supplies, care and support for children and vulnerable adults who have lost loved ones, and restoration of health clinics will all be critical needs as recovery plans take shape.
Please keep the people of the Sichuan province in your prayers, especially those who fear for the safety of missing loved ones and those who have lost family, friends, homes, and livelihoods.