Update 20 March

Today Khaled and Hamza were buried side by side. The funerals were held this afternoon and some of their neighbourhood community and Hisham were able to be there. Please continue to pray for Salwa, Zaid and Zina tonight. I cannot even begin to imagine what they must be feeling after the journey they have travelled from Syria to Jordan to Christchurch to burying their husband and father, their brother and son.

Care Plans
We have created care plans for the next few days for our refugee families, for other families who have lost family members connected to our Neighbourhood Communities and for people who have friends, work mates, school friends etc that need support. If you are one of these who needs some personal support or resources to help support the families you are supporting please get in touch with our Pastoral Care team on 03 3384163 or pastoralcare@swbc.org.nz.

Muslim Families Support Fund
We have created this fund as a short-term account to provide financial support focused on supporting those affected by this disaster and strengthening our refugee work in response to this tragedy.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, the details are as follows:
Bank: BNZ
Branch: Riccarton
Name of Account: South West Baptist Church
Account Number: 02-0820-0247412-00
Particulars: MuslimFamily
Code: Donation#### (put your donation number here if applicable)
We will be able to issue a donation receipt for these donations, please include your donation number if you have one.

Our Youth
For many teenagers this is a vulnerable time. Every school will be looking out for their kids, Youth workers, 24/7 teams, teachers and counsellors are all doing their bit but we also need people to pray and support families.

Let’s join Paul today in a new awareness of his prayer
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3 v 10-12)