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On the Border of Hope

A few years ago we became acquainted with a pastor working in a region of Southeast Asia that is in desperate need of help in every area. This Christian minority community on the border of a war-torn country (not named for safety purposes) is helping refugees fleeing from the civil war while experiencing their own persecution and attacks. The region has been in upheaval for several years. Our pastor friend and his small team work tirelessly with the large numbers of displaced people who are struggling for the need for basic necessities – some suffering under oppression, while others from bombings or physical attacks. Our pastor friend and his team are leading the relief efforts and offering Christs’ words of hope. He has shared many stories of the horrific events that are happening.

These are some of the things we have learned:

  • About 317 churches burned, destroyed or ransacked
  • Around 70 Administrative buildings and Quarters burnt or ransacked
  • 160+ villages burned
  • Approximate number of Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) 50,000
  • About 120 deaths
  • Some 170 relief camps in operation,
  • -Several women raped

The humanitarian aid needed is overwhelming and horrifying. Our friend shared how two church members were paraded naked through the village and raped. One was his cousin. “We are praying that we can do something that will help in rebuilding lives in this region. The government is ruthlessly hunting down and arresting people from certain groups.” 

The funds to help are nearly exhausted. The need for housing, education, food, agriculture, relief works and training in the camps is immeasurable. Trauma Care to provide for those who have been attacked is desperately needed as well. 

In a recent email to us our friend gratefully thanked Tying Vines for coming on board with them. “Your continuous support is a great encouragement and offers strength in our ongoing humanitarian and spiritual mission here.“ 

So much more is needed. Please pray. Please give. 

God bless you.

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