However, one ministry is thanking God for protection. AMG International works in Indonesia. AMG's Roger Thomas says, "We have 23 child care projects in Indonesia, serving over 500 children and a number of church planters working with young congregations."
AMG is there to provide for the needy. They provide food, funding to send children to school and more. Thomas says it's door opening work in a Muslim culture. "They are receptive to our help and to the presentation of the Gospel along with that. And, many have responded to the Christian message and have come to Christ."
The ministry doesn't stop once that happens, says Thomas. "We follow that up with church planters that begin churches. And, then child care centers that help the children as well."
Thomas says it's situations like this earthquake the gives Christians an opportunity to make an eternal difference in people's lives. "This is where we can do in from a small start of providing relief, temporary housing and that sort of thing. We get to know the people and get to see what they're real needs are for the long term."
The relationships that develop, ultimately allow them to talk about spiritual things.
Christians are being encouraged to help AMG be prepared to reach out in times of tragedy. "We have a relief fund where we provide whatever resources are needed to immediately respond to disasters like this. The other thing is every single childcare center is trying to feed more children than we have sponsored children."