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01/03/05 6:28 pm Age: 11 yrs

SMs Reportedly Safe After Tsunamis

By: Tara Jeske

Find links to help the tsunami victims here

Walla Walla College’s student missionaries are reportedly all safe and accounted for after the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia on Dec. 26.


WWC has student missionaries in the affected countries of Thailand and Kenya. The eight students located in Thailand are all in Bangkok, and the one student in Kenya is located near Nairobi.


A short-term mission group was also on a trip to Thailand over Christmas vacation. This group included students, faculty and staff from WWC. They were located in Chaing Mai and Mae Sot, near the Burmese border. All in that group have returned safely home.


Four WWC students are on a mission trip to India with the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church. The volunteers were located inland, in the province of Andhra Pradesh. All are fine and expected home Sunday, Jan. 9.


Student missionaries Jeremiah and Jessica Burt, located in Bangkok, Thailand, were so far the closest to the destruction, as they vacationed in Penang, Malaysia on Dec. 26, but they were unharmed. The death toll on the other side of the island of Penang had reached 45 by the time they left, with 50 still missing.



While the college family has been fortunate, the death toll from the undersea earthquake off Sumatra and the giant waves it triggered has risen to 154,889 people, according to CNN, and that number is expected to rise. Millions of survivors are displaced or homeless. Here is how we can help:

Red Cross


United Nations World Food Programme

Oxfam America












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