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Calamity struck Southeast Asia on December 26 Suso AC Milan Jersey , 2004, in the form of a 9.2 magnitude earthquake. The subsequent tsunami, with waves up to 100 feet high, killed over 230,000 people and destroyed over 90 miles of coastline in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia.

On January 3, 2005, I received a call from the Missions Team at our church that would change my life forever: "Are you interested in being Tsunami Relief Coordinator for Saddleback Church?" Thus began my amazing odyssey Riccardo Montolivo AC Milan Jersey , in which I witnessed death, destruction and ultimately salvation.

I had never before undertaken this kind of disaster relief project, which involved organizing and distributing volunteer teams, as well as spending $1.5 million in funds that were donated by members of Saddleback. I had only a few days to prepare, so I immediately emailed my contacts in Indonesia. My friend Larry, who has been a long-time missionary in Indonesia, committed to meet me at the small airport in Banda Aceh.

Along with a medical doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, and a retired fire chief Ricardo Rodriguez AC Milan Jersey , I boarded a grueling 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, where we were delayed more than 7 hours due to large numbers of flights filled with relief workers from all around the world. The next flight for Medan, the largest city in Sumatra, took about 1.5 hours and, when we arrived, we were met with yet another delay of five hours. There was no air conditioning and we were all drenched from the heat and humidity.

When we finally landed in Banda Aceh it was late afternoon. Larry was there to pick us up in a small truck. On the drive into the city, we were overwhelmed by a smell so intense that it made our stomachs turn. The driver pointed to a big hole, the size of two football fields, filled with thousands of bodies where trucks were dumping them. It was a place of chaos - a disaster of mind-numbing proportions.

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Once we dropped off our belongings at a house we rented Patrick Cutrone AC Milan Jersey , we used an Indonesian becak (rickshaw) to scope out the area towards the beaches, which suffered the most destruction. The roads were buried by debris and, although we all wore masks, the stench of death pierced through.

Corpses and body parts were strewn everywhere. It became apparent that the local people were digging bodies out of the rubble and placing them, covered, on the floors of open buildings. Homes on the beach were wiped out and people were still looking for remnants of possessions.

I can still hear the screaming and weeping of women and children running after the relief trucks, hoping their dad, mom, or any other family member might be on that vehicle. To this day Niccolo Zanellato AC Milan Jersey , pictures of loved ones who were never found remain stuck on the walls of mosques, placed there by family members who are still holding out hope almost 10 years later.

Our team held its first meeting at the United Nations' local outpost. UN officials gave us a large map of the area to use for orientation and, once we got a grasp of the situation, we set up offices for our headquarters in a motel we rented.

We recruited Indonesian volunteers to put food packages together, built a large tent for them in the back of the motel, rented trucks and found truck drivers. We ordered basic food supplies, such as rice, canned meat, local vegetables and fruit. Some were donated and some we had to get from Medan Mattia De Sciglio AC Milan Jersey , a 12-hour drive east of Banda Aceh. We mapped out a relief route, providing the survivors with food, water, clothing, temporary tentsbarracks and whatever else we had available.

At 6:00 a. M. Every morning, we loaded up the trucks and drove to the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) camps to deliver the goods. We did this diligently on a daily basis for months. I was impressed with the highly organized nature of most of the NGOs (Non Government Organizations). We met with World Vision, World Relief, Save the Children, and many more Matteo Gabbia AC Milan Jersey , most of which were Christian organizations.

At first, the local people were suspicious of us. However, it opened their eyes - and hearts - to see that Christians were not their enemy as they had been brought up to believe.

The Acehnese people had already suffered so much tragedy. Prior to the tsunami, they had been subjected to an insurgency in Aceh waged by the Free Aceh Movement. Between 1976 and 2004 in the guerilla's fight for independence from Indonesia, an estimated 15,000 people were killed. The war was still going on when the 2004 tsunami struck the province.

Nonetheless, people from countries around the world gathered in this place of unrest, set aside their differences and came together to assist those in need. It's unfortunate that a tragedy of this magnitude had to occur to reveal that solidarity is possible. But it was a profound moment for me, when I stopped to realize the extent of this collective action by humanity.

I connected and became friends with a businessman who had been working in Aceh for many years Matias Fernandez AC Milan Jersey , who had started chicken and fish farms and other agricultural projects that generate income for the local Acehnese. He suggested we partner together and take over the UN satellite after they left.

We thought of offering free Internet to those still involved in the relief effort and hired two Australian Internet experts to build the system in two weeks, along with a 50-meter tower. We had blazing Internet, even faster than what we had in the U. S. Internet cafes began springing up everywhere and stayed open late at night.

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