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Date Posted: 17:11:04 12/30/04 Thu
Author: Chris
Subject: Help for wave victims

This is off topic, but I think important enough to break the netiquette. Probably many of us want to offer money for the victims of the recent wave disaster. We know that giving money to UBF is not a very good idea. But what do you think is the best organization to entrust a generous offering? Here is an appeal from the general secretary of the world evangelical alliance, Gary L. Edmonds (taken from http://www.ead.de/aktuell/?id=897). Would it be good to donate directly to the Evangelical Alliance?

Pray and Give Generously

All of us are fully aware of the devastating impact of the earthquake and tsunami on the people and lands of south Asia. The latest reported death toll is now 100,000 and rising. Literally millions from the entire world are affected by this disaster.

At this time we continue to stand united in our grief and prayer for these dear people. We can only imagine the acute suffering and dread that is afflicting the families and citizens across the vast region. Therefore, we continue to call on Christians to remember in our prayers those who are suffering and to give generously toward the relief interventions.

In the past three days, we have been receiving reports from leaders of Evangelical Alliances in the region and from associate organizations that are responding to the disaster.

In a telephone conversation with Rev. Godfrey Yogarajah of Sri Lanka who serves as the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, he reported that the situation on the ground is much worse than appears on the television news reports.

From our office, we have been taking steps to coordinate communication and relationships between some 15 Relief and Development organizations and the national evangelical alliances. There are significant steps being taken to work together and respond as quickly as possible. The most immediate needs as reported to us are to search for, identify and bury the dead and to secure clean water, food and medicines in order to avert the spread of other diseases.

In this time, the best response is to pray and give generously through appropriate channels. WEA is prepared to give details of organizations that are working in these nations and with whom we have relationship.

Pray specifically for:
• the strength of the workers and personnel who are searching for, identifying and burying the dead
• the timely arrival of adequate water, food and medicine
• those who are grieving and have lost loved ones
• the pastors and Christian leaders who are asked to provide counsel, spiritual comfort and hope
• the mobilization of resources to the needed locations
• the clean up and reconstruction process that will likely take years
• the compassion and splendor of God to be revealed in the midst of such devastation
• the coordination of the relief efforts
• protection from profiteering by those who will use tragedy for corrupt ends
I am enclosing a communication from Godfrey Yogarajah and the staff of the Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka.

Let us stand together in faith and action with the world in this time of great need.

Yours in Christ΄s service,

Gary Edmonds
Secretary General
World Evangelical Alliance

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