The staggering tragedy in Myanmar (Burma) continues to unfold. Some estimate the death toll could climb from more 20,000 to 100,000.
The Burmese people have a special place in the hearts of Baptists. The first U.S overseas missionaries — Adoniram and Ann Hasseltine Judson — went there after being turned away from India.
At great personal cost, the Judsons (who became Baptists en route to their mission service) sacrificially invested their lives in Burma.
Baptists today are responding to the current crisis in multiple ways. Baptist World Aid, the relief arm of the Baptist World Alliance, is coordinating international efforts for Baptists wanting to provide assistance.
One effort is the Norman, Okla.-based His Nets — that provides insecticide treated sleeping nets to prevent the spread of malaria.
This project was started by former Baptist missionary T Thomas, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma, and his daughter Andi. A former missionary family in Africa, the Thomases know first-hand the suffering caused by malaria.
Nets for Burma can be provided for $6 each. Details can be found at this site.