Update: May 4, 2015
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. There are many reports and images from news networks around the world but we wanted to bring you some specifics as they relate to our members and their communities. So far, there are no reports of casualties among our members.
Dharkhola is in the eastern part of the country where the terrain is mountainous. This area was hit very hard. Many people lost their lives in this region buried in the collapse of their own home. Our Evangelist Shrestha travelled to this region bringing supplies. He reported the roads were covered in bricks with the stench of rotting animals trapped and dead beneath. The sense is that 90% of the houses have been destroyed in this region. Our church building was also destroyed along with the houses of members.
5 kilometers away from Dharkhola is Sipapokhare. Our church building, only recently completed, was damaged but spared. Most of our members in this area lost their home. Our members are uninjured but living in alternative shelters unsuitable for the environment. All livestock of cattle and farms were destroyed. Our Evangelist delivered basic supplies of blankets, food and water to this region. Our members received instructions on how to protect themselves from disease.
Our members are in immediate need of basic supplies. We are working through our network of ministers on the ground to deliver this aid and plan to sustain this support for the next three months as a start. The members are not used to living in tents. They are coping by throwing a tin roof over piled up bricks to use as temporary shelters. A longer term plan is in development to help with building materials and church repairs.
Your donations and prayers are very much appreciated.