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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tsunami Urban Myths are surfacing already

Today I received an "apparently true" amazing story of survival from the Tsunami. It is circulated by email and purports to come from Pastor Bill Hekman from Calvary Life Fellowship in Indonesia. While he is the pastor he did not write the email and the story is not true. Snopes have written an expose of this. It is always a good thing to check out the apparently true stores sent to you by email before forwarding them on. I use Google and then search major online news sources as well as Snopes and some other urban myth expose sites.
I have copied the story below below.
News from the Tsunami

We know that 80% of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh was destroyed by the Tsunami waves and 80% of the people also died. This is one of the Towns that was hit the hardest.

But there is a fantastic testimony from Meulaboh. In that town there are about 400 Christians. They wanted to celebrate Christmas on December 25th but were not allowed to do so by the Muslims of Meulaboh. They were told if they wanted to celebrate Christmas then they Needed to go outside the city of Meulabohon and celebrate Christmas.

Because the Christians desired to celebrate Christmas the 400 Believers left the city on December 25th and after they celebrated Christmas they stayed overnight.
As we all know the morning of December 26 there was the earthquake followed by the Tsunami waves destroying most of the city of Meulabohand thousands were killed. The 400 believers were camped in the mountains surrounding the town and were all saved from destruction.

Now the Muslims of Meulaboh are saying that the God of the Christians was punished us for forbidding the Christians from celebrating Christmas in the city.
Others are questioning why so many Muslims died while not even one of the Christians had perished. Had the Christians insisted on their rights to celebrate Christmas in the city, they would have all died. But because they humbled themselves and followed the advice of the Muslims they all were spared destruction and can now testify of God's marvelous protection.

This is a testimony of the grace of God and the fact that as Believers we have no rights in the world. Our right is to come before God And commit our lives to Him. Our right is kneeling down before the Lord almighty and committing our ways to Him. He is our Father and is Very capable to care for His children.
Praise the Name of the Lord.

Bill Hekman

Pastor Calvary Life Fellowship in Indonesia.