Bringing Jesus & Relief to Nepal

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Why did we come to Nepal?

A strong (7.8) earthquake hit Nepal in the area near Saurpani, between capital Kathmandu and tourist town Pokhara. The earthquake was followed by many powerful aftershocks and a new earthquake (6.7) hit Nepal Sundaya1 April 26. The earthquakes caused extensive damage to buildings and thousands of deaths and injuries and was even felt in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Many (historic) buildings collapsed, temples have been ruined, roads destroyed. Nearly 8000 deaths in Nepal and tens of deaths in India & Tibet.

As believers, I believe that is the church’s responsibility to respond to the needs of those left in devastation (Matthew 25:40). So without a budget or plan I decided to pull together some resources and fly immediately out to Nepal to see first hand the wreckage and be a part of the relief efforts.

I didn’t come to Nepal because the Lord necessarily “spoke to me,” or because I felt some overwhelming conviction. I simply wanted to respond to the needs of those affected by this massive earthquake. I have found that it is easiest to minister the Gospel after I have met the immediate needs of the individuals in need of the Gospel. After hearing the death toll from this earthquake rising by the thousands, how could I not respond. So last Friday I began to raise funds, and with only three days to raise the funds and prepare, I realized that taking this step of faith would increase my dependency on the Lord’s divine help and the help of those in the Body of Christ. In less than three days I was able to raise funds for a plane ticket to Nepal and have a little funding to buy a few extra resources. I had no connections in Nepal, and no funding to do work. All I had was a desire to help those in need. So I cleared my scheduled, and decided to pack my bags and go. I am so appreciative for all of those who partnered with us financially and prayed with us. In the last few days God has opened up some tremendous for partnership in ministry,  and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve with these like minded missionaries here in Kathmandu.

What will we be doing in Nepal?

Although all of our plans are not clear to us completely, we do have some idea of what we’ll be doing. We have hooked up with some ministries locally here in Kathmandu, Nepal that we trust, and we have decided to partner with them. On our first day here we will be spending some time feeding, encouraging, and praying with victims in Kathmandu. Then the following days we will hike to villages outside of the city and spend the rest of our time assessing and meeting the needs to the local people in the villages. We will have limited access to internet, so bear with us in our tardiness to send updates on our trip.

 

What do we need?

 

1.  Prayer

Here are some prayer points:

  •  Pray for the healing of the nation of Nepal. That out of this great tragedy will come a greater testimony. We want to believe for hearts to be more open to the Gospel and receptive to Jesus and the faith.
  • Pray for our team’s safety and health. A trip like this takes a toll on the body and the spirit. So cover our physical body in prayer, but also cover our spiritual well being. Specifically pray for our emotions and spiritual senses to be awakened but not overwhelmed by what we see.
  • Pray for divine connections. I get a sense that The Collide will be supporting some on going work here in Nepal. We are asking God to show us the right ministries to partner with, so that His kingdom may be established rightly in the nation of Nepal
  • Pray for the church of Nepal. There are churches and seminaries here, so we want to pray that they will grow stronger, and that because of this earthquake there will be an explosion of growth and support in their ministries.
  • Pray specifically for those left as widows and orphans from the earthquake. I believe that true Christian faith has an extra responsibility to care for orphans and widows (James 1:27), and because of that, part of our time in the villages of Nepal will be dedicated to searching for orphans who need a home.

2.  Financial Support

Here is where some of your financial support is going:

  • Flights for the team
  • Camping & hiking supplies (i.e. tents, sleeping bags, emergency kits, mosquito nets, and etc.)
  • Food & Shelter when while we are in the city
  • Relief work
  • Ground transportation
  • Ongoing work when we leave. We would like to leave some funds designated specifically for relief work with our partnered ministries here in Nepal after we have left for the States. Our goal is to leave thousands, but that all depends on the generosity of our supporters

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