On April 25th Nepal was struck by an earthquake of 7.8 magnitude followed by a second large quake on May 12th of 7.4, leaving 8,934 dead, 25,452 injured and over 250 missing… that have been recorded. There have been 311 aftershocks of over a 4 in magnitude in just 5 weeks. All schools were closed for 5 weeks, and even now many schools are meeting in open fields under tarps for classes as their schools have either collapsed or are severely damaged. Many villages were flattened, leaving not a single house standing. Thousands upon thousands are living outside in tents, and the ones that are in their homes run outside several times a day as aftershocks continue to shake the nation.
Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) lecture phase finished just one day before the first earthquake hit, and were preparing to go on their outreach phase into surrounding district villages. Once the quake hit, we decided to keep them back a couple days extra in order to pray and seek the Lord on where they were to go and what they were to do. Both of our teams felt they were to go straight into the heart of where the quake hit, the epicenter located in Gorkha. Gorkha is Padam’s home village, where he grew up… and 95% of the houses there have been destroyed. Our teams went out and distributed rice, beans, noodles, cooking oil, salt, etc by truck-loads, as well as tarps and tin for making shelters. Our teams have also done much labor, digging through debris to uncover the villagers personal items and supplies. The villagers were surprised to see them work so hard for those they did not know, which has enabled them to be a real example of Christ’s love. Actions speak more than words… and many of the people who were once hardened to the gospel have come on their own accord to ask why it is that our teams are showing so much love and care for them. They are working long hard days, and without fear entering severely damaged houses to uncover lost possessions.
We are now in “Phase 2” of the earthquake relief efforts. Phase 1 was meeting the immediate needs of the people, but tarp shelters do not last forever. Phase 2 consists of building “Portable Shelters”- an iron and tin dome that will withstand the high winds and heavy rain of monsoon. One shelter costs $100 USD, and houses one family! The materials used in these shelters are 100% recyclable. They can live in them for as long as they need to get back on their feet, and then as they rebuild their permanent homes the iron and tin from the temporary shelters can be re-used as their permanent roof on their new home. As of now, our teams have already completed 60 shelters... woud you consider helping us to provide brighter futures to another 150 families?
Please stand with us as we work to rebuild Nepal! Just $100 can change the future of an entire family in Nepal!!!
Thank you, and many bessings!
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