The injured and hungry huddle beneath plastic tarps
and other makeshift shelters, afraid to enter still-standing buildings out of fear that they, too, could collapse in one of the many daily aftershocks. Water service is cut off. What water is available is likely contaminated. Diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and typhoid fever are making their way through groups of earthquake survivors.
Contact with the outside world – or even within Nepal – is spotty
as downed telephone lines and cell phone towers often prohibit communication.
"People are afraid to go into their homes," reports S.S. Chhetrie, a Christian ministry leader in Nepal who is reaching out to the victims. "They are traumatized . . . Many children are getting sick. In their time of need, our job is to show them the love and comfort of Christ." And that is exactly what indigenous ministries are doing right now.
The indigenous ministries in Nepal that Christian Aid Mission assists are well-positioned to distribute aid to survivors of the 7.8-scale earthquake – and a second 7.3 tremor on May 12 – that together took the lives of an estimated 10,000 people and injured at least 17,000 others. In one district alone, 70,000 of the 75,000 homes have been destroyed. With rains and landslides cutting off road access to many areas, local Christian workers know how to get aid to people deprived of their homes and to come alongside the shell-shocked survivors in their trauma. The ministries that Christian Aid assists can inexpensively purchase food, water and tents from local sources and effectively get the supplies to those in need, even carrying large bags of food on their backs up the steep mountainsides. Your tax-deducible gift today helps victims of these devastating earthquakes in Nepal. You can make a difference in their lives through material provisions, and – more important – the gospel.
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"In Bhaktapur District, outside Kathmandu, I could smell the smell of death – bulldozers were trying to clean up, but we knew there were bodies still there in the rubble. I was crying out for the people of Nepal, but for those who are in Christ, we have a new beginning. If our bodies are destroyed, we have eternal hope in Christ."
Sarla, a native Nepali working with indigenous ministries there
"It's the beginning of the monsoon season, so it's hard to build houses. The new session of school is supposed to start soon, but there is no school building standing. Pray, pray, pray please!"
A Nepali ministry leader
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