Please, please keep Nepal in your prayers for the next days, weeks, and months. The current death toll from the the 7.8 magnitude earthquake is around 3000—and climbing. Many people are sleeping outside, and it has been unseasonably rainy.
I want to share a few pertinent prayer points and a few helpful links with you:
-Please keep the survivors and their families in your prayers. Pray for comfort and healing—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
-Please pray that the church in Nepal would be the light of the world that Jesus has called them to be— and to truly help those around them sacrificially, even “bad” people with whom they would rather not associate. In 2004 my family went to Sri Lanka to help with Tsunami relief. One day we met a man, newly a follower of Jesus, who was excited to talk to us. The tsunami had leveled his home, and he had nothing. He went to the leaders of his faith, the Buddhist monks, and they would do nothing but chant while not even looking at him. (That was big for him—“They wouldn’t even LOOK at me! Much less help me!!”) People he knew from the neighborhood were looking only to help themselves survive, and that was it. The one man who did anything to help him was the Christian man he had been trying for years to drive out of the town. And yet the Christian helped sacrificially, in ways that showed that he cared. Note, he didn’t say anything like, “If you listen to me, I will help you.” He didn’t say, “If you promise to change your ways, I will help you.” He said, “Here, neighbor—let’s dig together through the rubble of your house and see what we can salvage.” Later, the Christian shared his small dinner with the man. He was floored—“How could someone I had shown so much hatred for show me this much love and care? And I had to know just HOW this is possible! The answer was Jesus.” Please pray for followers of Jesus in Nepal to shine that same light and love to the hurting neighbors around them—even to those who would consider themselves their enemies.
-Pray for an end to the selfishness that follows such disasters—people breaking into empty/damaged homes & shops, stealing and looting. Pray for the integrity of disaster relief workers of all faiths, nationalities and organizations during this crisis.
-If you’d like a great CD soundtrack of Nepali Christian songs to help focus your prayer time, I would highly recommend this album by the band Aradhna:
–For general facts, statistics, and calls for prayer for the country in general, see Operation World’s page about Nepal.
-If you’d like to give to help the relief efforts in Nepal, I highly recommend both Gospel for Asia and Samaritan’s Purse. I saw them both in action personally when my family was in Sri Lanka helping in the 2004 Tsunami efforts. I can’t speak for anything since then or outside of Sri Lanka, of course, but for the time we were there, these two organizations were most “on the ball” and legit of any organization I saw.
Thank you for joining us in prayer!