We are all shocked to hear about the countries in Asia that were struck
by the disastrous earthquake and resulting tsunami. Each of us wants to
know how we can help those hit by this tragedy. It is important that
funds be given to organizations that have had workers resident in these
countries who are in a position to determine what the greatest need is.
The Boy Scouts of America published a "Response to the Southern Asia
Disaster" at http://www.scouting.org/media/tsunami/index.html
gives some suggestions of organizations we may want to give through.
Also, you may wish to give through your favorite church organization.
In my case, that would be the International Mission Board (IMB) of the
Southern Baptist Convention. They already had missionaries and workers
in these countries that can direct where the greatest need is. Baptist
Press has released a number of press releases with information about
this disaster, the work of Southern Baptists in these countries, and
prayer requests. One of these can be found at
Each of these press releases include a paragraph such as this:
"Southern Baptists and other Christians can help by sending financial
gifts for aid through the IMB disaster relief fund. Send gifts
designated "Asia Earthquake Disaster Relief" to the International
Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va., 23230 (to give online, go
to the International Mission Board's website, www.imb.org , and click on
"Give Now" in the box highlighting the tsunami story). All funds given
will go to relief efforts; none will be used for administrative costs."
The administrative costs are financed through other contributions of
Southern Baptist Churches such as the Cooperative Program and the Lottie
Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.