Earthquake Hits Central Myanmar

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar on Wednesday 4:34 pm local time, damaging Buddhist temple in the ancient city of Bagan killing at least three people.

The quake struck 15.5 miles (25km) west of Chauk one of the major tourist attractions for the country, at a depth of 52 miles (84km), the US Geological Survey said. A 22-year-old man was killed in the town of Pakokku, an hour and a half from Chauk, due to a building collapse.

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Chauk has a population of about 45,000, according to the 2014 census, with around 185,000 living in the surrounding area.

These strong tremors were felt as far away as Bangladesh, China, India, and Thailand sending fearful residents running from buildings into the streets. Earthquakes have six magnitude classes, the fourth one being Strong: 6.0-6.9.

In the past year, we have entered Myanmar in support of 10 Adventist mission schools and 600 students. We currently have no news yet if any of our schools are affected, but we will keep you updated as the news is available!

Continue to keep Myanmar in prayer as they recover from this tragedy.

A Look at Immanuel School

Immanuel English School

Started in 1997 with the vision of co-founder Mrs. Helen Eager, Mr. Garwin McNeilus and family, Immanuel seeks to reach out to the Orissa Tribal people. Now, it is one of the major boarding schools in the Jeypore, India with over 800 students.

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Jeypore  is the commercial and the education capital of South Orissa.

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Under the leadership of Elder Arun Ponda, the boarding school has developed immensely.

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The design engineering of Mr. Garwin and his family has made this school one of the most beautiful campuses.

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Well known in the Koraput District of South Orissa for its excellence and achievements, Immanuel seeks to encourage the growth of children in all areas.

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Director of Partner Development visits India and Nepal

Ravi, Sushma, and Dale all meet for the first time through Asian Aid.

Dale Martin, Asian Aid’s new Director of Partner Development, returned to the US on Tuesday after spending 10 days in India and four days in Nepal visiting Asian Aid-sponsored children in both countries.

This was Dale’s first-ever trip to India, and the sights he saw were astounding, he shares. While in India, he had the opportunity to visit 8-year-old Sushma who is the little girl he sponsors in Hyderabad. He saw where she was living now compared to the slums she had been in before.

Dale said to Sushma, “Would you like anything else?”

“That’s enough,” she replied.

As Dale spoke of his story, he recalled of how little they have there, and how amazing it is for how grateful they are for the simple things in life. “Put that in the context of all we have here in America in the year 2011. We have everything we could ever need, and this little girl is grateful to even have a place to sleep.”

While Dale was at Sushma’s school, he also met Ravi, a field representative in Hyderabad for Asian Aid, who does superintendent work, overseeing more than 2,000 children.

“Ravi came to this school over 25 years ago when he was five years old, covered in cattle manure. He had been sold to a man as a slave when Asian Aid found him,” said Dale. Ravi was sponsored all through his education and is now working for Asian Aid with an attitude of gratefulness for all Asian Aid did for him.

Dale had an eye-opening experience on his first trip to India, but it definitely won’t be his last.