Friday, May 23, 2008

Wake Up Myanmar Military Junta!

I have been so frustrated and angry at Myanmar's military junta for not allowing many relief workers to come in to their country to help the cyclone victims. This is a huge disaster (estimated over 100,000 death and millions of people homeless) and the world should be helping them recover but they are not allowed in.

It's amazing how evil power-hungry military junta can be!!

I understand that the junta recently promised UN that they will allow relief workers in. I am praying that they will keep their promise so that millions of lives can be saved.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Irena Sendler: An Ordinary Woman Who Risked Her Life to Save Jewish Children During WWII

I was tremendously blessed by the story in LA Times a couple of days ago about Irena Sendler. She saved about 3,000 Jewish children during WWII.

She was just an ordinary Christian woman caught in an extraordinary situation. When she found out what was going on, she risked her life and smuggled children out of Jewish ghettos in suitcases, boxes, etc.

Here's an excerpt:

"By 1942, when the deadly intentions of the Nazis had become clear, Sendler joined a Polish underground organization, Zegota. She recruited 10 close friends -- a group that would eventually grow to 25, all but one of them women -- and began rescuing Jewish children.

She and her friends smuggled the children out in boxes, suitcases, sacks and coffins, sedating babies to quiet their cries. Some were spirited away through a network of basements and secret passages. Operations were timed to the second. One of Sendler's children told of waiting by a gate in darkness as a German soldier patrolled nearby. When the soldier passed, the boy counted to 30, then made a mad dash to the middle of the street, where a manhole cover opened and he was taken down into the sewers and eventually to safety.

Decades later, Sendler was still haunted by the parents' pleas, particularly of those who ultimately could not bear to be apart from their children."

At one point, she was arrested and tortured:

"During one particularly brutal torture session, her captors broke her feet and legs, and she passed out. When she awoke, a Gestapo officer told her he had accepted a bribe from her comrades in the resistance to help her escape. The officer added her name to a list of executed prisoners. Sendler went into hiding but continued her rescue efforts."

Click here to read the story. Senler died a couple of days ago. She was 98 years old.

One person can make a difference!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Realizing the Magnitude of the Myanmar Cyclone

The magnitude of the Myanmar's (Burma) cyclone's destruction is vast. The preliminary estimate is that 22,500 people are dead and 41,000 people are missing. Let's keep them in our prayers. For more information go to: As Magnitude of Myanmar Loss Grows, Aid Arrives - New York Times

Chris and Nancy's Mission Trip to Russia

I want to encourage everyone to view the video on Nancy Blackman's myspace site. Chris and Nancy will be taking a couple of dozen high school students on a short-term mission trip to Russia, working with orphans there. This video/photo collage was taken on the same trip they took a couple of years ago. Let pray for them!