November 18, 2021
By Janice Biehn
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is now accepting donations towards an emergency response in British Columbia. The news of the destructive floods, especially after a particularly devastating fire season in the province, are moving Anglicans to reach out to offer support.
Since the floods began last week, PWRDF’s Humanitarian Relief Coordinator Naba Gurung has been monitoring the situation. Executive Director Will Postma has been in contact with the Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, who herself has reached out to the bishops in the Diocese of New Westminster and Kootenay, and leadership in the Territory of the People.
As with most in-Canada emergencies, the need for funds will grow in the weeks and months ahead as the flood waters recede and people begin the work of rebuilding, restoring and healing. “We know from past experience working in the region that the needs are great long after the urgent crisis is over,” says Gurung. PWRDF will continue conversations with the Dioceses and Territory as to how funds will be best used.
This Sunday at 5:30 p.m. EST, the Primate will join Archbishop Mark MacDonald in an online vigil for B.C. The Zoom details will be announced Friday in an e-blast from the Anglican Church of Canada. PWRDF will share this link as well.
How you can help:
You can give to PWRDF’s B.C. Flood Emergency Response by clicking here, or going to pwrdf.org/give-today and clicking on B.C Flood. You may also donate by phone at 416-822-9083 or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call, or mail your cheque to PWRDF, 80 Hayden, 3rd floor, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2. Please mark B.C. Flood in the memo line.
Yesterday, the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of B.C. and Yukon released a statement asking Canadians to join them in prayer:
God of compassion, we pray for all who have suffered losses and trauma because of this storm. We pray for those stranded or evacuated, and for those who have lost homes and livelihood. Bless and strengthen those providing food, shelter, and care; and all first responders and crews still working to rescue people and animals.
We give thanks for the courage and generosity of those responding to the crisis, for all the acts of neighborliness and kindness.
God of Life, give courage and healing to all who have been affected.
Give all leaders and responders endurance and resourcefulness.
May we each find ways to bring your comfort, hope and calm in the midst of this anxious time.
Strengthen our resolve to make the changes necessary to care for your Earth.
In the name of Christ our healer. Amen.