Visit to a Village Church

Kathmandu, Nepal, 4:13 AM EDT — This past week we made it up to Pastor Lila’s village and church which collapsed in the earthquake. Incredibly, many of the houses at the base of the mountain were okay. About halfway up we started to see more collapsed houses. Then when we got up higher on the mountain, most of the houses and the church were just rubble.

Pastor Lila's House

Pastor Lila’s House

destroyed home

This house is just above the church.

Bible school student

One of our former Bible School students has taken the tin from his roof and made a new shelter. Most of the village has done the same.

Pastor Lila

Pastor Lila, Joel, John (volunteer from Wisconsin), and Pastor Samuel survey the collapsed church.

Pastor Lila's church

The church collapsed in seconds but everyone got out in time. They plan to rebuild further up the mountain side.

Pastor Samuel

Pastor Samuel speaks to the church before we give them relief supplies. There are 50 homes in the area and about half are Christian. They share the supplies with the whole village.

The villagers said their biggest need is housing. Others are giving toward this need. However, there are still other village churches that we have yet to visit that will have needs. We will let you know when we learn more about them. For now, please do not give toward our “Nepal Earthquake Relief” fund. Let us find out what specific needs there are first.

We are doing okay. Life is slowly getting back to normal. Water still hasn’t been turned on yet but water trucks are available.

PRAISE and PRAYER

Pray for the families in this village who lost family members. 34 were killed and over 40 were injured. Pray for wisdom for us as we make decisions regarding the distribution of relief.

For the glory of God,

Joel and Sue Garrison

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