Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC) General Secretary Rev James Bhagwan has written to Pacific church leaders seeking prayer for affected communities following the La Soufrière volcanic eruption in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This came after he received a request for prayers of solidarity from the Caribbean Council of Churches’ General Secretary Gerard Grenado.

Government officials from neighbouring Caribbean countries had pledged support, especially in receiving evacuees from St. Vincent, and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) also expressed its readiness to assist. At least 6,000 people had been evacuated, with some received by private citizens of other Caribbean countries who opened their homes.

In his letter, Mr Grenado appealed for prayer for the safety of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for those who have lost their loved ones and their homes and for the continuing generosity of spirit and action by Caribbean states who have manifested the practical love of neighbour. Read more:

Image caption: An aerial view in the red zone impacted by the La Soufrière volcano eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Image credit: UN Barbados OECS/ Bajanpro