The photo at the top of this post shows the elevation changes in Nepal after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25th, killing more than 8,000 people. Mt. Everest was an inch shorter after that quake.
Now, a second major earthquake hit this Himalayan nation Tuesday at a magnitude of 7.3.
Nepal Earthquake Relief
If you would like a recommendation of how to send help, I recommend the humanitarian arm of Cru, Global Aid Network (GAiN). GAiN works with churches as well as Cru staff in 191 countries to meet needs and to share the Gospel. Cru had 300 staff already in place in Nepal to help with relief efforts. I have a picture of one of the distributions from last week. You can give securely online here.
Pray for Nepal
This is a very difficult area to try to reach people and help them. Here’s some ideas for prayer:
- Pray for the injured. More than 10,000 people were injured in the first quake alone. Hospitals, doctors and nurses are overwhelmed. Pray for those who lost loved ones.
- Pray against any disease or sickness that could spread among the survivors. Many people are sleeping outside in tents and monsoon season will be coming before they will have a place to stay.
- Pray for openness to the Good News. Instead of going somewhere safer or more comfortable, many Campus Crusade for Christ Nepal (NCCC) staff have stayed, continuing to tell others about God and showing the JESUS Film when possible.
- Pray for rebuilding. Structures around Kathmandu have been reduced to rubble, and many buildings have become structurally unsafe. Whole villages have been wiped out.