Saturday, March 10, 2007

Tsunami of People...
Luke and I will meet a fresh wave of internally displaced peoples from the renewed civil war fighting in Sri Lanka. We have been contacted to go meet this massive wave of needy people with some sort of help. I know what this means as again we reach to needy people without basic toiletries and food. I am kind of overwhelmed this evening as I write this as I detest being limited to help. 100,000 people... I know what it will take, $100,000 is only a dollar per person but I am honestly tired of asking tonite and getting the "here comes the missionary look". I will continue to ask as it is not for me, it is to help relieve some hunger or pain, milk for a baby crying, medicines and blankets... I do know what will cost very little; a smile and a heart of compassion and love.
When the tsunami hit in 2004 we were in the battle, then Katrina, the refugee camps in Somalia, the lepers in India, etc... Human suffering gets to be a heavy load but we all know what the answer is... Jesus! They that call upon the name of the Lord will be saved, Romans 10:13
We ask your prayers and call to action...
Here is a report of the fresh wave of people displaced from their homes from the fighting in Sri Lanka.
More than 100,000 people displaced in east Sri Lankan district after heavy fighting
Associated Press, Sat March 10, 2007 13:38 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ The number of refugees in eastern Sri Lanka went past 100,000, after heavy fighting in rebel-held parts of the island has forced 15,000 civilians to flee their homes in the past two days, the Red Cross said on Saturday.
Battles have escalated in recent days between government troops and separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in parts of the country's rebel strongholds, after a few weeks' lull.
International Committee of the Red Cross official Davide Vignati said that since November about 105,000 displaced people have fled to government-controlled refugee camps in the eastern district of Batticaloa _ the largest number of displaced persons in one district.
The Tigers have been fighting since 1983 to create a separate state in the north and east for the country's ethnic Tamil minority, following decades of discrimination by the Sinhalese majority. The conflict left about 65,000 people dead before the government and rebels signed a Norway-brokered cease-fire in 2002.
However, renewed fighting has left about 4,000 more people dead and at least 200,000 displaced in Sri Lanka since late 2005, when the cease-fire faltered, European truce monitors say.

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