In case you missed John Vause’s report last night, I urge you to check it out online, along with the other reporting coming out of China.
When John was speaking with the local Communist Party rep for one of the town’s near the epicenter, I thought his assessment of the thousands missing and the damage was bad enough. But when he started to talk about the dead…that he had stopped counting at 500, and that his parents, his wife and their two children were among those who’d been killed my jaw dropped and heart ached for this man.
Amidst the tragedy and the tears, John and his crew have also come across incredibly kind, gracious people. And there are some glimmers of hope, even two days after this quake hit. A woman eight months pregnant was found alive after spending some 50 hours trapped in a pile of concrete slabs and debris. If that doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what can.
These reports are so compelling, and I believe so important for all of us. Yes, politics is taking up much of the ink and airtime these days, but we can’t forget our neighbors across the globe who are struggling to survive right now. For more on how you can help, check out Impact Your World.
The “power of forgiveness” sometimes overshadows the strength it takes to forgive. A woman who saw her family slaughtered in the Rwanda genocide – she witnessed her seven month old nephew killed in front of her, followed by his mother, his aunt and others – says she has forgiven those who took her family. She watched these people rape and beat people, and bury others alive in holes they made the victims dig. I am in awe of this woman’s strength.
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