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As many of us are now aware, international news agencies report that the death toll is nearing 8,000 with more than 16,300 having been injured in the quake. The United Nations is reporting more than 8 million people affected with over 2.8 million people displaced. Many buildings and homes were reduced to rubble and the Nepalese government is now shifting its attention to the millions who have become homeless as a result, many of whom are doing the best that they can to subsist in temporary tent villages.
Outside of Kathmandu, towns and villages have suffered the most devastation. Rescue efforts both internationally and locally are currently doing their best to reach the most remote areas and the people who have been affected in those regions. As pictures poured in from the internet and from our friends in Kathmandu, it has been heartbreaking to see the devastation that the quake has wrought.
OUR CHURCH FAMILY
In the midst of all of this, we are thankful that our friends, Ps Ranjit and Sarah Kunwar of Living Church and Matt and Heather Gibson, are safe. Over the past two weeks, our team have been in regular communication with them and have been encouraged by their reports. Yet, the truth is, as someone once said, no one is ever prepared to see the type of loss that something like a natural disaster of this proportion brings. We have found this to be true, as we have shed tears alongside our brothers and sisters in Nepal. One thing though, is that even if we are never quite prepared to bear witness to such unexpected events, as Christians, one thing that we can always be prepared to do is to RESPOND.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CHURCH TO SHINE
Just this past Sunday, Ps Wayne brought a timely and encouraging word to the church, reminding each and every one of us how we have been called to be a light to those around us. As a church, we exist to help people; to bring God’s love and to be His hands and feet to a world that needs Him. When trouble comes, we don’t shrink back. Rather, we guide people through hard times with the love of Christ.
There are plenty of government and non-government organizations who are providing large scale assistance in search and rescue, and in the long-term, rebuilding efforts across Nepal. While these organizations are doing all they can to rebuild a nation, as they must, our response to the crisis in Nepal is simply this: We want to be a part of re-building the Church. As a local church in Hong Kong, we want to be proactive in helping our church family abroad. We want to pray for them, believe in them and get alongside them. We want to do all that we can to support them, as they work fervently now in becoming a part of the solution on the ground.
FINANCE IS NEEDED
As we talk about our ability at Sky to respond, one of the biggest areas of need that Ps Ranjit and the team have expressed is for financial assistance. The next few months will be a critical time as efforts are focused on helping the many who have been displaced from their homes. Ps Ranjit and the Living Church family are coordinating feeding programs within Kathmandu and also beginning to take teams out to the villages. This is an opportunity for the church to shine in her community. Any support that we are able to raise will go directly into helping them to purchase water, food and basic medical supplies for their outreach efforts.
Over the next few months, we will continue to communicate with the Living Church team as well to see when an appropriate team might be for us to send a Sky team there. Nepal remains a nation that holds a significant place in our hearts and we are committed to doing all that we can to be an encouragement over the new few weeks, months and even years.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to contribute to the immediate financial need in Nepal, or would like to discuss more about ways in which you can help, please contact our team at the church office. You can make donations during all of our Sunday services or you can donate anytime through direct bank transfer. Once again, please contact our office if you would like more details.
Let us remember though that one of the most powerful things that we can always do is to pray. Continue to pray for all those in Nepal… Pray for those who are brokenhearted; that they would be comforted. Pray for those in need of healing. For those who mourn and for those who need hope. Pray for our friends there… for the churches there… Pray that the Christians in their nation would have great courage and wisdom during this time; that they would rise up and truly be God’s salt and light.
With heartfelt thanks,
The Sky City Church Team[/fusion_text]