Update – Thursday 21 March

“The Lord is close to the broken hearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed” (Psalm 34:18)

There is a very good clip of the prime minister speaking to Cashmere High students. See – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12214719
She shares in a very caring and empathetic way sound advice for us all. The clip ends showing the prime minister in a moving hug with one of the students who is also a SWBC youth group member. Just prior to this the student asked the Prime Minister – How are you?  This is a very important question which we need to keep asking and answering honestly.

We are being supported by Tearfund in our care of those directly affected by this tragedy. Tearfund has put three staff behind our local community teams to help them for the next two weeks. This has enabled us to bring together comprehensive care plans and trauma plans and do our bit to support our people and communities and assist more widely in the city.

Arahura Counselling centre and a refugee advisory group are running trauma information sessions with our local communities, church and ministry leaders and staff next week.

Your Needs and Help
If anyone has any specific needs or are aware of others arising from Friday’s tragedy
Is able to help in any way (eg gardening, meals, childcare, transport etc),

Please email swbcresponse@swbc.org.nz with your contact details and some details about your needs or offers of assistance.

2 minute silence tomorrow
Maybe we could be part of this country wide remembrance. If you’re a woman and you’re in a public space for the 2 minute silence please consider wearing a head scarf as a small act of solidarity with the Muslim Community.

Also, a message from Nick (Our refugee resettlement co-ordinator)
What a crazy time, and I really appreciate the way everyone has stepped forward to do what has to be done. I sense now that we are moving out of the crisis phase and into long-term recovery. So please take time to do what floats your boat, get some rest, and start healing yourself.