Teens are gearing up to help tsunami victims

By February 21, 2005

India/Indonesia (MNN) — While the tsunami is taking a back seat to news in Iraq and other areas of the world, that doesn’t mean the needs have been met. 300,000 people were killed in the world’s worst modern day disaster, and millions are homeless and hungry. Many churches were also destroyed throughout the 11 nation region.

Teen Missions International specializes in short-term trips for young people from all over the world. The organization’s President Bob Bland says they have teens from India, Indonesia and the United States gearing up to help. He says young people from the United States are still needed. “We still have some openings on both the India and the Indonesia team. And, of course, it didn’t get in our brochure because it happened after the brochure was printed. So, it’s pretty much being (promoted) by word of mouth and our web site.”

Bland says 19 people are needed for Indonesia and 17 for India. “I think it’s a great thing that young people are willing to step up and really put their faith in action and do something in a very needy, needy area,” he says.

There’s no question that the young people will be able to make a difference for Christ as they help rebuild churches. He says, “Their work ethic alone is a testimony to the people. The question is why would they come here and then work out in the hot sun and do this. The word gets out (that) they’re Christians and they’ve come to help because they are Christians.”

Bland is asking people to pray for those they’re serving. “People that are suffering are much more open to the Gospel than those who are really on top and everything is going very, very well. I think that we need to pray that there will be many that will be raised up and go out.”

If you’d like more information about the trip, go to our web site, http://www.MNNonline.org and click on “Go On A Trip”, or call Teen Missions International at (321) 453-0350.

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