On December 26th, 2004, the Asian Tsunami struck and left over 230,000 dead in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India. Volunteers from these countries immediately lept into action, bringing relief and comfort to the victims of this tradgedy.
I want to again thank you for your kind offer to help with the costs of the various inspirational and enriching audio and visual materials as well as the uplifting printed Word for the tsunami victims and survivors in Phuket.
By the time I arrived in Phuket, coworkers Hanna and Mike had already been there for a couple of days, and had helped with–among other things—translating and orientation for Scandinavian relatives of some of those that were missing.
Our Southeast Asia mission bases are working night and day to help relieve the suffering in Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this terrible disaster. Our heartfelt sympathy and earnest prayers are with the victims and we are sending support to help enable our mission bases to do all they can in the form of encouragement and aid in this time of need.
Arriving in Phuket, we first went to the city hall which was the coordination center for the relief efforts in the area. The atmosphere there was one of desperation and uncertainty as relatives searched for missing loved ones and rescue teams headed out to the worst hit areas to look for survivors—or more likely, the bodies of those who had perished in the disaster. Bulletin boards lined the driveway and hallways, covered with pictures of those who had not yet been found.