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But the recent Tsunami proved that Nature is the master of all things for it spared no one and nothing

in its path of destruction. The people on one island were spared only because they

 recalled the ancestors had warned them to head for the hills

 

 

Of Men, Beast, Ancestors, and Nature by Marvin X

Report on Tsunami Relief by Pastor Pilli Ravindra Babu

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Of Men, Beast, Ancestors, and Nature

 By Marvin X

 

The Tsunami in South Asia is only the most recent tragedy in that part of the world. The History channel recently reviewed the history of Japan’s barbaric role in the area during World War II, of course it neglected to mention the bitter days of European colonialism prior to the Japanese invasion of China, Korea, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere. Clearly, the Japanese atrocities went beyond the level of beasts in their treatment of the occupied peoples, especially prisoners of war and women who were raped by the thousands without hesitation.

 King Solomon asked whether man was any better than beasts. The Japanese proved he was indeed worse. We saw that even a most civilized and cultured people can degenerate into behavior far surpassing animals of the jungle.  Of course America’s hydrogen bomb revealed an even greater degree of man’s inhumanity to man. After all, the bomb was dropped despite Japan’s surrender.

But the recent Tsunami proved that Nature is the master of all things for it spared no one and nothing in its path of destruction. The people on one island were spared only because they recalled the ancestors had warned them to head for the hills whenever there was an earthquake because a Tsunami was sure to follow, so they heeded the ancestors.

 On another island the gravediggers said they could hear the ancestors crying from the grave to help them. They said the voices were unrelenting in their plea for help. In our quest for freedom in America, we wonder how many voices of our ancestors can be heard throughout this land, pleading for us to do the right thing to adjudicate their pain and suffering. A lady who visited the slave huts on a plantation in Louisiana said she could hear the ancestors speaking when she stepped inside a hut. She said in one hut there was much love, but in another much pain.

 And so it is: man, beasts, ancestors, nature, all entwined in the escapable drama of life that so puzzled and perplexed a man like Solomon who concluded all was vanity and vexation of spirit.

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Report on Tsunami Relief

from Pastor Pilli Ravindra Babu

Dear Brother Rudy in Christ,

Grace be unto you, and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory and honour forever and ever I received your e-mail dated 31st December and understood all the contents of the same in a most and sensitive outlook. Thank you very much for your e-mail.

Yes! Dear Brother! Rudy, I do agree with you and trust that God’s anger on mankind is the main reason for the cause of Tsunamis that lead to greatest devastation and destruction in our area and in several other countries. 

I remember at this time, the days of Novah when God created immense downpour for continuous 40 days, there by  water spread every where on the earth submerging the hills and mountain peaks and God came to the rescue of His own people.

Praise the Lord.

The Tsunamis hit our country on 26th December in the State of Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu and Kerala.  In our state of Andhra Pradesh it hit at the port areas of Vizag, Machilipatnam, Nizampatnam, Manginapudi, Suryalanka, Ongole and Prakasam Districts.  In our Area only about 10,000 people either died or missing due to unofficial sources. 

These people now remain, lost all their belongings like houses, households, nets, fishing boats and remain helpless looking to God for help and support.  Even though some International Agencies came forward to extend help and support it cannot act independently.  It must take the assistance of some Local Officials.  The Local officials are most corrupted and what the relief the victims get is far less where as most portion of the aid shall go to the pocket of these corrupted some officials. 

NOW IT IS OUR BOUNDEN DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GO TO THEIR RESCUE AT THIS CRUCIAL TIME AND REQUEST YOU TO KINDLY PRAY FOR THE DEPARTED SOULS REST IN PEACE AND FOR THE VICTIMIZED TO LEAD NORMAL LIFE PROVIDED WITH THE NEEDY.

I have been working with the Tsunamis victimized in the areas of Nizampatnam, Machilipatnam where some our congregations are located and helping them in raising their huts built with bamboos and palmyrah leaves and just day before returned back to our Headquarters and hence the delay responding to your e-mail.

Praise the Lord for His glory.

DEAR BROTHER, I HAVE TAKEN IN ADOPTION FIVE ORPHAN CHILDREN WHO LOST THEIR PARENTS (TSUNAMI VICTIMS), OUT OF WHICH I HAVE TAKEN CARE OF ONE BY KEEPING HER IN MY OWN HOUSE PROVIDED WITH FOOD, ACCOMMODATION AND SCHOOL EDUCATION.  HER NAME IS RUTH. 

I GOT ADMITTED THE REMAINING FOUR ORPHAN CHILDREN TO “GLORY TO GOD ORPHAN HOME”.  I REQUEST YOU TO KINDLY PRAY FOR THESE ORPHAN CHILDREN FOR FOOD, CLOTHING AND SCHOOL EDUCATION BY EXTEND YOUR LITTLE HELP AND SUPPORT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.   PRAISED GOD SAYING HALLELUIAH, HALLELUIAH.

We were all constantly praying for you, your family, Ministry, Board Members, Church Pastors and request you to continue to pray for us, for our Holy Fire Ministries and for the Tsunami victims and for the Orphan Children taken in adoption to “Glory to God Orphan Home” provided with necessary help and support for food , clothing and good education.

We shall await for your further valuable and fruitful response at an earliest with utmost eagerness and fervent hope.

Thanking you Brother,

By The  Grace of God  Alone,

Pastor Pilli Ravindra Babu,

President/Founder/Director,

Holy Fire Ministries, India.

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