UPDATED: Nepal Earthquake

UPDATE: 6/9/15

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal in late April, thousands of CRF supporters began praying and donating—and our disaster relief team immediately packed their bags.

Aided by your prayers and support, our medical response team arrived in Nepal as soon as possible and began working tirelessly to provide medical care and hope to earthquake victims.

Gigie Carranza, one of our team members, kept a diary during her time in Nepal. We wanted to share some highlights with you:

May 6, Wednesday: Dr. Evelyn and I were roused from our sleep by an aftershock. Yesterday we visited a small, poor village outside of Kathmandu that had not yet received support. We played with the children, gave food packs to the families, treated many sick women and children and blessed the Nepalese church families.

May 8, Friday: I am preparing activities for the children while Shem, Dr. Evelyn and Dr. Stanley sort out the medicines for our clinic tomorrow. I love spending time and bringing hope to the children while the doctors lead the clinics. We sing Jesus songs, share Bible stories, and play games.

It is such a delight to see those big smiles despite the catastrophe that recently befell them.

May 10, Sunday: Today was a busy day. We went to Thankot, a hilltop village where a church meets. We especially enjoyed the singing and the fellowship with the church before and after the medical clinic. We were able to treat hundreds of people who would not otherwise have received medical care. God is blessing our work. Keep praying!

May 13, Wednesday: Magnitude 7.4 earthquake! We were on our way to a shelter for sexually exploited women and their children when it hit. A cloud of dust enveloped us. People were running and screaming. Praise God that our whole team is safe. 60 more people were killed today. Pray for Nepal.

May 14,Thursday: We had two major aftershocks in the middle of the night. I was awakened by the sound of barking dogs and screaming women.Terror continues to fill Kathmandu.

May 16, Saturday: Today we set up clinic on the side of the road. Men and women came in trickles at first. Before we knew it, we were swamped with people asking for medical attention. Then some shop owners offered their buildings for our clinic. It is truly heartwarming when we bless others like this because they also get to bless their own people! In the afternoon we set up another medical camp and helped hundreds more people.

May 18, Monday: Today is my last day in Nepal. I will forever have Nepal in my heart. Special thanks to CRF donors for allowing us to serve in Nepal. Thank you for praying for us and the people of Nepal!

The work in Nepal has just begun. It will take many years for Nepal to fully recover. Church buildings have been leveled. Children who had already lost their parents have now lost their homes when the earthquake destroyed their orphanages. And whole communities have been affected by the severely damaged infrastructure.

So we are beginning to look toward the future. We are working with local Christians to rebuild homes and churches that will be able to withstand future earthquakes.

Our short-term plan is to provide tin roofing sheets to 1,000+ families. Heavy rains will be coming soon and we want families to be protected even if their homes are damaged or destroyed.

After we provide for the urgent needs of these families, our goal is to help rebuild the communities of Tikabhairab and Goldhunga where the church buildings along with many homes were destroyed.

It is difficult to nail down costs at this point, but our most recent estimate for rebuilding each church is $7,000. And each 2-room brick house will cost around $4,000.

Nepal is out of immediate danger, but the enormity of the destruction is still sinking in. As the media moves on to the next story, many are still left with no hope.

 

Can you help us rebuild?

Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund To Help Earthquake Victims


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UPDATE: 5/19/15

By now our disaster relief team has been on the ground in Nepal for more than a week.  We wanted to give you an update on our work and let you know our plans for the coming months.

 

The team has been very busy visiting rural communities outside of Kathmandu that are not getting the same level of care as larger cities.  They are hard at work treating the sick and injured, counseling children and delivering food and clean water—but most of all they are bringing hope.

 

We want to thank our donors because Nepali lives are being saved and transformed for the glory of God.

 

As we further assess the damage on the ground, it is evident that it will take many years for Nepal to fully recover.  Church buildings have been leveled.  Children who had already lost their parents have now lost their homes when the earthquake destroyed their orphanages.  And entire communities have been affected by the severely damaged infrastructure.

 

So while CRF is still actively supporting the relief effort, we are beginning to shift our focus to rebuilding homes and churches that will be able to withstand future earthquakes.

 

Our short-term plan is to provide tin roofing sheets to 1,000+ families.  Heavy rains will be coming in the next few weeks and we want families to be protected even if their homes are damaged or destroyed.

 

After we provide for the urgent needs of these families, our goal is to help rebuild the communities of Tikabhairab and Goldhunga where the church buildings along with many homes were destroyed.

The estimated cost of rebuilding each church is $7,000. And each 2-room, 10ft. x 20ft. brick house will cost $4,000.

 

Nepal is out of immediate danger, but the enormity of the destruction is sinking in.  As the media moves on to the next story, Nepali children and families are still left with nothing.

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Just two days ago, Nepal was struck with a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake.  Since that time we have watched the death toll rise steadily to more than 4,000 souls with no sign of slowing.

Tens of thousands have lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods.  And UNICEF has announced that the quake has left nearly 1 million children in need of humanitarian aid.

The situation is terrible, but we have been amazed by the outpouring of love from our CRF donors who are asking us for ways they can help the earthquake victims.

Chito Cusi our CRF director in the Philippines, was in contact with Nepali missionaries immediately following the earthquake.  We have learned that one of the greatest needs at this moment is for trained medical professionals.

So we are wasting no time in sending a medical response team along with emergency relief supplies to Kathmandu.

Chito will be leading our response team in their work to provide medical care and counseling to the wounded and sick for as long as necessary.

The team will also work with local Christians to provide temporary housing, food and water to those who have lost everything.

The impact of this earthquake cannot be overstated.  But we ask you to continue praying for God to bring peace and hope to all those affected. The earth may shake, but His unfailing love cannot be moved.

Help victims of this disaster.

Donate to our
Disaster Relief Fund

 

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