Nepal Relief Update – April 25, 2015

April 25th, 08:50 CSTUpdated April 25th, 16:30 CST.

This morning (April 25th, 2015) a 7.9 magnitude earthquake occurred between Pokhara and Kathmandu. The amount of damage is overwhelming. Many people have lost their lives and those who have survived are without food, shelter, and clean water.

We have been in contact with our partners on the ground and we praise God that everyone is alive. We have not heard the status of our many students, but we are continuing to lift them up in prayer.

I spoke with Tej Rokka and was informed that his sister-in-law perished in the earthquake. Please pray for their family. The orphans at SARA Children’s Home are all ok. The building itself suffered some significant structural damage though. The solar array on the roof is broken as well so they are without power. The members of SARA Church, the orphans, and the Bible school students slept outside last night because of the continuing aftershocks. The city looks like a war zone. Many are still trapped under the rubble of buildings that were brought level to the ground. People line the streets, children and injured people wander the street looking for their families. Relief workers are exhausted and many who survived the initial quake will perish before they can be reached.

Here are some ways in which you can pray

For the lost, pray:
for the Lord’s protection over those who are buried and trapped in the rubble
that these afflictions would be a part of God’s plan to awaken them to eternal life
that relief agencies are able get food and clean water to those in need
that those who have perished would be recovered and reunited with their families
for the families of those who lost their lives, may the Prince of Peace become their one comfort

For our brothers and sisters, pray:
that by the power of the Spirit, they would look beyond their loss and seek out the lost who have no comforter
for their protection as they seek shelter and other basic human needs
that they would be given divine opportunities to share the Gospel with those who are afflicted
that the Church (the body) would reflect the radiance of its husband to the nation of Nepal

For children, pray:
that the orphans who once again have no home to live in would be comforted
that those who became orphans today would become adopted sons and daughters
that the Lord would protect the children of Nepal from from the evils that will come in this chaos

For relief teams, pray:
that the Lord provides them with wisdom, strength, and endurance in the days ahead
that the Lord would meet their every need in providing care
for their safety as the navigate unstable and unsafe buildings and environments

Lord, we pray. Extend your arm and show mercy to Nepal. May your saints in Nepal serve as you served and love as you loved us. May You be glorified through your bride in these dark and painful days.

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