The devastation of northeastern Japan is nearly beyond belief. Samaritan’s Purse has initiated an urgent appeal:
“As the death toll mounts and the crisis in Japan deepens from Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, Samaritan’s Purse is rushing personnel and aid to the grim scene. A 747 jumbo jet is being loaded with tons of emergency supplies to be sent immediately.
Working with local Japanese churches and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan’s Purse is distributing food, water, medicine, blankets, weatherproof plastic, and other essential items in communities along the northeastern Japanese coast, where some officials have estimated casualties at more than 10,000. There is no electricity in many regions; the nights are cold; and the suffering is great. Evacuations over nuclear power concerns have only compounded the problems.
Samaritan’s Purse will be laboring alongside church partners to show survivors the compassion and mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We need to be praying for these teams and for the plight of the Japanese people who are wondering how they will ever put their lives back together.”
If you would like to contribute financially, you can donate online:
I notice today that my favourite software company has also launched an initiative to assist the suffering people of Japan. DEVONtechnologies has great products and are wonderfully responsive to their customers. I received today this release from the company:
“Last Friday, Mar 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a catastrophic earthquake followed by a tsunami and the likely melt-down of at least two nuclear power cores with yet-unknown effects on life in the region.
Official sources report more than 10,000 people dead and more than 500,000 homeless, but as of today the concrete number of victims is still unknown.
We will donate 20 percent of all March, 2011, revenues to a disaster help organization sending people and material to Japan, likely Doctors Without Borders, and would like to strongly encourage you to join in and donate to international disaster help organizations, too, to help the survivors of the Pacific Ocean earthquake and their families. You can find a list of organizations on our home page or in newspapers or on news web sites in your home country.”
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You can operate multiple databases and it will handle a wide variety of file formats.
Great product, great company with a genuine community heart. I’m a bit of a fan!