In the midst of responding to the needs of Sri Lankan flood victims, the Rev. Ranjan Fernando and his team of United Christian Fellowship of Sri Lanka relief workers had a dangerous brush with Mother Nature while delivering relief supplies in the Polonnaruwa area’s Batathuna this past Friday.
While families were gathered in one house where the supplies were being distributed, a rare tornado struck the village, causing extreme damage to every house in the village — except the one where Fernando (who also directs Fuller Center for Housing of Sri Lanka) and his team had gathered with families.
"We thank God for His hand of protection on us and those in the house," Fernando said. "God saved our lives and theirs."
One of the houses severely damaged belonged to the Jayaweera, a paralyzed man who lives with his wife and two children and whose house already had suffered damage during last month’s flooding that killed dozens and displaced thousands of families. The Rev. Fernando said that FCH Sri Lanka hopes to help the family construct a new roof, a project that would require about $2,500.
View this video filmed in Sri Lanka during April 2012: