Church Members Pray for Tsunami Victims

Countries from around the world have sent more than $250 million to help the tsunami victims, $35 million from America alone. But that's not the only help these victims are receiving.

It was just a few days ago when the giant tsunami slammed into southern Asia, and just looking at the devastation it's hard to know where to help. But members of the Coastal Cathedral are starting on their knees.

More than 80,000 have died, and many more are left to grieve. They have lost everything: their families, their homes and all their belongings. A half a world away, people here are taking what they call a simple but powerful step to help them.

"Just remember, the greatest thing we can do now is pray," said church member Steve Stafford. Members and friends of the Coastal Cathedral are asking God's help for the millions of victims.

"They're hurting and they need God and that's all we can do at this point," said guest pastor HD Spivey. "Our government is doing a lot, but we as individuals can give to charities, but the most powerful thing we can do is pray."

They pray for healing, restoration and peace. "I ask God to help them with their needs, their health, food, supplies and give them peace and comfort and show them the love God has for them," said Christy Stringer.

"I pray for their families," said Kelly Minadeo. "I pray for hope. I pray they have a quick recovery."

Members say beside just providing financial support, prayer may be the best thing we can do. "All of us want to help, but we all can't afford to get on a plane and go over there," said Stafford. "If you're like me, I'd probably be in the way. I wouldn't know what to do, so I believe we can pray for those victims."

It's a step these people say everyone can take.

While prayer may be comforting, the Red Cross says what these countries really need most is money. They are taking donations online.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com