A quake survivor where her house once stood. Photo: UNHCR/Ritzau Scanpix
A quake survivor where her house once stood. Photo: UNHCR/Ritzau Scanpix

The Macau branch of the Jesus Alive Ministry (JAM) will hold a “Day of Prayer & Fundraising for the Victims of 2018 Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami” on Sunday and hopes to have Indonesians and locals join the event.

The event will be held from 4pm to 6pm on October 14 in the 3rd floor auditorium of the Macau Assembly of God Church on Rua de Ferreira do Amaral.

A statement from the church said: “What’s most important is that we come together and pray for the areas hit by the quake and tsunami to recover as soon as possible. The devastation in Central Sulawesi is beyond our imagination. The local authorities there as well as several relief organizations are still working very hard to help those areas, particularly the cities of Palu and Donggala.

“Yes, we would love everyone to donate to help the people of Central Sulawesi who have been displaced and lost everything, but a little act of support like simply coming to this Sunday’s event just to join in prayer with us, to me, is more than enough already. It shows that Macau people also care about others living in other countries.

“And Indonesians make up one of the biggest migrant groups in town. The Indonesian migrant workers have helped locals a lot. I think it’s only normal that anyone who has an Indonesian friend or worker or with any other connection with Indonesia, like the Chinese-Indonesians or Yan Nei Va Kio in Macau, is expected to join such an event.”

The prayer-fundraising event will have some singing and dancing performances from several local Indonesian migrant groups, including Srikandi Macau and Peduli BMI Macau.

Locally-based Australian artist Denis Murrel has also donated two of his painted umbrellas for auction, while local Filipino children’s book author Bei Terra will give 10 of her books to be sold, with all the proceeds being donated to the quake-tsunami victims.

A JAM spokesperson told Kumbang Toh! News last week: “JAM church is collaborating with Jakarta-based Christian channel, Pijar TV, who will visit and distribute the donations in the form of goods to some of the Central Sulawesi areas worst hit by the devastating quake-tsunami,” while also documenting the whole relief efforts as a report and follow-up on the funds donated from Macau.

The spokesperson also revealed to local media groups last week that an Indonesian member of the Taipa-based international church, who hailed from Central Sulawesi, lost nine family members in the quake-tsunami.

More than 2,000 people have been reported killed since the tremor struck on October 28, with thousands still missing. More than 70,000 people are still in evacuation centers across the devastated province, Indonesian media reported.

There are more than 6,000 Indonesian migrant workers in Macau in addition to several hundred Indonesian citizens holding Macau permanent resident ID cards, as well as the city’s bulk of so-called Yan Nei Va Kio – returned overseas Chinese from Indonesia, believed to number more than 20,000 people.

For more information about the fundraising, contact 6382 3830 or e-mail JesusAlive@mail.com. Donations can also be made to the UNHCR.