New York, NY – July 17, 2014
The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) grieves the tragic loss of life due to the crash of Malaysian airline flight near the Ukrainian – Russian border. “We offer our condolences to all the families and friends who have lost love ones,” says Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the WEA.
While the exact reasons for the downing of the aircraft are still to be clarified, it appears to be a hostile act committed by people engaged in the ongoing conflict in this region. If this proves to be accurate, the WEA strongly condemns such violent action against innocent civilians who have no involvement in the conflict whatsoever.
“I am calling on our global family to pray for those who have lost family or friends as a result of the tragedy as well as the nations that grieve the loss of their citizens who were aboard the aircraft,” Dr. Tunnicliffe stated. “And once again we renew our call for prayer for Ukraine and the ongoing conflict in the region, that there be a peaceful and lasting solution.”
“This situation is a reminder that we all must work together to promote a peaceful approach to resolving conflict no matter how complicated,” he added, and said: “The WEA through its global family is committed to be an advocate and participant in peace-building and reconciliation amongst all people.”
Over two billion Christians in the world today are represented by three world church bodies. The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is one of those, serving and representing more than 600 million evangelicals. Launched in 1846 to unite evangelicals worldwide, the WEA continues to be a dynamic movement with 7 regional and 129 national Evangelical Alliances, and over 150 member organizations. WEA's mission is to speak as a trusted voice, to equip members and leaders for global impact and to connect its members and others for common action in the furtherance of God’s reign. For more info e-mail at [email protected] or go to Worldea.org.