Monday, October 6, 2008

TUESDAY TRAVELS: Earthquake in Kyrgyzstan

UPDATE: Video report from the BBC.

Click HERE for the NYTimes report on Sunday's earthquake in Kyryzstan that, as of this report, killed 72 people and leveled the mountain village of Nura.

And here is an UPDATE about the rescue effort that is underway.

Kyrgyzstan is a small country in Central Asia that was once a Soviet Republic. It is a poor country of mountains, horses, and shepherds. The people are nominally Muslim, but adhere mainly to their own folk religion.

I had the opportunity to visit there in 2001. Dear friends were serving in mission with an international team that was working on educational and agricultural development, as well as encouraging the small Christian community in Naryn, a town in the middle of the country.

I ask us to pray for the people affected by this latest earthquake, especially those in and around Nura. And lift up the Christ-followers there, that they will have God's strength to love and serve those in need.

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