When the tsunami struck Sri Lanka in December of 2004, we discovered the amazing power of a local church in action. As contributions poured in from around the world, we were able to immediately mobilize a team from our church in Colombo and begin helping disaster victims. The Colombo church was able to absorb the administrative duties of distributing and overseeing the rebuilding project with the funds we sent them. With a staff and facility in place, we had no need to set up an office or hire an administrative team, and with the volunteer manpower of our church members we were able to immediately move into action. Since our staff salaries were already met by the church, 100% of the funds donated went directly to the needs of the devastated communities. Within six months we had built or repaired over 130 homes with the $150,000 dollars that was given to us through our donors. Though this is a small amount compared to the millions that were pledged by western nations, the speed at which we were able to move attracted the interest of the speaker of the Sri Lankan House of Parliament. Rick and Pastor Dishan had the privilege of meeting with him and sharing the love of Christ.
We now have strong, self-supporting congregations in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and through these local churches we have the capability to respond immediately to disaster needs. Our pastors and their staffs are capable, experienced, sacrificial and trustworthy. Though we are small, compared to the large government aid organizations, we are lean, mobile and efficient.
We believe that the local church represents the most efficient, the most compassionate and the most trustworthy vehicle to responsibly care for the needs of those who find themselves on the brink of survival due to natural disasters. We are so proud of our young leaders in Sri Lanka who ministered without prejudice to Buddhist, Hindu and Moslem disaster victims. They truly modeled the love of Christ to hurting communities.
Completed Disaster Relief Projects:
2004 Sri Lanka Tsunami
2006 Pakistan Earthquake
2008 Orissa, India Persecution
2010 Colombo, Sri Lanka Flood
2010 Islamabad, Pakistan Flood
2012 Dang, Nepal Flood