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Christian Aid on Tsunami Alert for Latin American West Coast

Native missionaries throughout Latin American pacific coastal countries are heeding tsunami warnings and preparing to respond to potential disasters.

The countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala are most endangered. However, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru could also be affected.

Donations may be made to the Lain American Disaster Relief Fund, gift code 100HELP. Credit card donations may be made online or by calling 800-977-5650.

“Of course, we hope that all the native missionaries we support will get to high ground and be out of harm’s way, but just in case we are prepared to act,” said Rosa Contreras Hart, who is keeping a watch and in contact with Latin American and Central American leaders.

Christian Aid Mission, based in Charlottesville, supports 26 native ministries in the countries which Hart serves. Born in Peru, her mother tongue is Spanish and she communicates freely with indigenous ministries throughout Latin America.

Few other countries in the Pacific basin are likely to be affected according to Steve Van Valkenburg, Director for Southeast Asia, although he is keeping a close eye on the Philippines and the Pacific islands.

ABOUT CHRISTIAN AID: Founded by Bob Finley in 1953, Christian Aid is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. It links American churches and mission-minded individuals to indigenous missions in 122 countries. Today it sends help to 796 native mission ministries that deploy over 80,000 missionary workers serving the Lord among 3000 tribes, tongues and nations. Visit them online at or call 434-977-5650 for answers to your questions.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Bill Bray, Media Relations Coordinator, is available for interviews throughout the Tsunami crisis. His cell phone is 434-227-0811 or you may contact him at on a round the clock basis.

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