Tales of the Tsunami
Four members of the SPU community – whose lives were rocked by the Asian
tsunami – share stories of hope and faith in a disaster zone.
On December 26, 2004, Emily Drury ’03 found
herself gasping for breath and fighting for her life near the shore at her beachfront hotel in Thailand.
Minutes later, but thousands of miles away in Seattle, SPU student Naam Khampee’s phone was ringing. She learned that her father in
Thailand was injured and unaccounted for.
Within hours of hearing national news reports, Dick Frederick ’63 left the comfort of his
post-Christmas home to help assemble disaster-response teams.
Halfway across the globe in Tokyo, Japan,
U.S. Air Force navigator Sarah O’Banion ’02 kissed her husband and infant son goodbye and left for a relief mission to Southeast Asia.
What a difference a day makes.
Emily Drury: Lost and Found
Naam Khampee: A Father's Promise
Dick Frederick: The Healing Love of Christ
Sarah O'Banion: Beyond the Call of Duty
— BY SARAH JIO
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