Our partner in Nepal, Mark reports, “Overall, good steady progress on the physical response efforts in Nepal earthquake relief. There will be about 6-8 more community centers completed this month (July), a number of these in partnership with the local church network (140 churches). They have been supplying a lot of workers to help in the community center and housing work.”
“We are seeing a door open through the response for a potential new church plant. Local pastor is seeing more opportunities and more of the community turning to him for help. Another church that was threatened with burning by neighbors last Christmas reported that after helping the community, people said, ‘You are now our friends.’ Also heard another story of a church that periodically got stones thrown at it by neighbors; after the quake 70 families sought shelter on the grounds.”
Rain, Rain Go Away!
An OC worker in the area also reports: “Our OC Nepal earthquake relief continues on. Though the story has fallen out of the news, it is still quite an issue in Nepal and will affect many for months to come if not years. As the rainy season gets started, obviously sturdier living quarters are very important. This is one of the big needs that we are addressing. As well, a concern and significant danger that is on the minds of many is that of landslides. Nepal suffers from serious landslides every rainy season, but with such a large earthquake, it seems quite likely that hillsides could be even more vulnerable to sliding. Surely many villages are at significant risk. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about this except for prayer – but of course prayer is one of the most important ways we trust God and lift up our brothers and sisters.”
Practical Work Being Done
“As for the Nepal earthquake relief work done so far, we have built (or distributed building materials) for 159 tin roof house shelters, 1 mission school, 3 churches/community centers with another 10 of these soon to be underway. Around 7500 kilograms of rice along with other staples like dhal (lentils), salt, and cooking oil have been distributed. Also practical things like pots, pans, and utensils have been given to those in need. Trauma counseling has been done in numerous locations. Still, this is just a drop in the bucket. We are still a long way from our goal of 1000 shelters. Please keep praying for the nation of Nepal and for the people as still many are in need of more than a tarp for shelter.”
Partnering & Bridge Building
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