October 1, 2018
By Aaron Weaver
DECATUR, Ga.— Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel Eddy Ruble has traveled to Indonesia to make assessments and help spearhead the response of global Baptists to the devastating earthquake and tsunami with more than 800 confirmed dead and death toll expected to be much higher.
Ruble, who coordinates CBF’s international disaster relief work, is representing the Baptist Forum for Aid and Development hosted by the Baptist World Alliance and is working in partnership with Indonesian Baptists (Rebana) and Asia Pacific Baptist Aid and Australian Baptists (Transform Aid International).
Ruble serves alongside his wife, Cindy, in Malaysia. They sent the following update early Monday morning:
Initial reports of 1-10 deaths have quickly risen to 832. Indonesia’s vice president estimates that the casualties will be in the thousands. It is believed that many are still trapped in collapsed buildings while the bodies of many who died in the tsunami are being collected and transported to a makeshift hospital in the streets for identification by family members.
Roads and bridges are highly damaged, impeding access to aid survivors. Landslides have blocked roads and highways into this remote area, making it difficult to get supplies and rescue equipment in. So far, reports are only from Palu, the capital city. No news has been heard from Donggala, a city of 300,000 nor from many small towns and villages along the coast. As CBF International Disaster Coordinator, Eddy is communicating with global disaster relief partners in anticipation of a coordinated effort to assist Indonesian Baptists as they respond to the needs of survivors. Please pray that communication will quickly be restored, first responders can get in and that more survivors will be found in time.
More information regarding CBF’s disaster response work and the global Baptist response will be provided here later in the week.
CBF is accepting disaster response funds in preparation for relief efforts in Indonesia. Churches and individuals maybe contribute gifts online here.
If you prefer, you may also give by mailing a check payable to “CBF” to:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
PO Box 102972
Atlanta, GA 30368-2972
*be sure to include “#17016 — Indonesia Tsunami Response” in the memo line.
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