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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 13 2013 7:45 p.m. MST

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Wilf 55

"... the Church has learned that the most effective way to respond to disasters is to work locally, purchasing needed supplies in country ... This not only ensures that the goods are appropriate for the area, but it helps build up impaired, local economies."

Very wise. While in Africa, I saw those overseas relief packages come in, or containers from the U.S. full of shoes and clothes, ruining many small businesses. Only in extreme circumstances should it be different and only temporarily.

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

Thanks for the donation link!

Helendale, CA

Missionaries in disaster areas see a piece of life that they certainly did not ever expect to see—especially those from affluent areas of the world. Greater humility is the most common result—as is the soul-building that comes from serving one's fellow men in their time of greatest physical need.

Bountiful, UT

My heart goes out to these missionaries. I am so glad they are sound and safe. But my heart does break every time I read about the people in the philipines struggling to receive food and water and for so many lives lost. So many edifications down, so much destruction.

Lancaster, CA

I'm glad the church is giving the option to those missionaries near the end of their missions about whether to return home or not. There is going to be such a large influx of missionaries in the other areas that it would be a challenge to reassign ALL of them. Although, I think one of the best ways to overcome the possible effects of PTSD is to get involved and keep moving, rather than enduring another change. I'm hoping they have enough supplies in areas to clothe these missionaries as well. I'm sure many of them didn't pack a suitcase when they had to evacuate.

But did I read correctly that they have "a trained therapist" for stress debriefing? The certainly is not sufficient for the numbers of missionaries they have who are "refugees." While I understand not sending people and supplies to help with clean-up, at least provide enough therapeutic services for the missionaries. They are going to need some emotional and mental support from "trained therapists."

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