Dear ACTION Friends,
We awoke this morning to the terrible news that a 7.8 magnitude earthquake had struck Nepal, with the epicenter located in the area between Pokhara and Kathmandu. The initial death toll is near 2,000 but is certain to rise as more information becomes available.
All day I have been contacting our Associate Missionaries, ministry partners and friends in Nepal to make sure they are safe and to determine what our team can do to assist the churches and communities that have been devastated by this disaster.
As far as I can ascertain, all our ACTION people are safe but all their families have had to leave their homes due to the considerable damage those structures sustained. Some are living in tents and have suffered the loss of many personal belongings that were smashed, such as computers, furniture, and appliances. The government is warning people to stay out of buildings due to possible collapse.
One of the churches we partner with has set up tents on the church grounds to accommodative families who have lost their homes. Our friends there report that there have been more than 60 aftershocks since the major quake, and with power out in the area they are concerned they will soon be unable to communicate with us cell phone.
Our team of Nepali workers is already at work strategizing how ACTION can partner with them and their networked churches to bring the love of Christ and the good deeds of the gospel to those in greatest need. Our missionaries in India are also ready to participate in relief efforts as needed.
Though we do not yet have details or a definite budget, we know we will definitely be helping our team rebuild their own homes and lives, and at the same time they will be helping others in their communities do the same.
Will you please consider sending in a donation today that will allow us to begin helping these dear brethren? Please click here to give online.
Thank you very much for your prayers. Please check back for additional relief information as it becomes available.
Yours in Christ,