New Zealand Christians Comforting Quake Survivors

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The death toll has climbed to at least 113 from this week's devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"There will be families receiving the worst kind of news in the next few days," Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Friday. "This is not just New Zealand's tragedy, it's a tragedy that will touch many families around the world."

The Christian community is working to deliver food, medicines and comfort to survivors.

Shine TV, a CBN partner in New Zealand, spoke with leaders of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church about the devastation.

"It is not about buildings. It is not about bricks and mortar. It is all about people. And the people are suffering horribly," Anglican Church Bishop Victoria Matthews said. "It's all about trying to be Christ's hands, feet and heart and voice and caring for the people that God loves."

"And it is also of course wrong to imagine that God is punishing people by disasters when they come. I mean Christ taught us very clearly that that is a false understanding of God," Catholic Church Bishop Barry Jones explained.

Government leaders are increasing their efforts to deliver water, food, and fuel to people in need.

Relief help also continues to arrive from other parts of the world.

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