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Southern Baptists saving lives, sharing love after earthquake

GUNUNG SITOLI, Nias, Indonesia (BP)--Five days after a major earthquake rocked Nias, Indonesia, Singaporean relief workers recovered a survivor from the rubble in the capital, Gunung Sitoli. They were using tools provided by Southern Baptists.

Workers in Indonesia quake zone seek survivors, request prayer

SUMATRA, Indonesia (BP)--Southern Baptist workers are still facing emergency conditions on the Indonesian island of Nias, hit hard by a March 28 earthquake, according to the wife of one team member. They’re focusing their work in the capital city, Gunung Sitoli.

SBC missionary Cami Ramsey dies; ‘just had a heart for people’

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Southern Baptist missionary Carolyn (Cami) Ramsey died Feb. 12 in Temple, Texas, after suffering a massive stroke two days earlier. She was 64.

‘You do not go alone,’ Rankin tells 54 new IMB missionaries

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Growing up in the Soviet Union, Olga Gilbert had never heard of God or the Bible. Then she stumbled onto an opportunity to translate for missionaries. Through her relationship with them, God led her to faith in Christ and opened her eyes to her country’s spiritual void.

Tsunami missionaries heartbroken, hopeful

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God's hands, voice, face
Debbie McDowell (left), South Carolina director of missions mobilization, and Ed Cox (right), director of the International Mission Board International Prayer Strategy Office, share breakfast with families who lost their homes to the Dec. 26 tsunami. Southern Baptists ministering to survivors pray they'll be God's hands, voice and face. Photo courtesy of the IMB
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--As coordinator for Southern Baptist disaster relief in Asia, "Pat Julian"* has seen a lot of heartbreak. But the aftermath of the recent tsunami is different.
      "The hopelessness in the eyes of the people and the suffering that has begun are scarring my emotions and soul as they have never been touched before," he said.
      As he and his team have assessed damage and worked to meet needs, they've seen scene after scene of heartbreak. They've watched the living searching for the dead and wondering why they weren't killed too. They've been tempted to become angry when they see children left with no parents.
      As one man showed bodies entangled in wreckage to Julian's team, the man's face suddenly contorted, and he began to wail. He had just found the body of his older sister.

Southern Baptist tsunami relief gifts, now at $2.7 million, meet physical & spiritual needs

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Children have clean clothes and families have shelter. The sick have medicine and the hungry have food. The thirsty have water -- and the hopeless are hearing about Jesus. All because of your gifts.
      As of Jan. 12, Southern Baptists had given $2.7 million through the International Mission Board Asia Earthquake Disaster Relief fund. Every penny will be used to ease the suffering of those affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami in Asia.
      In Sri Lanka, relief gifts have provided school uniforms for children whose homes and clothes were destroyed. And they’ve given safe drinking water, food and shelter to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others. “Your gifts have gone directly to boys, girls, men, women, grieving families -- people who have lost everything,” reported David Garrison, regional leader for board work in South Asia. A video of his report from Sri Lanka is available for viewing or downloading at http://imb.org.