International Aid -- Jordan, West Bank, Madagascar

Mar 19, 2003 04:40 PM EST

Humanitarian agencies prepare teams and supplies to aid the seemingly inevitable influx of refugees. Food For The Hungry¡¯s Ben Homan explains their plan of action. "We are bracing for great difficulty. The conditions along the Jordanian border are very rugged, they lack infrastructure. It's cold; it's in the middle of nowhere, so we are preparing camps to receive people and to treat them with dignity, respect, demonstrate God's love to them." Homan says their response is natural, given Scripture's mandate. "We wanted to be prepared. We believe that God calls His people to demonstrate love and compassion in situations like this. So, we've been ready, and, while we've been actively praying for peace, we are ready to be there for hurting people that are coming across the border."

World Vision International transports emergency relief supplies to communities in Gaza and the West Bank. The effort is aimed at helping areas that would be hardest hit by curfews and travel restrictions if war breaks out in Iraq. Anticipated interruptions could also interfere with existing humanitarian relief, especially if expatriate workers are ordered to leave. World Vision team members follow Christ's example in working with the poor and oppressed in order to bear witness to the hope of the Gospel.

Madagascar seeks international aid to rebuild the country from last year¡¯s civil unrest. Christian Blind Missions enter the country to assist those in need. Dr. Van Joffrion with CBM says "In the hospitals where we work, there's Scriptures available, they pray with the patients in the wards as they make rounds. So, the fact that it's a Christian hospital is obvious to the patients." Joffrion explains that the need for physical and spiritual ministry is growing. "The program has expanded from one town to another large town in the southern part of the country. There's a retired professor that is continuing to train national doctors, and one of the trainees has now started another eye department in the capitol city, and we're in the process of establishing another eye center in the northeast."

By Pauline J.