Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed.
Psalm 57:1 (NIV)
With the death toll from the earthquake exceeding 4,000 and continuing to climb, and the estimates of injured surpassing 7,000, the situation in Nepal seems bleak to many who have lost family members, their home, their business, and some their entire village. In addition to the original 7.9 magnitude earthquake, there have been well over 100 after-shocks, one registered with a magnitude of 6.7—an earthquake in its own right.
People have been told by the government to stay out of buildings because they are structurally unsound. And to compound their plight, it has rained heavily since the initial quake, meaning that people must live and sleep outside in the rain and cold.
ServeNow National Director of Nepal, Arjun Dhakal tells us,
- “The scene is very scary; people are frightened and have lost hope. Many buildings have collapsed, the situation is devastating.”
Immediately upon hearing of the quake, ServeNow staff around the world began relief efforts. Within a few hours, the ServeNow headquarters of India mobilized a medical team, and purchased bottled water, food, and medical supplies to truck into Nepal through Siliguri, a town on the border. Those supplies are expected to arrive later this week, and the medical team this weekend.
Though it will be a few days until the outside resources are available, Arjun and his team of volunteers acquired tents, food, and water on Monday and took them to outlying villages and more remote areas of the country.
- “Monday we visited Sindhupalchwok, where the largest number of people lost their lives, and those who survived lost their relatives, their homes, and their belongings. No other organizations had yet arrived in the village. ServeNow provided tents for shelter, food and water to people who exclaimed that these things were more valuable than millions of rupees.” ~Arjun
- Isaiah 58:9 over Nepal,
“Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”
- For the ServeNow staff, as we organize and mobilize efforts to provide clean water, food, tents, and medical supplies to those in need.
- In thanksgiving that God kept safe Arjun and his family, and all of the recent tailoring school graduates.
- For the funding to cover the costs of getting supplies into areas of need.
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