China Earthquake - Initial Report

May 13, 2008

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southwest China on May 12, leaving massive death and destruction.  The quake, centered in Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province, impacted nearly 20 heavily populated surrounding provinces.  The state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reports the death toll in now nearly 12,000 and looks set to rise.  

Hundreds of aftershocks have forced survivors to sleep out of doors with little or no shelter from driving rain.  

Xiaoling Zhu, Global Ministries Area Executive for East Asia and the Pacific and Susan Sanders, UCC One Great Hour of Sharing Administrator, have been in contact with UCC partners in China, at the Amity Foundation and Sichuan T.V. & Radio University to convey the prayers of the UCC family and offer support for relief and recovery efforts. 

An initial grant from the One Great Hour of Sharing International Emergency fund is being wired to the Amity Foundation today to support Amity's efforts to distribute relief including shelter materials, rice, water, quilts, clothes, and medicines to survivors.  Additional support will be shared as the needs for relief and recovery become clearer.

How to Help:

1.  Pray for the people of China, their leaders and emergency and humanitarian aid workers.

2.  To assist impacted Chinese families, you may, send gifts payable to your congregation marked for "OGHS International Emergency Fund/China Earthquake" with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.

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Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion "OGHS International Emergency Fund/China Earthquake" to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.

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Make a secure online donation to the OGHS International Emergency Fund – note China Earthquake in comments section.

Thank you for your compassion and support.

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