One year today, since the Christchurch earthquake. Today we are having a one minute silence at 12:51pm to remember the 185 people who were killed that day. Stuff.co.nz is running live updates of the anniversary today. We were in Wellington, NZ last year when it happened and raced down there as soon as we could to…Read More
Back to Turkey for earthquake follow-up
Looks like I am going back to Turkey next month. You remember a few months ago we delivered blankets and warm clothes in the first week of the earthquake. There is some follow-up work with the earthquake that I am involved in. Very exciting but will be hard to leave the family. I am looking…Read More
Emerging Philanthropy: NOW Funding, not SOON Funding
Sometimes, you need NOW funding to assist an emergency situation. When an earthquake hits, people need resources immediately. They have no house and only the clothes on their back. If its cold, their families will freeze. Rescue workers need to be fed or they will stop shifting bricks and more people will die. Fundraising takes time…Read More
US$2,650 for Turkish Earthquake. THANKS!
A HUGE THANK YOU to all who gave towards our Turkish Earthquake appeal. As you know, a 7.2 earthquake hit eastern Turkey last week leaving thousands of families homeless in the FREEZING FREEZING COLD! I know it was freezing because I was there a few days later, freezing my skinny butt off in the mountains…Read More
Earthquake in Turkey. Have truck. Will travel.
YES we are in Turkey. NO we are not affected by the earthquake. Thanks for all your emails and tweets. The earthquake is devastating. Over 200 dead. Pakistan sources suggest 1000 dead. Numbers will rise because there are hundreds missing and many are trapped under rubble. (Photo: Reuters/Ali Ihsan Ozturk/Anadolu Agency. HT: Christian Post) Turkey is a…Read More
Another earthquake or two in Christchurch
Bummer! Christchurch had two earthquakes this morning and Noah, a friend who lives in that city, tells me there is gunk everywhere and they are "back to square one". Photos here. We visited Christchurch earlier this year, a few days after the big one, and were part of a city-wide gathering for churches and ministries…Read More
Japanese house churches and the earthquake
Its mind-boggling, this catastrophe in Japan. Massive earthquake, then powerful tsunami, then nuclear meltdowns, then volcanic activity . . . its like a Godzilla movie come to life! Its tragic beyond the scope of my imagnation because nothing on this scale has every happened in my life-time. During my time in Japan some years ago,…Read More
“I pray that no more death will be caused by this earthquake”, Mika Goto in Japan
My friend Mika Goto was stuck in Tokyo tonight after the earthquake and I asked her some questions for the blog. I am posting it unedited. TSK: Did you feel the earthquake in Tokyo? What is happening there now? MIKA: I and co-workers, felt the earthquake in the central Tokyo. It was the biggest earthquake in…Read More
Tallskinnykiwi in Christchurch like . . . this Saturday.
Its really last minute but I am doing an informal meeting tomorrow in earthquake-devasted Christchurch, New Zealand to meet with a few young church and mission leaders who invited me down here. We will meet in someones house which doesn't have running water so use the toilet before you come. A lot of you have…Read More
“Lets Love Each Other!”: Christian Maori Leader on Christchurch Earthquake
When this week's devastating earthquake in Christchurch struck, many of New Zealand's top Christian leaders were gathering near Wellington. A few internationals were there. I was there also. Among the words that were spoken, two speeches seemed to strike a cord with me. The most profoundly simple and yet stirring was from Sam Chapman, leading…Read More