An earthquake beneath the island of Nias sent people into a panic throughout the western islands and coastal areas of Sumatra. The earthquake registered 8.7 on the Richter scale and immense damage and substantial loss of life occurred on Nias and Simeuleu Island.Read more
Southern Asia TsunamiRead more
In November of 2004, I celebrated two years at CMC in Vellore. A lot has happened in those two years, but what I am most proud of is the team we have put together in the Palliative Care Unit. The grace of God put the right people in the right place at the right time and the result was this current team.Read more
Dear Friends, This is Sri Lanka’s Independence Day. I just read the headlines on Tamilnet, the Internet voice of the Tigers, where I read that black banners have been put up in many places in Jaffna, and at the University of Jaffna banana stalks were tied to the gateposts, a ritual used for funerals. Most Jaffna Tamils consider today a day of mourning because their troubles began with the departure of the British in 1948, although discriminatory legislation was not passed until … I think it was 1956 or ‘57! That was the Sinhala only law.Read more
Yesterday several Jaffna College teachers took a busload of senior students to Manelkadu, on the east coast of the peninsula, to gain some first-hand experience with the impact of the tsunami. It’s part of their group project work, which usually just involves doing a couple of interviews or some book research on a random topic, but this time we wanted them to do something more practical and hands-on, with real results. Under the guidance of the young, energetic CSI pastor, Pastor Rohan, who works in that area, we visited the Kudathany refugee camp for people who lost their homes, and most of who lost family members as well.Read more
Dear Friends & Supporters:
Warmest greetings to you from "warming up" Kathmandu, Nepal! Although it is still no fun
sitting around in unheated offices and homes all day long, there is a gradual change coming about. In a few months we will be complaining about the monsoon rain and the mud again!