Springtime in Japan is a time of commencement and new beginnings. Graduation usually is in mid-March and the new school year begins April 1st. Cherry blossoms also help make it one of the most beautiful times of the year. For Christians this time also coincides with the celebration of Easter. New beginnings, new life, new commitments!
In China, many of the new pastors are women, and during the 50 years when Christianity was prohibited, women kept the church alive by opening their homes to "family churches."
Having lived through ten years of war in Jaffna, while teaching at Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls College for the UCBWM, now Global Ministries, I thought I had seen the worst. Indeed, the destruction wrought by the government upon the Tamil people of the north was heart-rending. The tsunami left me emotionally paralyzed, the scope of it being so huge. I kept asking myself what I could do. I have sent money, more than I have ever sent for any previous disaster, manmade or natural.Read more
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Greetings from Australasia,
The tragedy of the Boxing Day Tsunami has gravely touched the Australian shores as we are a neighbor to the countries devastated. Numerous Australian police and university students have been involved in the response and relief work. Numerous families living here have lost loved ones, families "at home" and families on holiday. Yesterday, 16 January, was declared a national day of mourning, and services were held throughout the country, in churches and civic centers.
Dear Family and Friends,
It was wonderful to be back in the United States for more than three months at the end of last year and spend time with my family and see many friends again. This joy, however, quickly turned to sorrow as the Dec. 26 tsunami hit many countries in South and Southeast Asia as well as East Africa just before I returned to Hong Kong. Stories and photographs of the destruction and people’s pain filled pages of our newspapers for days. As I write this letter, nearly 234,000 people have been confirmed dead, making it the sixth worst natural disaster in history. Our organization, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), has done something we have never done before as a result of the tsunami—become involved in disaster relief. Because of our human rights network in various parts of Sri Lanka, we were able to ascertain people’s immediate needs quickly and send clothes, medicine, school supplies and computers to assist in the identification of the victims. Several schools in Hong Kong collected clothes that were shipped for free by Hong Kong’s major airline. The process of rebuilding though will obviously be a long one. In this regard, we are now ascertaining how we might best be involved to ensure that a rights-based approach is utilized in the reconstruction.