Where Can I Find Refuge in the Middle of Disaster?

 

The structural damage to buildings is extensive throughout Nepal.

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.

Tens of thousands camp out in parks, golf courses, and the streets in order to avoid falling debris during after-shocks.

Tens of thousands camp out in parks, golf courses, and the streets in order to avoid falling debris during after-shocks.

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.

ServeNow volunteers prepare large tents to provide shelter to earthquake victims in the village of Sindhupalchwok.

“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

Happy faces greeted ServeNow volunteers who distributed food.

Please Pray:

  • 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.

Leave your prayers as a comment below for Arjun, the tailoring students, and ServeNow volunteers.


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The Time is Now!

2015-04-21 India kids camp

“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord”. Amos 8:11 (NLT)

Summer is coming quickly and parents around the country are planning summer activities and camps for their children. This year, children from a destitute and spiritually dry area of northern India are looking forward to camp as well. Our National Director for India says, “The kids are so excited to come to the camp, as this is something they have never experienced before.”

The children come primarily from non-Christian families, and were identified by local pastors who will follow-up with them through Sunday school and literacy programs.

Please Pray:

  • For the children who attend the summer camp to return to their villages filled with the love and forgiveness of the Holy Spirit.
  • That the children become the keys that open the door to the Gospel message in their communities.
  • For God to fill the hearts of the camp leaders and volunteers as they prepare to minister to the children.

Leave your prayers below for the children who will attend summer camp in India. Your prayers will be read over them as a blessing during their time away.

The One Foundation

2015-04-14 baptism close

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:11 (NLT)

In the last month, The Basic Series has begun to spread in Nepal. The booklet series was designed to help strengthen new believers, and quickly became a tool for pastors, church leaders, and new believers to share their faith with others.

Our Director in Nepal says, “Leaders share from the booklets in Home Churches and new people are touched by the scriptures. Leaders feel more comfortable to share the Gospel with this series and people are very interested to go through the discipleship process with the literature provided by ServeNow.”

James, a Basic Series leader tells us, “The Basic series is the best tool for evangelism and follow-up for new comers to the faith. People are being added to the Kingdom of God and taking Baptism. These books are so useful for their strong foundation and spiritual maturity.”

Please Pray:

  • For more people to seek the love, forgiveness, and truth found through Jesus Christ
  • The Director of Nepal asks, “Please keep praying for the sewing students and people who have received the Basic Series literature.”
  • For those recently baptized to be encouraged in their new faith, and to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Please leave your prayers below for the new believers in Nepal and their pastor will relay your messages to them.

Prayer of Faith

2015-04-07 Durga

And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. James 5:15 (ESV)

On the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, thousands of people live in abject poverty. Living conditions are abysmal—the unhygienic environment and people’s imbalanced diets result in a variety of health issues. Medical camps are held in the various slums to assist residents and promote inter-faith trust. Last week, a local leader told the press,

There is no good government hospital nearby, and no direct bus service for people to visit a hospital. Under such circumstances, these medical camps are very helpful to the people.”

Durga is a women who sought medical assistance and prayer when a medical camp was held in her slum of Balapur. At first she was nervous to discuss her ailment, especially with strangers, but the concern of the ServeNow staff gave her courage.

“I had been suffering for several weeks and was scared to tell about my sickness at home because treatment would cost money and my family doesn’t have much. When I heard about this medical camp I was thinking that its God sent. I have received medicines for my illness – FREE OF COST! Please conduct a camp like this again.
And thank you for praying for me, I feel so much peace”

Please Pray:

  • In thanksgiving for the hundreds of people served by each of the medical teams. Pray for them to be lifted out of the suffering they endure in their slums.
  • For Durga and her family. That she knows true healing comes from the Lord, and that her encounter helped more than her physical ailments.
  • The Hyderabad Lighthouse Center’s medical camp team as they are on the front line to help and heal the sick and downtrodden.

Please leave your prayers for Durga, and the others seen at ServeNow medical camps, as a comment below. When the medical team next sees people from this camp, they will share of your love and concern for them.