On Monday, 28 October, Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, A Rocha International CEO, together with his wife Susanna, were involved in an horrific car accident in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter and the driver of the car are being treated at a local hospital and are in a stable condition. We await further news on their progress.

We received this sad news from Murray Tessendorf, chairperson of A Rocha South Africa. The joint Ecology task team of URCSA and the DRC Western Cape, under the leadership of the ministries of Poverty and Care and Witness, had a long and strong relationship with A Rocha SA. The late Johan Botha and former MSS (Minister in Synodical Service) of the Witness Ministry of our two churches was a founder member of A Rocha South Africa and Carl Swart, former MSS of Badisa, was Murray Tessendorf’s predecessor as chairperson of A Rocha SA. A Rocha also took part in the Conference on Poverty and Ecology that the Ecology Task team organised in 2013.

On behalf of the Witness Ministry of URCSA and the DRC Western Cape we express our deep sympathy with A Rocha International and the family members of Miranda, Chris and Susanna and we pray for the speedy recovery of Peter and the driver. May God bring healing and wholeness in and through the wounds inflicted by this tragic event.

We call on all the congregations of URCSA and the DRC to please pray for A Rocha and the families involved.

The full press statement released by A Rocha International can be read here: https://www.arocha.org/en/press-statement/.