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Tsunami Update

December 28, 2004

This just in from our national headquarters about the relief efforts in Asia and more about our churches and missionaries there:

The largest earthquake to hit anywhere in the world in 40 years shook the earth from the depths of the Indian Ocean on Christmas Day. The 9.0 tremor produced an outward “ripple effect” of tsunamis that reached India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Sumatra, and Thailand, killing more than 40,000 people and leaving more than a million homeless.

There are currently no reports of Alliance workers or churches being directly affected by the devastating tidal waves. However, Dalat International School in Penang, Malaysia, lost its seawall and received some damage to campus buildings that are near the beach. Because of the holidays, school was not in session, so C&MA missionary children were not at Dalat. Malaysia sustained less damage than other countries because it lies east of Sumatra and was protected by the larger island.

Ironically, CAMA Services recently sent David and Judy Phillips to work with earthquake victims in Nabire, West Papua, Indonesia, which is about 1,000 miles from area of Indonesia affected by the tsunami. The Phillips are providing food, construction aid, and medical care to many Alliance and non-Alliance people affected by the earthquake that struck there in late November.

Alliance mission leaders are monitoring the disaster and plan to partner with other Christian relief agencies to assist victims of the tragedy. To contribute to this effort, send funds to CAMA Services at P. O. Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3500.

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