07 May 2008

Myanmar Cyclone

A government that prides itself on standing on its own... with some help from neighboring China... has been brought to its knees...

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar on Saturday, which killed 22,000 people. Some 44,000 are missing or homeless... sadly the governments strong stand on not receiving outside support is currently only hurting their own people...

It is moments like these where the Body of Christ can rise up and show God's heart for all nations... especially those who have turned their backs on Him...

It is moments like these where the Body of Christ can show the compassion, mercy and... dare I say... the humanitarian heart of Christ...

New Missions Systems International has six missionaries near Myanmar's capitol city of Yangon, and is looking to deploy other aid workers from their organization...

While the UN is currently trying to compel Myanmar to accept aid... NMSI is one of a few organizations that has an invitation to bring in aid at this time...

The cyclone cut electricity in Yangon, a city of about 6.5 million people. Roofs were blown off homes and churches, and many homes were without water because of non-functional electricity-driven pumps.

Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar. Some of the housing in the city's outlying areas is what is known as tenement housing, with structures made of materials that could not stand up to a cyclone, he said.

NMSI's aid workers will work to bring food shipped in from the United States and emergency shelters to residents of those homes. They also will bring much-needed clean water.

Depending on the funds NMSI receives workers might also be able to help restart small businesses affected by the cyclone, as well as help people replace livestock that died because of the storm.

If you desire to be a part check out this link: www.nmsi.org/20080507MyanmarCyclone.aspx

1 comment:

kim barrera said...

New Mission Systems is still raising funds and we now have a team of americans, our missionaries and their local church congregations working in the Delta region, bringing aid in to the people. They can buy supplies in Yangon if they have the funds. This is the only way they can get aid out to the people in the Delta. None of the free aid brought into the country in the last month is being distributed to the local aid workers to take out to the people. They have not seen any of it even in the villages they are helping in the Delta. The Locals are doing it themselves, buying the supplies themselves. We can help them continue to reach those in need and help burry the bodies and clean up and rebuild the villages by donating funds to Cyclone relief at NMSI.org. Please help those who can not help themselves.
blessings Kim Barrera - part time mission worker to Myanmar