cross story

 prayer wins

amidst destruction


On February 3rd 1931 at 10.47 am a violent earthquake struck the east coast Hawkes Bay region on New Zealand’s North Island. There was enormous destruction in the Town of Napier especially throughout the business district. Many buildings were severely damaged or destroyed in the quake however fires that broke out in chemist shops quickly added to the devastation burning through the damaged  structures and scorching any standing  wooden ones.

The trinity Methodist Church pictured here survived the earthquake and fires and was surrounded by desolation. Some say a miracle occurred that day.

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21 thoughts on “cross story

  1. It probably was a miracle. What are the chances that the church survived? Well, at least. I’d like to think that it is a miracle. With all that’s going on these day, the world needs a miracle.

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    1. There seems to be no logical reason why it should not have burnt down, although firefighters did some protection on it, but first it was almost undamaged from a huge earthquake . Who knows, With god , she does move in mysterious ways!

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  2. Earthquakes always scared me and you know we are living on the North Anatolian Fault Line. We had several tragic days about this. So I know the feelings and the fear of these moments. I do believe in miracle things, this should be one of them dear Denis. I pray for all these families who lost their lovers. We never forget them. This was a nice post for remembering, our prayers for them. Thank you, Love, nia


    1. Thanks for your thoughts Nia. It must be so challenging to be living on a fault line. In Tokyo I slept through an earthquake and while we were in New Zealand last year my wife felt tremors but I didn’t.

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      1. To feel tremors is a very scary experience. I have so many experiences from my childhood to todays… Welcome dear Denis, hope and wish not happen again. Have a nice day, Love, nia

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  3. Another intriguing story (I am thinking of your gravestone post which I read first). Your haiku presents a possible explanation…makes me wonder if there were people lucky to survive that day within the safety of the church. The church itself has a pleasing look both in design and upkeep.


    1. AS far as I know from my reading no-one would have sheltered there as the fires raged. It is maintained both as a church and a monument to the earthquake and the re-emergence of Napier.

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