From Our President
Do Your Best to Help Rebuild Nepal
Dear Believer in the Harvest,
With a heavy heart I ask you to pray fervently for Nepal, where a magnitude 7.8 earthquake
shattered the lives of thousands of people in and around Kathmandu April 25.
At the writing of this letter we know of more than 7,000 deaths—people buried beneath
collapsed buildings and landslides. Countless more suffered injury in the sudden disaster. With
168 aftershocks as of today, people don’t even know where to walk.
“People are not sure where to go or what to do,” said S.S. Chhetri, a native mission leader who
was already in the U.S. and visited Christian Aid Mission with an update just days following the
Christians were exiting churches at noon when the earth groaned that Saturday in Nepal. The
earth shook violently, throwing people to the ground.
Whole villages vanished along the border of Tibet. Homes crumbled. Fumes fill the air from
cremations. The stench of death is everywhere. In some places people cannot recognize their
Christians carry relief on their backs to people in remote areas. They haul bags of rice, salt,
noodles, water and medicines over steep mountainsides to reach injured people clustered beneath plastic tarps. Medical teams diligently search for the stranded. But it’s not easy. Landslides and
floods cover many main roads in this monsoon season.
What can we do? What can you do?
“Pray for Nepal. Send your love gift to Nepal. This is a time of need,” Chhetri said. “Do your
best for Nepal.”
At the first news of the earthquake, our overseas director for South Asia booked a flight and,
within a few days, Sarla was in Nepal, her native land, checking on the local ministries and
missionaries helped by Christian Aid. She called to report that there was a community of 1,700
people living under tarps near the epicenter. She said ministries were uniting to feed them.
“This is a massive disaster,” she said with urgency as she absorbed the sights of destruction in
her homeland, and breathed the thick smell of the dead burning. “There’s a lot of despair, but
there’s also hope.”
Believers, despite their loss, are placing their hope in the living God.
“We need to be salt and light to show the love of Jesus,” Chhetri said. “I am a church leader. We
are helping with a strong and courageous heart.”
The love of the Lord Jesus remains in Nepal. His presence rises in the midst of devastation.
Christians sacrificially love those around them.
“We have 100 people living in our greenhouse,” Chhetri said.
At Christian Aid we are doing all we can to help those who need it the most. I am praying Isaiah
40:31 for the Nepali people:
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as
eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Pray for children, who are so traumatized they are clinging to adults. Many are sick. Pray for
Nepal. Gifts already received have helped native mission leaders supply food, water and blankets.
Now they need to rebuild. Together we can help them.
Send your love offering to Christian Aid so we can put it in the hands of those who can
distribute aid to the suffering and start the rebuilding process.
Until there is a people for His name in all nations,
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