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Churches send beds, medicine to Tajikistan

Church members in Arkansas recently sent about 22,000 pounds of mattresses, bed linens, clothing, furniture and medical equipment to Tajikistan.
Most of the items will go to an orphanage and school in the mountains of the Central Asian nation, formerly part of the Soviet Union, said John Kachelman, minister for the Judsonia, Ark., church.
Kachelman makes mission trips to other formerly communist countries, including Ukraine. His congregation also sends relief supplies around the globe through Counterpart International, a program of the U.S. State Department.
Other contributors to the Tajikistan effort included the Central Avenue, Antioch and South Side churches in Batesville; the Cloverdale and West Side churches and Harding University in Searcy; and churches in Fort Smith and North Little Rock.
Kachelman said he’s received several comments from aid workers in Tajikistan praising the churches’ involvement.
“As far as I know we have no congregation there, but we have made a definite impression,” he said.
August 1, 2006

Filed under: International Staff Reports

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