On Friday, September 28, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck just off the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, setting off a catastrophic tsunami that devastated the coastal city of Palu.

This disaster has killed more than 2,000 people and left 200,000 others in need of humanitarian assistance. 

The damage is widespread – thousands of buildings have collapsed, been swept away, or submerged by land or mudslides. Over 70,000 people have been displaced from their homes and are now sleeping in makeshift tents or without any shelter at all. Bridges and roads have been destroyed, cutting off many communities and making it difficult to get assistance to families in need.

World Renew has worked in Indonesia since 1984, and has strong connections with local churches and organizations in some of the communities most severely affected by this disaster. World Renew’s local partner has already provided emergency relief items to 100 families, and with further funding, is exploring ways to provide emergency kits and food to more families in need.  World Renew is committed to being your agency of choice to support survivors in the immediate aftermath of this disaster, and to walk with families as they recover and rebuild. 

Please pray for the people of Sulawesi, and for staff and partners on the ground who are helping to families in need, and give generously to World Renew’s Indonesia Earthquakes response.