When natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes and flooding occur, children often wonder why bad things happen. A Christian outreach is taking advantage of this by spreading thousands of pamphlets aimed at healing children's emotional trauma by converting them to the Christian faith.
The Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) says that food and shelter is not enough in the wake of natural and man-made disasters. The CEF says that it "attends to another need just as pressing: The desperate need to understand why God let this tragedy happen."
The CEF distributes a booklet titled "Do You Wonder Why?" to children who are the victims of disasters. The Christian booklet explains "[disaster's] roots in humankind's collective choice against God; the hope of the gospel; and the wonder of a God who loves them, watches over them and will never forsake them."
According to the CEF's press release, it has distributed a half million of these books to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. It is distributing booklets to the tornado-struck regions of Alabama and Missouri. 10,000 booklets were distributed after earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, 32,000 in Haiti and another 20,000 in Eastern Japan.
According to CEF, once their booklets reach a disaster area, formal and informal partner organizations such as the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Relief teams, Christian newspapers, local churches, schools, stores, and supermarkets help distribute them. In Alabama, a power company distributing food and water also distributed the Christian booklets. According to Doug Clarke, the CEF State Director for Alabama, "these distribution centers were more than willing to distribute the booklets; they had nothing to provide the children to help them through the crisis."