Condolences to the departed comrades of SCM Indonesia
WSCF Europe prays for the families and friends of the 14 victims of a volcano eruption in Indonesia, among them 7 members of local Student Christian Movement. This is the condolence letter from WSCF Asia Pacific:
It was with utter shock and disbelief we learnt about the tragic deaths of our comrades from Indonesia Student Christian Movement (ISCM) and people living in the Tana karo Regency region, North Sumatra due to the volcanic eruptions of Mount Sinabung.
On that direful day of 1st February 2014, seven members from Kutacane branch of ISCM, North Sumatra went to Suka Meriah village – Kabanjahe as part of the ecumenical visit for the refugee programme. The seven members visited the region prior to a bigger group’s visit due on 2nd February, to study the situation in the area. Members from 8 branches of ISCM, North Sumatra planned to join on the following day for an emergency relief work in Tana Karo Regency, North Sumatra for the victims of previous volcanic eruptions in the recent past in the refugee shelter nearby and to warn the farmers who were in the refugee shelter to refrain from climbing up for plucking coffee beans, since the poor farmers continued their work for their livelihood despite the warnings. For the last 3 months all the members of ISCM are raising funds to help the victims of the volcanic eruption since October 2013. While they were within relatively “safe distance” of the Volcano, suddenly the volcano erupted, spewing ash and sulfur gas and engulfed the people before they could runaway to save their lives.
This incident is certainly a horrific tragedy which claimed 14 lives and many injured and are in critical conditions. All the Seven SCMers from Indonesia on this ecumenical visit were dead!. WSCF AP mourns with the ISCM communities and expresses her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, friends and their loved ones. This is a great loss not only for the ISCM but for the whole federation, Church and society to lose these brave young students who had dared to help the victims under hazardous conditions near the volcano. We thank God for the life of Ms. Fitri Napitupulu (Chairperson of Kutacane Branch of Indonesian SCM), Mr. Marudut Sihite (Secretary of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Santun Siregar (Board member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Julfandi Siregar (Board member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Daniel Siagian (a member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), Mr. Asran Lubis (a member of Kutacane Branch of ISCM), and Mr. Mahal Surbakti (Board member of Kabanjahe Branch of ISCM)
They will always remain in our hearts for their bravery and commitment to help the needy and will continue to inspire their fellow SCMers.
May the departed souls rest in peace and be a driving force for all of us.
With sincere sympathy and solidarity,
Regional Secretary – WSCF AP
Among prayers, we can help raise funds for the bereaved families . Assistance can be channelized to the bank account number 122-00-0509990-1 KCP an RSCM Jakarta GERAKAN MAHASISWA KRISTEN INDONESIA . (If you wish to contribute, please confirm to 6285297200823 ( Treasurer/Lisbeth ) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for the administration report. Please also inform WSCF Asia Pacific and Inter-Regional Office of WSCF)