As a way to help with the situation in Myanmar, the relief arm of Campus Crusade, GAiN USA, is partnering with local churches to distribute relief goods. If you would like to contribute to that effort, you can do so at this page. The situation there is still extremely dire. The prayer requests that we have been asked to keep in mind are these:
- For the plans just developed by the Southeast Asia leadership to distribute food and simple supplies to 20,000 affected families in Myanmar through partnerships with local churches.
- For the training of 8,000 believers from 200 churches to distribute these goods and to be bearers of the gospel and Christ’s love. You can imagine all the funding and logistics needed to accomplish this.
- For God to open doors and to give supernatural strength and wisdom.
The situation in China is also critical. With the aftershocks, threats of flooding and dams breaking, things are far from getting settled. Much like Myanmar, China is a closed nation to Crusade staff. But through our partners there, we are able to pass on aid and relief. If you would like to help with that effort, you can give here.
The GAinUSA page is a great place to get the best information on what Campus Crusade is doing to help in both countries.
As the page for earthquake relief in China says, my intent is not to make anyone feel pressured to give. My purpose is that I know many of you are very generous and caring people. I am sure that as you have watched all this on the news, you’ve wondered, like I have, what you can do. I just pass this on so that you have a way to provide meaningful aid to the people in these devestated countries. So if you feel lead by God to help financially with these situations, here are two ways you can do so.
I don’t know what to say. I’m struggling to get my head around what is happening in Burma and now this. It’s hard to imagine. At least in China the government is concerned for the welfare of the people and is taking rapid steps to do what it can, as opposed to the junta in Myanmar where they would apparently rather see people die than chance losing their grip on power.
As you may know from the protests surrounding the Olympic torch, China is not as open as some countries. So there is one similarity to Burma. If there were CCCI staff in China, I couldn’t tell you about them. I did a quick google and various sources I found put the number of Christians in China at anywhere from 50 – 80 million or so. I am praying that they will have an opportunity to share the love of Christ with their neighbors – during this time of tragedy.
I am sure that we are going to have plenty of opportunities to show that love as well – especially in the form of assistance to the people over there. I hope and pray that we will do as we have in the past and share generously with people who had much less than we did when things were going well – and now are in dire conditions.
What is happening in Myanmar right now is truly tragic. It is probably even more difficult to accept because of situations like the seizure of food meant for relief. This may make it easy to understand that the government there does not recognize or allow Crusade staff into their country. So if there were any, we would not be able to tell you about them or talk directly about their work.
I can say that there are Christians with connections to that part of the world doing what they can with local churches and believers to try and bring some relief to the people affected by the storm. Even though the government is very much blocking relief efforts, there is some relief work going on and I think it is an important time for us to be in prayer for the people of Burma. Please pray that those who are trying to help would be a witness to the love of Christ for those people. Pray for their safety and help. You can pray for a plan that will bring food to 20,000 families in some of the worst hit areas as well as training going on for 8,000 local believers from 200 churches who will be doing the distribution.
I am also praying that the government of Myanmar would relent and allow the international community in so that relief efforts could be accelerated. While it is exciting to hear that 20,000 families may be getting help, obviously the scope of the problem is much larger than that.