In December 2004, tsunamis devastated the coasts of Southeast
Asia and India. Whole towns were destroyed. Islands
disappeared. The damage was massive. Six hundred Volunteer
Ministers responded from 28 nations around the world, bringing
immediate help to the tsunami victims and rescue workers.
Given the sheer number affected, training everyone possible on
Volunteer Minister technology was vital. And so it was that doctors,
nurses, Muslim clerics and Buddhist monks were among the some
50,000 who were trained by the Volunteer Ministers and they in
turn brought help to more than 250,000 survivors.
"The Volunteer Ministers are a remarkable group of individuals
whose purpose is truly to help improve conditions. Their focus
is one of organization and coordination. Their self-sufficiency
and ability to direct all relief efforts is an indispensable asset to
our country at this time.
"They work with government and community leaders, and aid
in the coordination of all relief efforts. Their first concern is the
effectiveness of the professionals. This is a highly qualified and
dedicated team that is an immense asset to our country."
29 December, 2004