Volunteered doctors and dentists to work at the infirmary of the
Peraliya refugee camp
Our relief teams would scheduled their visits to these camps and
daily and tried doing something different and worthwhile. On our
last day brethren from the Dehiwala church of Christ sent a truckload
of 100 relief goods (25kgs. each) which we distributed to Akurala
and Peraliya. We also had a farewell lunch at Akurala, where we
prayed together with the refugees and had a short message given
to them by bro. Sarath from Galle.
Let me share with you some excerpts from Larry Bucks daily
journals and how he spoke about the work that God allowed us to
do to bring glory to His name in Sri Lanka. Larry is the special
representative of Bread for a Hungry World, and he wrote:
Today started as a winding down day. The team from Manila
is leaving tonight. Everybody is exhausted. I think they have been
going on adrenalin and not realizing how tired their bodies really
It seems hard to believe, but one of our medical teams came
across a village a bit inland that had 1000 kids in it. There has
been only one visit from a doctor since the Tsunami. Many of the
families had come from the coast and had nothing. We have two medical
teams going back there today.
We all continue to discuss how God has used each of us like
pieces in a puzzle. Each and every person here has been allowed
the satisfaction of knowing that the work has been like a giant
puzzle and each has been a small part in making the picture. As
people come to know Jesus out of this campaign, which will happen,
all of us at home and here alike, will know we had the blessing
of knowing we were allowed to be involved in this opportunity....in
the history of this country,...has never known of any group of Christians
who has come and been able to freely operate as we have. Certainly,
never 38 Christians down deep in the lives of these people.
I am probably guilty of bragging on the Filipino Christians.
But when you watch them, in comparison to the other aid workers,
there is such a difference. A difference that others see as well.
There are no smoke breaks, no cursing, they ALWAYS smile at the
people with compassion; they treat all the other doctors and patients
with respect. There is no intellectual arrogance by our doctors.
You do witness this if you stay around these camp hospitals very
long. WE pray and worship at night instead of taking part in nightlife.
When we were putting this together. I was concerned about
whether 40 people would be the best use of the funds donated. There
are some of you who gave for strictly the humanitarian relief. Two
of us could have traveled here and given away all the money by ourselves.
While the boats, rope machines, and what ever else we give, is good
to get people back to some sort of life. The long term lasting change
and repair of these lives has been most impacted because of the
personal caring interaction of the Christians who came. I feel we
have been good stewards of the money you sent us here with, while
at the same time making changes that will last long after the boats
are in the scrap yard.
In all of this I think the best reward was to be told on our first
day by a man who had lost much in the tsunamiI now
believe that God is greater than Buddha! Because Jesus cares,
we were sent by God to Sri Lanka and we pray that the seeds of love
and caring grace that our Christian teams gave will one day bear
fruit when they rebuild their homes and their lives. We pray that
we can continue to build on this friendship and relationship we
have established with them, so that as they rebuild their lives,
they will learn to rebuild it on the foundation of Jesus our Lord
and Savior that will not be shaken, washed out or fall down.