Radio Man Helps Tsunami Victims Firsthand

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Following a four-year hiatus from his worldwide ministry endeavors, Randy Roberson will soon be providing aid to Southeast Asian victims of the tsunami.

Roberson said he will take a two-week leave from his position as KRIM radio station manager to travel to Thailand, Sri Lanka and India where he will help set up six 12-volt chlorine generators that will be used to purify 4,000 gallons of water per hour.

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Randy Roberson will leave this week on a mission to Indonesia and the other areas ravaged by last month's tsunami. He will be taking water purification systems to the victims.

While details of the trip are in the planning stages, Roberson said he hopes to leave late this week from Phoenix Sky Harbor International airport and fly to Bangkok, Thailand.

There, he will use the city as his home base as he travels through the three countries, helping repair water supplies and teaching the survivors of the tsunami how to purify their contaminated water.

His schedule is "pretty aggressive but can be done," he said.

When Roberson returns to Payson, he'll try to ship additional purifying generators to Southeast Asia.

To prepare for his travels, Roberson said he has been in contact with government agencies, Christian ministries and United Nation representatives to set up a loose-knit plan for his trip.

He, however, quickly admitted that his Christian faith will play a huge role in what he hopes to accomplish.

"I'm trusting the Lord will open the doors that need to be opened," he said.

He is also relying on the skills he learned while working with the late Dr. Larry Ward and the now-defunct World/Aid program.

Eight years prior to Ward's death in 2003, Roberson traveled with World/Aid to third world countries providing relief and humanitarian aide.

Ward, he said, "was my mentor, he taught we so many things."

Roberson said that after Ward's death and the disbanding of World/Aid he stepped away from his Christian aid work to "find a job to pay my bills."

After learning of the tsunami tragedy, he made the decision --s a concerned Christian -- to become involved in the relief efforts.

For those who wish to contribute to the tsunami relief activities, an account has been set up at Stockmen's Bank.

"If people want to become involved they can do it knowing 100 percent of their money will go to the effort," Roberson said. "There will be no overhead taken out."

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