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Christian Relief Team Minister to Survivors Despite Pakistan Aftershock

Christian relief teams joined the relief effort in providing their services for the devastated victims, even despite the aftershock in Pakistan early Thursday morning.
( [email protected] ) Oct 13, 2005 09:28 PM EDT

Christian relief teams joined the relief effort in providing their services for the devastated victims, even despite the aftershock in Pakistan early Thursday morning, several days after the South Asia earthquake left millions homeless.

Gospel for Asia (GFA), which supports Asian Christian preachers, sent a relief team of 13 missionaries who entered India's Jammu and Kashmir region. They arrived after a 13 hour journey into the mountainous region.

Controlled by the military, the region was initially closed to relief work, but a Christian military couple from Believers Church allowed their relief team to enter, the GFA press release said, so that they can minister to the thousands of devastated Kashmiris.

GFA President K.P. Yohannan said they also received permission from the Pakistan Embassy to minister to the survivors.

Asking for prayers for the relief team, Yohannan said "It is Jesus, and Him alone, who can give any kind of comfort," the press release said.

Before the aftershock, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf apologized for the slow pace rescue and the relief operations in the first few days that followed the quake, but said that is was due to the damaged highways and the lack of aircrafts, he said in a nationally televised address late Wed according to Los Angeles Times.

In the same address, Musharraf called for unity and determination in light of the quake, asking Pakistanis not to blame others in the face of this tragedy.

"We must convert this disaster into improvement," he said according to LA times. "We cannot bring back those who have lost their lives, but we can certainly improve the lives of those who have been affected."

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the 5.6. magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:23 a.m. Thursday, 85 miles northeast of Islamabad, although it is not yet known whether the aftershock caused any further damage, Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, churches in America are still praying for the survivors buried alive under rubble and landslides, with hope that they will be rescued.

On Oct 14 and 16, the First Chinese Baptist Church of Los Angeles will focus their prayers on aid reaching the remote areas in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.

And they will pray that the relief efforts, coordinated by Christian organizations or the government, will be successful in tending to the thousands who were injured.

Among the list of prayers, FCBC will pray that Christian relief workers on the scene will "intercede for the millions of South Asians who do not know Christ, but who are asking many spiritual questions in the midst of this disaster."