A young girl in a displacement camp in Sri Lanka leans on her mother's arm as she has a hot breakfast of bread and chicken. Southern Baptist workers continue to assist many such survivors of the tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka's coastline. Photo by Roy Burroughs
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--As ministry to Asian tsunami survivors begins the transition from emergency relief to long-term recovery, Southern Baptist gifts to the aid effort through the International Mission Board have topped $10 million.
By Feb. 17, total contributions received from Southern Baptist churches and individuals for tsunami aid had surpassed $10,209,000 -- an unprecedented outpouring of compassion over such a short period, according to IMB finance officials.
So far, about $2.5 million has been disbursed for nearly 50 aid projects across South and Southeast Asia, ranging from food and water distribution, medical care, temporary shelter and sanitation to providing fishing nets and reconstruction materials for villagers struggling to rebuild their lives and communities.
Many more projects will be funded in the months to come, said Jim Brown, the mission board’s specialist for world hunger and relief ministries. They will support ongoing relief as well as longer-term efforts to help ravaged communities recover and rebuild. Every penny given will go to tsunami-related ministry. Read More