Ryan and I have been in Christchurch the past few days for end-of-the-year trainings. One of the "activities" planned today was to visit the central business district of Christchurch, which is still closed to the public due to the earthquake damage. We met with a pastor of St. John's church (above), one of the oldest churches in Christchurch, that was destroyed in the Feb 22nd earthquake. We heard about his heart for his city, and he feels like his role is in the new Christchurch.
And here is St. John's today.
Here is a view down towards the city. It's not a very good picture, but the city which should be bustling is now completely silent. Except for bulldozers.
It was a very sobering experience. Buildings and houses crumbling everywhere, but there is hope that the aftershocks are slowing.