'Miracle' saves lives in Nepal earthquake; others unaccounted for

April 25, 2015

A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Nepal, with initial accounts reporting more than 1,000 dead . . . a number sure to rise dramatically as rescue efforts get underway.

Christian Aid Mission has been able to contact the leaders of two out of the 12 indigenous ministries they help in Nepal. One, the leader of a Tibetan fellowship in Kathmandu, called it "a miracle" that the deadly earthquake struck just as worshippers were exiting the church building. "Ten minutes earlier and everyone would still have been inside," said Christian Aid's South Asia Director, herself a native of Nepal. "There would have certainly been many injuries, if not deaths."

A leader in another city reported no injuries among their people, while the rest could not be contacted because phone lines are down and cell service disrupted in those regions. Their status remains unknown at this time.

The Nepali government is urging people to stay outside, away from damaged buildings that may still collapse.

The victims of the earthquake – the largest in Nepal since the 1934 killer quake that claimed 10,000 lives – are desperately in need of prayer and physical provisions like food, water, medicine and shelter. Christian Aid is asking for urgent gifts today to send to the ministries they help in Nepal, so they can start meeting the immediate needs of the victims.