Christian Aid for Thailand Flood Victims

October 17, 2011

Indigenous missionaries have organized a flotilla of small boats to deliver disaster relief along with a strong witness for Christ to flood victims here. They are being assisted with help from Christian Aid Mission of Charlottesville, Virginia, which has set up an emergency fund to send relief to the most affected areas.

"The monsoons this year have been some of the worst in history," says the Southeast Asian Director at Christian Aid, "streets and roads have turned into canals and small boats have replaced cars - local missionaries have organized whole congregations to reach out to their stranded neighbors." Hundreds of small boats and volunteers are already engaged in the effort.

Indigenous missionaries need emergency funds from Christian Aid to rent more rescue boats, purchase gasoline and deliver emergency food packages, water, dry bedding, and medicine as well as gospel literature.

Over 600 have been killed in the Central plains of Thailand and Cambodia since the current floods began in July, and the death toll continued to climb over the weekend as the floodwaters breached the inner walls and dykes of Bangkok. A combination of monsoon rain, floods, mudslides and high tides have coincided to create some of the highest waters in history on the Mekong and Chao Phraya Rivers. Many lowland areas in the central plains have been under water for six weeks now.

Christian missions to migrants and illegal refugees are in special need. One missionary leader assisted by Christian Aid said that "Migrant workers have been facing more difficulties because they are not on the help lists and not registered in their communities. They are denied assistance by government and NGO charities because they don't legally exist." Many of these are Christian refugees of persecution in nearby Burma.

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