May is a disastrous month: China and Myanmar

Since I have been out of town for the last 1 ½ weeks I feel like I have been out of touch with some of the harsh realities that has been happening in the world. I recently heard about the huge earthquake (7.9 on the Richter scale) that happened in the Province of Sichuan, China killing 80,000 people, and the disastrous cyclone in Myanmar that killed 134,000 people. That’s over 200,000 killed by natural disaster this month alone. Ouch!

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the BGEA, was in China when the quake hit. He just happened to be in China at the time due to a speaking engagement at a seminary and visitation to official government-sanctioned churches. Christianity Today has an interesting article about his experience there.

It is good to see Christian relief agencies like Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision, etc. getting involved to help people in need around the world. It is good that China has asked for some help. There was a time when they did not. Myanmar has just realized that they need help from outside. I wonder how much help relief agencies and short-term relief missions really help? Or do they just get in the way of the local people and government?

The damage to China’s water source, electricity and roads, and other infrastructures is massive. China will likely recover more quickly than Myanmar because of better organization. I just hope and pray that the family members of survivors will be able to find help.

Blog notes: I will get back on track and continue with Mediating Translation Comparison #5.

I have been reading some of the other biblical blogs in the blogosphere and really liked what some have been doing lately: Suzanne McCarthy and David Ker at Better Bibles Blog.

TCR is a little frustrated with the TNIV and is considering the NET Bible. He also hinted I should do a comparison between the NET and TNIV. I may consider this for the future.

4 thoughts on “May is a disastrous month: China and Myanmar

  1. Jesus did say that the poor will always be with us. And I think the hurting & suffering will be with us. We can’t always be hurting for others because it puts a helpless burden on others. But what we can do is pray for them and for those who are in the position to help. Blessings.


  2. Disasters seem to bring out the best in us, wanting to reach out and help those suffering and grieving. So sad we can’t carry that attitude all the time, as there are always those in the world, in the body of Christ suffering and hurting.


  3. Kevin, glad to see you back in blogosphere.

    Disasters always raised those provocate questions about God, but it’s good to see Christians bringing healing to the hurting, for in this way we more like Christ.


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