Indigenous Missionaries Reaching Cyclone Victims In Remote Areas in Burma

June 24, 2008

During the very first days of the cyclone disaster a ministry supported by Christian Aid reported that a sister ministry located in Thailand was able to travel to and fro, bringing goods into Burma without incident. (This sister ministry is an outreach to persecuted Burmese who have fled to Thailand.) While help from foreign agencies was constantly thwarted by the government, indigenous missionaries were able to start work immediately because of their status as "locals," and because of the timely gifts from Christian Aid donors.

Cyclone victims cling to life, but the death toll will keep rising due to hunger, a lack of water and squalid living conditions. Disease will ultimately kill these victims, if medical attention is not given.

Indigenous missionaries traveling to assist cyclone victims

Day-to-day survival of the 2.5 million displaced people has taken precedence over all else. It is estimated that it will take at least six months before even minimal restoration can be made to the massive physical destruction.

But the spiritual crisis and the restoration of lives will take much longer to heal. A ministry leader described the desolation soon after the cyclone hit: "Everything looks so dark. We are stunned from the shock, in a stupor – numb." Native missionaries are praying that they will have the means to be able reach more people with God´s love and give them hope.