United Methodist missionaries Don and Ramona Turman watched the words crawl across their TV screen in Jakarta: "Indonesia Menangis."
Translation: "Indonesia is crying."
The Indonesian island of Sumatra was near the epicenter of the December 26 undersea earthquake that sent tidal waves crashing into 12 countries around the Indian Ocean. The waves killed at least 117,000 people and washed away entire villages.
The Turmans offered words of assurance in an open letter to family and friends.