RELIEF WORK AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE
In March 2015 at our annual Nepali pastors conference held in Kathmandu the theme was “Rebuilding” based on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Pastors David Grisanti and Jason Biel taught from these books. As many of you know a powerful earthquake hit Nepal and India on April 25 that killed thousands mainly in Nepal. The 7.9 magnitude quake struck Nepal during the day time on Saturday and it is the worst recorded earthquake in the last 81 years.
HMU conducted 10 relief camps with one especially for children shortly after the disastrous earthquake. While many relief agencies concentrated on Kathmandu and its surrounding areas, HMU focused on helping smaller villages with supplies of food, clothing, blankets, and tents. Pastor Baburam Tamang our Nepal leader coordinated the transport and distribution of the supplies provided by our supporters in the U.S.A. Many of our other missionaries are assisting particularly in the more remote villages.
Thirteen churches or house churches in the Dhading province were either partially or completely collapsed. Church proved to be a good place to be when the earthquake hit on Saturday the day Nepalese Christians worship. Actually fewer believers affiliated with HMU churches were killed while at worship than those that were not at services. According to the report four believers died and all were in places other than church. It was a privilege to provide them with the tents made possible by those who generously donated to our special relief fund. Many families have not received any help from the government. Only in a few places was relief work associated with local government representatives or politicians.