Nepal’s Earthquake Relief
12/5/15 SOURCE: Courtesy of :- (http://goodnewsblog.tfionline.com/en/post/nepals_earthquake_relief/)
Just before noon on April 25, a powerful earthquake rocked Nepal. Officials say Saturday's quake, with a moment magnitude of 7.8 Mw, killed at least 7,500 and injured over 14,500 people.
The UN says more than eight million people have been affected and hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed.
We got in touch with Stephen, who has been involved in mission trips to Nepal over the last few years, and he sent us the following news.
By Stephen, Taiwan
I was in Nepal for the past month and actually was there on the day of the earthquake.
I was sharing my testimony at a local church when the earthquake hit. After prayer, we dispersed, and I was on the streets of Kathmandu filming and encouraging people after the quake and during the subsequent tremors. My main concern was getting back to the home of our school’s principal, since his children had been left with a caretaker. It took me about two hours to get back.
St. Joseph's was still standing as a witness of God's love and protection. It has now become a haven and witness to the people of the area that this Christian God is quite powerful and “cares for His own.”
My flight back to Taiwan was booked for the following afternoon. Had I not pre-booked that flight, it would’ve been very difficult to leave, as thousands of tourists descended on the tiny airport in a frantic dash to get out. I felt that if I left I would be abandoning Nepal at the very time of need, but the Lord assured me I could do more on the outside to help and then come back.
On the morning of my departure, I took to the streets on a motorcycle to check on some friends and assure them I would return. That afternoon more tremors hit as we drove to the airport. In spite of the confusion and an 11-hour wait at the airport, I was able to fly out.
I witnessed to the people at the airport, praying and giving words of encouragement. When I found myself at Chinese Immigrations in transit to Taiwan, I ended up witnessing to the immigration officers there as well, since they had heard of the quake.
I am currently in Taiwan but will return to Nepal in a few days to bring items, and Lord willing, finances, to St. Joseph's school. Many of the homes of the children who attend St. Joseph's have been damaged, and some are living in partially destroyed homes. Some of the parents of the children were killed in the quake, but the majority were spared.
I now have a sponsor from the U.S. who is going to meet me in Nepal to assess the situation and hopefully help repair the school.
In the meantime, I am fundraising to bring tarps, sheets, clothing, and funds, as the monsoon season is around the corner and people are requesting such items since they are not able to get them locally.
I just spoke with the general manager of a large airline here in Taiwan, and they are willing to donate 500–600 kg of overweight for my trip to Nepal. We also have a Nepalese army general to facilitate the customs red tape at the airport when I arrive. Praise God! He is so faithful in His care for those in need.
Please check my website for updates.
Here is a video, which includes a few clips taken shortly after the quake. It also includes footage of the St. Joseph’s school taken weeks prior to the quake.
If you would like to donate to Stephen’s mission work in Nepal directly, you can send him a gift via PayPal at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE MIRACLE BABY
THE TERRIFIED MOTHER WHO GAVE
BIRTH JUST AS THE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK
- ‘I watched cracks appear in
hospital walls and patients run for their
- Asha Shrestha was in labour when the earthquake hit, causing cracks in the walls of the Kathmandu maternity unit
- 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck in an isolated area 42 miles west of Namche Bazar and triggered deadly landslides
- The tremors were felt over thousands of miles and as far apart as Dhaka in Bangladesh and New Delhi in India
- Nepal's Home Ministry says the death toll from the earthquake has now risen to at least 37, and is likely to grow
- Seventeen other victims were recorded in India and another person lost their life in Tibet, it has been reported
- Comes less than three weeks after a quake devastated the region, leaving 8,000 dead and thousands homeless
- US officials said a US Marine Corps helicopter with two Nepalese soldiers and six US Marines on board is missing
A terrified mother watched cracks appear in the walls of a Kathmandu maternity unit and felt the ground shake beneath her feet as a massive earthquake struck Nepal while she was in labour.
Plaster began falling from the walls and patients ran for their lives as Asha Shrestha, 29, prepared to give birth in an operating theatre in Prashuti Griha Hospital.
Her distressed relatives carried her from the room and sheltered in a tent after the powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit, killing dozens of people and sending thousands more rushing out in to the streets of the capital Kathmandu.
An hour later, Ms Shrestha gave birth to her daughter in an emergency room and lay down side-by-side with other new mothers and their babies in a corridor.
Her home was destroyed less than three weeks ago when a devastating 7.8-magnitude quake killed more than 8,000 people, flattened entire villages and left hundreds of thousands homeless in the region.
Newborn: Asha Shrestha (pictured with her baby girl on a corridor floor) was in labour when the powerful earthquake struck Nepal