At about 11:41 a.m. on April 25, 2015, ten-year-old Raju was playing with a stick when the earth started to move. He felt a deep rumbling as the 7.9 seismic quake occurred, and with the aftershocks, the death toll in Nepal rose to over 8,500 people.
Raju ran into his shelter to be with his parents, but his family had to flee as the rickety structure crumbled. Like thousands of others, Raju and his family have been sleeping outside, using large sheets of plastic as a covering from the elements.
Within 36 hours of the earthquake, GR3 Inc. and ACTS World Relief had assembled a first responder team, which included a number of medical doctors from Harvard Humanitarian Initiative-affiliated B.I.D.M.C. Disaster Fellowship physicians and nurses.
They flew to Kathmandu to assist Scheer Memorial Hospital and its CEO, Dr. Dale Mole. The team included seasoned responders such as Dean Tidwell, Dr. Everhart, Roland Lussier, Michael Loesch, and many highly qualified medical doctors and support medical personnel, and brought medical supplies worth thousands of dollars.
Shortly after their arrival, one of the medical teams travelled to a remote location and found a van that had been crushed by rocks and landslides. Hearing sounds coming from the van, they found a young boy of about ten still alive, but his hand was trapped in the metal debris. All the other occupants were deceased.
They were able to extricate the boy from the van and rush him to the hospital. Miraculously, they were able to save the boy’s life, but he lost his hand from the accident. There are so many heartbreaking stories of tragedy and need, but the one common element the rescue teams have noticed is the resilience and positive attitude of the people. They have lost everything, and are now living in the open space with rubble all around them.
The monsoon season is fast approaching, but they have a hope that it is going to be all right. In fact, many Nepali people asked the team members for Bibles. Some of these people lost everything and the most important thing to them right now is to have a Bible!
A Fragile Country
The catastrophe that has been visited on this small and fragile country and its people is indescribable. This country, already on its knees, has been hit again, and international assistance is critical.
The human trafficking statistics show that thousands of women and girls are working in Kathmandu’s adult entertainment sector. Over half of these workers are under 18, and these unfortunate girls are stuck in a cycle of despair and violence.
We have deployed teams of psycho/social specialists to assist with the situation in Nepal, and it is only through your generous donations that we can continue to provide these much-needed support services.
You Can Help
Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal and the relief workers who are assisting them to rebuild their lives. Please continue to financially support this relief effort. Your prayers and support for the Christian church to plant churches and reach the unsaved of Nepal with the gospel of Jesus Christ is a fundamental priority. God continues to rock the land that worships Buddha, in an attempt to wake them up to the truth of His Word. Your donations will allow families and orphans to live in shelters as the rainy season starts.
Please send your donations to:
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You can also donate directly at actswr.org.
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