WCG reports Sri Lankan members missing
BURLEIGH HEADS, Australia--A regional director for Australia and parts of Asia for the Worldwide Church of God reported immediately after the earthquake and tsunami of Dec. 26 that several WCG members were missing in Sri Lanka.
In a later report Rod Matthews said that a family of four had made it to higher ground and was safe but three adult members in the Batticaloa area were still missing. Batticaloa is in the hill country of Sri Lanka.
The most immediate needs of survivors in the area are clean drinking water, water-purification tablets and light-weight sleeping mats, Mr. Matthews said. Most items are available locally, but money is "urgently needed" to purchase the supplies.
Donations can go directly to the church or to recognized and reputable charities such as World Vision, Care Australia, Oxfam and the Red Cross, he said.
"The Sri Lankan church is small and does not have the means or the infrastructure to try and duplicate the efforts of major relief organizations," he said.
Donations for supplies for tsunami victims who are members and associates of the WCG can go to WCG, P.O. Box 202, Burleigh Heads, Qld. 4220, Australia.
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