“This disaster is not a punishment from God, BUT the disaster helps us not to forget God”. These are the words of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in the Province of Melanesia, the Most Reverend David Vunagi in an interview with ACOM Communications early this week.
During his visit to the evacuation centers on Sunday 6 April, Archbishop David urged the flood victims not to see the disaster as a punishment from God.
“May be this is a time when we learn that we must know God and be God centered and God focused in our lives”, Archbishop David said in an interview.
“My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow and difficulties”, Archbishop David said.
Archbishop David called on all the nine dioceses within the Province of Melanesia to come onboard and support the Government and other stakeholders who are in the field addressing the need of those who suffer from the disaster.
According to a report by Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) Disaster Committee, it would appear most of the Honiara victims will be Anglican members. This is because Tuvaruhu and Koa Valley parishes are amongst the most affected areas in the flash floods that hit Honiara and parts of Guadalcanal on the 3rd day of April 2014, a member from the ACOM Disaster Committee said.
Apart from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO), NGOs, International agencies, Church groups and individuals, the Diocese of Central Melanesia (DOCM ) has already taken a leading role in responding to the needs of these victims.
Government, NGOs, Churches and other organizations are all working together in responding to the needs of those who were badly affected by the deadly floods.