Sarvajit graduated from a seminary in North India in 2010 and returned to Nepal in order to work alongside his father. He has a great desire to evangelize the Nepalese and to help believers grow in their understanding of the Scriptures. Pray for him as he serves the church in Nepal.
Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, an earthquake hit Nepal in Barpak Village in the Gorkha District. We were at the end of our worship service when suddenly the quake hit and the houses began to shake. The first major quake registered a 7.9 magnitude, but smaller earthquakes followed afterwards. This violent earthquake damaged Lamjung, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Sunsari, Sinduplanchok, Bhaktpur, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Kabreplanchock, and many more districts.
The earthquake has devastated Nepal and brought much pain and suffering to the Nepalese people. On April 27, the Central Committee of the Reformed Churches of Nepal held an emergency meeting and came to the conclusion that we must help the needy. We, the elders, prayed together and asked God’s grace and mercy for the victims, and we decided to visit the Lamjung District. Although we wanted to help anyone and to witness to all, our main purpose was to help those of the household of faith.
On April 28, Brother Ghan S. and I departed at 10:30 A.M. on our motor bikes, but were delayed by heavy rains in Butwal until 2:30 P.M. The drive was long, but we finally reached our destination in Besishar, Lamjung, at 10:00 P.M. From Naryanghat to Muglim the roads were jammed, and we were tired and exhausted by the end of the long journey.
At 8:30 A.M. the next day, Brother Pradeep, Brother Dil, and I continued on our journey to Kolki in east Lamjung. It was a horrible journey on our motor bikes. We struggled all the way and did not reach Kolki until 3:00 P.M.
After our arrival, we discovered that twelve houses had totally collapsed, sixty-nine houses were notably damaged, two people were injured, and one person was dead. We had heard that there were a few believers in that area, but we were unable to find any Christians living there. We had an opportunity to share the Gospel with some of the people. We prayed that God might change their hearts and that they might come to Christ.
We were unable to travel back to Besishar on that day so we stayed the night. At midnight, heavy rain fell, and we could not sleep, because the roof was leaking. The next day, on April 30, we learned that eleven Christian houses and one church meeting place had collapsed in Illam Pokhari. We tried to visit Illam Pokhari from Kolki, but were unable, as the roads were impassible due to the heavy rains.
We started our journey to Besishar at 10:00 A.M. on the next day and reached our destination at 3:00 P.M. It was an unbelievable adventure, and we experienced many unforgettable moments. We thank God for His grace and mercy in our journey. We discovered twenty-four houses belonging to Christians in Kolki and Illam Pokahari that needed assistance in replacing the roofs with tin.
Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support for the victims. We still hope to provide extra rice, salt, oil, and other supplies to the Christian people who are in great need in other villages.
Brother Ghan is going back to Butwal to do more work. The Reformed Churches of Nepal and HeartCry, along with other Christians, are also going to contribute to this work. I am staying here to determine how we can help and how best to use the money in a proper way for the needy ones. I am going to visit a place with Brother Pradeep where it is reported that Christians are experiencing great difficulties. I want to discover how we can help these people. From Monday through Thursday, we are planning to distribute the supplies we have received.
The roads are not good. They are severely damaged, and the villages are difficult to reach, especially with the needed materials. Please pray that God will open the roads so that we can help these people as we have planned. Let our God be glorified in all this work, and let His Kingdom advance through the word of the Gospel and our deeds. We appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and the support you have given.
Update: Sarvajit and Ghan returned during May and June and distributed rice, supplies, and blankets to numerous families. In addition, sheets of tin were donated for shelters and roofs for the houses that were either damaged or destroyed. Sarvajit and Ghan also visited schools and distributed clothes and school supplies to hundreds of impoverished children.
In addition to providing food and shelter, Sarvajit and Ghan also had several opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were privileged to pray with the destitute and frightened people, that God would continue to supply them with provision and comfort.
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