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Friday, January 07, 2005

Christians Comfort Tsunami Victims

January 7, 2005

The help that Christians bring isn't always measured in terms of money or food and medicines.

Often it's expressed in the comfort Christians give to those who have lost loved ones.

Gospel for Asia has thousands of workers ministering to victims in Sri Lanka and India, in the wake of the tsunami damage.

GFA—Sri Lanka Director Rev. Lal Vanderwall tells us how Christians are bringing healing to people in those areas.

Vanderwall said, “Mainly these people who are affected by this, they pour out their hearts — by speaking out, you know. So then there should be some people who listen to them and comfort them, and say a few kind words to them. So basically, Christians, I believe, listen to people: their story, their pain, their agony that they express in words.”

“And then,” he added, “Christians have something to offer to help—that only Jesus can bring real comfort.”


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