Kathmandu, Nepal, 8:05 AM EDT — Life in our area of south Kathmandu has become somewhat normal. Electricity and water are back on. There are still a lot of people sleeping outside because their houses are not safe or they are just too afraid. There continue to be frequent predictions of another strong earthquake, along with a few aftershocks, and this serves to keep everyone in a state of fear.
The relief effort continues with the main focus being to get roofing tin out to the villages. Naturally, it is in short supply since many are trying to get it. We are in process of helping Jyamdi village get the tin. Tents and tarps from New Delhi should be here within days. If you would still like to donate to the relief effort, designate your gifts to “Nepal Earthquake Relief.”
Someone built this sample hut with roofing tin near our house and put straw on top to keep the sun off and dampen the sound of the rain. Others are making normal square-shaped houses. After their usual houses are rebuilt, the tin will be used for the roof. For now it will keep the families dry.
Here is one example of roofing tin being used to make a dry, safer shelter up in Jyamdi village.
Moiwa has been with us for about six years and served faithfully in our boy’s orphanage. He was a refugee from a nearby country and his number finally came up to be resettled in the U.S. We are happy for him and really grateful for his help to us and the ministry.
Our boys were beyond thrilled to get new soccer uniforms this past month. Yesterday they were able to wear them as we had a friendly match with another orphanage. Too fun.
Pastor Peter (right), one of our former Bible School students, has been quietly going about his business of church planting in the border area and frequently sends us pictures of the many baptisms that are occurring there.
PRAISE and PRAYER
Thank you again for your donations toward helping those who need shelter and to rebuild their homes and churches. Please pray for wisdom for us as we navigate the relief effort. Pray for Moiwa as he settles into his new life in the U.S. Pray for calm emotions and spirits as we started Mercy Mission Academy again on Sunday the 31st.
For the glory of God,
Joel and Sue Garrison
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