Entire villages were flattened by the earthquake. The most impoverished, with homes and buildings constructed of low-quality materials, were hit hardest of all.
Survivors take shelter in a roofed basketball court that survived the earthquake.
Hospitals are overflowing as many of the 10,000-plus people injured in the earthquake seek desperately-needed medical attention.
Encourage your church to come to the aid of our Nepali brothers and sisters. Download the bulletin insert or newsletter page here and share it with your congregation this week.
In the wake of the devastating 7.9-magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley last Saturday, rescue and relief workers are struggling to keep up with the overwhelming need for food, clean water, shelter and medical care. Over 5,000 were killed in the disaster, and victims, both living and deceased, are still being dug out of the wreckage. Few rural villages have received any assistance at all.
Domestic and international aid organizations are struggling to fill the gaps in relief efforts left by the overstretched Nepali government. International Ministries (IM) partners in Nepal, such as Human Development and Community Service (HDCC) and Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC), are among those best positioned to provide on-the-ground support to the ones most impacted by the earthquake.
IM’s initial gift of $25,000 in emergency funds through One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) will help these and other partners begin to address immediate needs. However, much more is needed to sustain this effort and begin to establish livable conditions for the hundreds of thousands of Nepali people who have lost their homes.
Christian Community Credit Union (CCCU) has offered a $15,000 matching fund for gifts to Nepal Earthquake Relief through OGHS, to raise a total of $30,000 for the survivors of the earthquake. This opportunity will be available through June 30, 2015. Those who wish to take advantage of this offer should mark their donations with “OGHS - Nepal Earthquake Relief - CCCU.” To give online, click here.
CCCU, a longstanding partner of IM, also makes regular donations to IM through its Visa Signature Rewards Card. To learn more about the card that gives to global mission, click here.
All photos courtesy of BMS World Mission.