Global Compassion Fund aids Nepal BIC Church in earthquake aftermath
Mechanicsburg, Pa. (April 30, 2015)—The Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. would like to convey our appreciation for the many expressions of concern and prayer support for our brothers and sisters in Nepal as they recover from the recent earthquake. We would also like to express our gratitude for past donations to the Global Compassion fund, which have allowed us to initiate a wire transfer in the amount of $10,000 to help fund the relief efforts that the Nepal BIC church has initiated. As we continue to partner with church leaders in Nepal in determining how best to help the recovery effort, additional disbursements to the Nepal church may be made.
If you would like to help replenish the Global Compassion Fund, or help the fund prepare for future compassion needs, please donate online or send a check to the General Conference of the BIC with “Global Compassion Fund” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to BIC U.S. at 431 Grantham Rd., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Following is an excerpt from a recent communication with the church in Nepal.
Dear all in Christ,
Greetings From Nepal!
Thank God that earthquake tremors have calmed down and our telephone and internet systems have begun to work. Yet, it is sad to report that tragedy in Nepal has continued to increase in the number of deaths reported. Up to now, over 4,400 deceased have been identified, but the Prime Minister Shushil Koirala, says, “The death toll could go up to 10,000 because information from remote villages hit by the earthquake is yet to come in.” More than 8,000 are hospitalized in various hospitals whereas hundreds are getting medical treatment on the road and in open places by various rescue teams from different countries. More than 2,000 people have been rescued alive who were trapped under collapsed buildings. Because of rain in Kathmandu area, the rescue teams are also finding it very difficult to rescue people. According to some reports, ten million people of Nepal have been affected across the country by this terrible earthquake.
Bimal Lama, our BIC pastor in Kathmandu under Tibbet Mission, comes from the same district where his mother and other relatives live. Saturday afternoon, he was informed that most houses in his village are destroyed, many died, and his mother was also injured, but after that he had not received any news about her until today since there is no telephone connection in the area. So, he has been very worried. Our BIC Church believers in Kathmandu are safe, except some were injured.
All believers, including SPICE children, are safe while one church and some 100 houses are damaged in eastern Nepal. Also, parts of SPICE hostel boundary walls are collapsed and cracked. We are grateful to God and thankful to all of you for your prayer and concern. We believe the Lord has special purpose to keep us safe. Therefore, we the BIC Executive Board met together for thanking God, praying for grieving families, and seeking God's will, asking “as God's people, what can we do to share His love?” Though the needs are much higher, if we can do small things, to some people it would be a great help to them. Therefore, prayerfully, we have planned the following:
- Send a team of 15 to 20 volunteers to Shindhupalchok district.
- Provide 1,000 temporary tents.
- Assist 4,000 victims with food and medicine for at least one month.
- Reconstruct SPICE boundary wall in Biratnagar.
- Reconstruct a church building that is damaged in Dakuwadanga, Morang.
- Provide some assistance to repair and maintain 100 damaged houses of our believers in eastern Nepal.
Chairman, Brethren in Community Welfare Society