Adventists respond to Far North Queensland floods

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In the aftermath of the devastating floods caused by ex-tropical cyclone Jasper, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in partnership with ADRA, is actively supporting affected communities in Far North Queensland where properties, public infrastructure and church members’ homes have been impacted.

Severe rainfall exceeding 2 meters has resulted in record-breaking floods across the region, with Cairns airport closed and many residents stranded due to damaged roads and rising waters. Local Adventist churches, including Innisfail and Mossman, have reported water damage due to persistent heavy rains.

According to Northern Australian Conference (NAC) ADRA director Pastor Chris Kirkwood, the disaster has affected seven churches and an indigenous community.

In response, ADRA and church volunteers from Townsville and Cairns have assembled more than 480 food hampers, with the first half already delivered to those in need in the Mareeba area.

Mareeba Adventist Church has been converted into an evacuation centre, providing shelter to five families during the crisis, under the leadership of Pastor Sean Tavai.

NAC president Pastor Simon Gigliotti reflected on the community’s resilience and the church’s role in the recovery efforts. “We are thinking of the people in the community of Cairns and praying for them. They’ve had a really hard time over the last week. I’m pleased and thankful that our Church has been able to offer, even if small, some assistance to the people in the community,” said Pastor Gigliotti.

The ongoing response from ADRA and the Church will involve cleaning, distribution of essential supplies and financial assistance.

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