Thursday, 18 February 2016

Recovery takes time in bushfire-affected communities

I've been on the ground in the South Australia Synod running chaplaincy and team leader training after devastating bushfires in Pinery and Sampson's Flat in November last year.

Wendy Perkins in her disaster recovery role has the responsibility of coordinating the disaster recovery chaplaincy response to relief centres and teaming with other agencies checking in on families in the affected communities.

They've visited over 900 properties burned in the Pinery fire from last December and continuing to address the ongoing needs from the Sampson’s Flat fire from over a year ago – a reminder that these things take a lot of time.

Much of my year ahead is shaping up to be organising training, and I'm currently organising chaplaincy training courses in NSW and planning with Unitingworld for training in the Pacific with our partner churches in Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

These nations are particularly vulnerable to the results of climate change, and it is vital that the church works as a whole to bring assistance as they prepare to care for the people of their nations in difficult times.

Also, I have written a reflection for Easter through the eyes of disaster recovery, featured in the latest edition of NSW/ACT Synod magazine Insights.