ATTN: The Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand
Rt. Rev. Peter Cheyne
Moderator General Assembly
The Very Rev. Dr. Graham Redding
Rev. Martin Baker
Assembly Executive Secretary
The Very Rev. Pamela Tankersley
Global Mission Coordinator
Rev. Stuart Vogel
Secretary, Council of Asian Congregations
In the aftermath of today&rsquos fatal earthquake in Christchurch we send you these few words of deep condolences and concern.  We continue to follow the news reports which indicate the magnitude of the quake and we understand that more than sixty persons to date have lost their lives but there are real fears the numbers could raise as the emergency recovery work continues.
We appreciate you have much to do at this point but we wanted to let you know sisters and brothers in Taiwan mourn with you and pray for the victims and families.  Not to mention the major tasks ahead for your people and government in the coming weeks and months.
It is even more real and personal to us when we recall it is but a few months ago we had the privilege of attending your General Assembly meeting in Christchurch &ndash at that time we were thankful the damage from last September&rsquos earthquake was mostly to property.
We will wait further word from you once the situation becomes clearer.
Our hearts and prayers are with you all – the Lord be your strength, wisdom and comforter.
Sincerely yours in Christ
Rev. Lai Hsien-Chang (Benjamin)
Moderator PCT 55th General Assembly
Rev. Chang Te-Chien (Andrew)
PCT General Secretary