Dear praying friends,
As most of you will have heard Nepal has been struck by a large earthquake and then several aftershocks since Saturday’s initial 7.9 earthquake at about midday on Saturday; I have received messages from a lot of people and thought it best to send a brief update.
I was in Pokhara and it was a scary experience of shaking buildings and ground which went on for what seemed a very long time; followed by another about an hour later and several small shakes over the next 24 hours, with a bigger one Sunday again around 1pm.
But Pokhara came off very lightly with amazingly very little damage and injuries/ deaths. Kathmandu and the districts of Lamjung, Gorkha and Dhadding are much more serious and I think we have not heard the full extend of what the damage is there. I have heard from people I know in Gorkha who are ok but have lost their houses; most of those in my church come from Dhadding where they have heard of lots of destruction and many lives lost.
Thankfully it seems the airport has not been damaged and so aid can also get in; as far as I know Kathmandu remains without power and water.
While Pokhara is so close, we also feel very far away and are unsure how to help.
We are in the middle of our bi-annual 10 day cerebral palsy camp which we have 11 children staying with their mother/father. At this stage we are continuing roughly our program as this is still an important thing and there is little else we can do; they cannot return easily to their villages and our accommodation in Pokhara is the safest you could find if more shakes come. Obviously everyone is very anxious and sad too and any movement/truck etc causes most of us to wonder if it is another one coming.
Please pray for Nepal; pray for these places and pray that in the midst of this chaos we can help people to see that this home we build here is so temporary but we can have a permanent home; and peace in our hearts through Jesus.
Please also join us in praying for:
· effective rescue efforts.
· good water and sanitation to be set up in Kathmandu to prevent disease outbreak.
· for the church to be a comfort to those who are grieving and a practical help to those who need it.
“so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary and what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:18
Thanks so much; we all here really value your prayer at this time.