Grenfell Tower Fire

Following on from the two recent terrorist attacks in London, the Grenfell Tower Fire, in the early hours of Wednesday 14 June, has been yet another tragedy for our great city of London this year.

As Christians, let us continue in prayer, with greater intensity, for the safety, peace and prosperity of our City and nation.

On Thursday morning, a team from Jesus House visited the site of the fire tragedy which has so far claimed at least 17 lives and left 68 in hospital (with 18 in critical condition). Babies and young children are feared to be in comas with numerous people suffering from smoke inhalation amongst other injuries. Hundreds more are currently displaced and homeless with their lives and livelihoods (in some cases) shattered. Over 200 firefighters have valiantly fought the blaze with emergency services also providing support to evacuate the block.

The team from Jesus House visited the various centres which had been setup mainly by churches in the community to assess the on-going support effort and to determine where further support / donations were required.

We are fortunate to be part of a dynamic and growing network of churches. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) demonstrated situational leadership by starting to respond from as early as 4am (just three (3) hours after the incident started. Those early calls for prayers for residents caught up in the incident may very well have saved so many lives.

The Central Office has been working closely with the RCCG churches nearest to North Kensington to ascertain the welfare of church members and to mobilise members of the various parishes to help with donation of relief materials to demonstrate the love of Christ to the victims.

As things currently stand, there are sufficient supplies of food, clothes, toiletries, toys and other physical requirements. Volunteers are also in abundant supply as the generous British spirit and Christian value has once again shone through.

We have now linked up with local churches and have assured them of our support both in the place of prayers and physically. These are still early days and as the dust settles new needs are likely to emerge. We will continue to monitor the situation and bring further updates.