Over the weekend Cyclone Nargis struck the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar—also known as Burma—with 120 mph winds and caused widespread devastation. As of Wednesday, the death toll may exceed 100,000 people, with more than 70,000 missing and 1 million homeless. This disaster is already being compared to the 2004 tsunami that hit south Asia.
Foursquare global connect coordinator, Tom Hinton, is assessing the situation with the help of Regional Representative George Butron and the national leader of Myanmar. Together they are initiating a relief response action plan. Foursquare Myanmar has 112 churches in this predominately Buddhist nation and is involved in evangelizing and training church planters to reach the harvest.
George Butron writes: “The roofing was blown off our Bible college there, as well as several leaders’ homes and several church buildings. There is no power or drinking water. Food, fuel and other essentials have tripled in price overnight. Large numbers of people are at risk in the days ahead.”
Jonathan Hall, director of Foursquare Missions has noted three prayer points for the Foursquare family:
- Ask the God of comfort and peace to minister to victims in the midst of the confusion.
- Pray for provision and resources to help meet people’s immediate needs for food and shelter.
- Ask the Lord to give our Foursquare leaders wisdom in how to respond and advance His kingdom.
If you would like to give financially to assist in this Foursquare relief effort, please send contributions to Foursquare Missions International. Make your check out to ICFG, and write “Relief Fund” on the memo line. Mail checks to:
ATTN: Paulette McCammon
P.O. Box 26902
Los Angeles, CA 90026