For updates on the earthquake in Nepal, visit http://moravianmission.org/mdr-nepal-earthquake-response/
From The Rev. Judy Ganz, executive director, Board of World Mission • Moravian Church North America
April 30, 2015 • Nepal Update
On behalf of the Board of World Mission I wish to thank all of you for your concern and faithful support and prayer for our brothers and sisters in Nepal following the earthquake near Kathmandu on April 25thwhere now the number is at more than 5,500 killed. Br. Bob Hopcroft of the British Mission Board (BMB), which oversees the work in Nepal, has been in contact daily with the Moravian leaders there. On April 29th the Moravian group left their camps in the countryside to make their way back to Kathmandu.
Br. Hopcroft reports: “The homes of Vani and Shanti and of Nagendra and Kemelesoorie are habitable but all of their crockery and other items are smashed. They have food and fresh water and are very, very grateful that the BMB and HMH [German Mission agency] have sent funds which will be available to them when they return home. The people from Khokana, which is a small village [where a group of the Moravian Church is located], are not being allowed home yet as the devastation in Khokana was more severe, the houses are older and not as strong as the homes in Kathmandu. …They have been able to buy food for the people from Khokana, before leaving for Kathmandu. …at least six families from Khokana have lost their homes. …It is important now that we remember everyone in our prayers as they begin to rebuild their lives, grateful that all are safe unlike the many thousands in the more rural parts of Nepal who have died.”
Antioch servants, Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg, have been serving with the Moravians in Nepal since October 2014. They are well and have felt led by God to remain in Nepal to assist the church there. We are grateful for their service and witness and pray for their continued health and safety. This morning they report that they slept the night with other Moravians back on the field in Bhaisapati due to tremors, but expect to return to their apartment in Khatmandu today to begin to evaluate damage. As we get more specific information about needs we will keep you informed.
In addition to some initial funds sent by BWM, the British and European Mission agencies through the BMB have sent over $15,000. The Moravian Church Foundation of the Unity has also committed to $10,000 for relief and development efforts. BWM will coordinate our relief efforts through the British Mission Board. We suggest three options for donations that will go directly to the Moravian work in Nepal:
- The Board of World Mission, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016 and indicate “Moravian Disaster Response” in the memo line (or you can donate on-line at: www.moravianmission.org/give).
- BWM partners with the Nepali Moravian Outreach which supports the ministries of the Nepali Moravian Church, including the school. Donations may be made through your local congregation, accumulated, and then sent in one check made out to College Hill Moravian Church, 72 W. Laurel St., Bethlehem, PA 18018 with “NMO” on the memo line.
- Canadian churches may send donations to the Moravian Church in Canada, 600 Acadia Dr. SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0B8; note Nepal Earthquake Relief in the memo line.
Above all please keep the prayers coming. In this Easter time as we celebrate the victory of Christ over death and destruction we claim that victory for our brothers and sisters in Nepal. The text for today is especially fitting: “Happy are those who make the Lord their trust.” Ps 40:4
Your sister in Christ,