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Updated on April 20, 2009

What you can learn from Reading Awakes

Regular Awake readers appreciate the value of its article but for a German couple vacationing in Khao Lak, Thailand, last December, the article entitled “Killer Waves- Myths and Realities, “in the issue of February 8, 2001. proved to be of outstanding value.
    The German newspaper Frankenpost (Selber Tagblatt) reported the couple’s experience: “We had been swimming”, recalls Roswitha Gesell. After swimming in the sea, the Gesells went to their hotel to get changed. Reiner Gesell describes the eerie scene that greeted them after that : ‘When we got back to the beach ten minutes later, the sea had disappeared. As far as the reef, which was about seven kilometers from the coast, the only thing that could be seen was the seafloor. All the swimmers who had still been in the water has been carried out sea.  The Gessells owe their survival to an article in the article in Awake magazine. The article explained the tsunamis are often preceded by unusual outgoing tides.                      
     “When the Gesells saw the giant wave in the distance, they turned around and started running. Reiner Gesell remembers that the wall of water seemed to be 12 to 15 meters high. One of his worst memories was of the other tourists on the beach just gaping at the sea. “They simply stayed put. I shouted that they should run to safety, but no one reacted. “Hardly any of them survived.”
    Speaking of Gesells, the newspaper article also commented: “As Jehovah Witnesses, during their vacation they associated with the nearest congregation, which was 140 kilometers away from Khao Lak. When their fellow believers heard about the catastrophe, the entire congregation headed for Khao Lak to look for them.
    Now safely back in Germany, how grateful these couples are for the valuable information contained in Awake! And how grateful they are to the Thai people who helped them, particularly their spiritual brothers, particularly their spiritual brothers, who demonstrate genuine Christian love!

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