OB Brings Hope to Earthquake Victims

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LUOSHUI TOWNSIP, SICHUAN PROVINCE, China - Getting to Luoshui Village, in China's quake-stricken Sichuan Province is not easy.

"The travel time and the access to these people is the most difficult challenge that we have faced," Kumar Periasamy of Operation Blessing said.

But five hours after a bumpy ride, a few roadblocks and a couple of wrong turns, the Operation Blessing team is welcomed by villagers with tears of joy.

"When they see us coming in to help, their reaction is always they are crying because they have gone through a very difficult time in the last few days," Periasamy said.

"The house started shaking and moving from side-to-side and then suddenly the roof collapsed and I cried out to God, 'why is this happening, what can I do to save my house?'" earthquake survivor Li Guilan remembered.

Last week's devastating earthquake struck Li Guilan's village with a vengeance. Most of the homes here were destroyed or partially collapsed.

The couple earns less than $600 a year. They poured what little savings they had into building their new home.

Today, the couple, along with dozens of other families, is huddled under this makeshift tent.

"One of the biggest needs these people face is finding a safe place to stay," Operation Blessing's James Xiao said. "So many quake victims live in open tents and so when it rains, they get completely drenched and it can be dangerous."

The government has put out an urgent message for more tents. So, this week, Operation Blessing stepped in with a truck-load of much-needed tents for the villagers, as well as cooking oil, flour and bags of rice.

Some one-hundred families lined-up to receive the supplies from Operation Blessing.

"It is so nice to see that there are people who care enough to come all this way to help us," Li Shimin, another earthquake survivor, said. "Thank you!."

"It just makes a lot of difference because for them there is the satisfaction that there are people who care about them," Periasamy said. "For us personally, it's just to be there and be a blessing and to feel that we are there, right now, at their time of need providing for them and being a blessing to them."

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