March 12, 2011
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) joins the Asia Evangelical Alliance (AEA) in expressing shock and grief at the tragedy and devastation caused by the earthquake yesterday. The WEA has communicated its love and deep concern to the people of Japan through its member, the Japan Evangelical Alliance (JEA). In a brief response from the General Secretary of JEA, Kiyoshi Gushiken said, “People are still in fear, please pray for us”.
Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of WEA said, “We are grieving for the people of Japan at this time as they come to grips with the reality of the impact of this disaster. We want to assure our brothers and sisters that we are praying for them now and in the coming days as they respond to this national disaster.”
Dr. Tunnicliffe further states, “While Japan only has small percentage of Christians, we know that already many have moved into action to respond with love and care. We are also aware that international agencies that are members of WEA have launched response teams and disaster appeals. I urge the WEA family to pray and respond with generosity. Now is the time to stand with the Church in Japan”
Members responding to Japan:
The World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations and global networks. The WEA is the world's largest association of evangelical Christians serving a constituency of 600 million people. The WEA is a voice to governments, media, and other faith communities and holds consultative status at the United Nations.