16 September 2011
Praying for the miners
A Welsh leader is urging the nation to pray for the miners trapped in the Gleision colliery.
The men have been underground since the morning of 15 September and rescue services are working around the clock to rescue the men. The body of an unnamed miner has been discovered.
Elfed Godding, national director Evangelical Alliance Wales said: "This is a shocking event and our thoughts and prayers are with the miners and their families. Wales has a long tradition of mining and coal miners have always occupied a special place in the hearts of the nation. My own father and both my grandfathers were miners, and I'm sure virtually every Welsh family has some association with this industry.
I would urge everyone in Wales today to spend a few moments praying for these men and their families, asking that they might know hope and peace in their terrible ordeal. I'm sure it would help the families to know that the nation is backing them in prayer."
In order to mobilise to pray for the situation, people are encouraged to use social media especially twitter, using the #prayfortheminers tag.
Notes to Editors
Evangelical Alliance Wales was started in 1990 and is a part of the UK Evangelical Alliance and the World Evangelical Alliance, both established in 1846 – the latter of which today has a global membership of 380 million. Evangelical Alliance Wales represents Christians and churches from within over 20 denominations in Wales to the government and media. The Evangelical Alliance Wales has a Media Voice Team that can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Evangelical Alliance
We are the largest and oldest body representing the UK’s two million evangelical Christians. For more than 165 years, we have been bringing Christians together and helping them listen to, and be heard by, the government, media and society. We’re here to connect people for a shared mission, whether it’s celebrating the Bible, making a difference in our communities or lobbying the government for a better society. From Skye to Southampton, from Coleraine to Cardiff, we work across 79 denominations, 3,500 churches, 750 organisations and thousands of individual members. And we're not just uniting Christians within the UK – we are a founding member of the World Evangelical Alliance, a global network of more than 600 million evangelical Christians. For more information, go to www.eauk.org.