Mountain Sky Outlook: Call for Prayers for the People of Nepal
April 27, 2015
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Over the weekend, we learned of a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastating the country of Nepal, between the capital city of Kathmandu and nearby Pokhara. News reports state this is Nepal’s worst natural disaster in more than 80 years, with the death toll estimated to reach 4,000 people and 7,000 injured. The country is continuing to experience aftershocks as relief teams also struggle to find survivors and assess the damage. Please join me in praying for the people of Nepal, our missionaries, and relief agencies responding to this disaster.
At times like this we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. UMCOR – The United Methodist Committee on Relief – is the United Methodist organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe, including during natural disasters. Support our international disaster response by giving to Advance #982450 online at www.umcor.org. Today, UMCOR announced it approved a grant of $90,000 for international partner GlobalMedic to provide survivors with clean water through water-filtration units. UMCOR also said it is in conversation with United Mission to Nepal (UMN), a partner in community-based health and education projects in Nepal for more than 60 years.
Our United Methodist missionaries in Nepal are safe and posting updates on their whereabouts online. Katherine Parker is serving with the health team of the United Mission to Nepal. She was in Pokhara with other UMN missionaries when the earthquake hit. Mark Zimmerman is serving in Kathmandu with the Nick Simons Institute as a medical doctor. His wife, Deidre, is also serving in Kathmandu as an advisor to the Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Services through the Nutrition Project for Urban Communities. They were in church with their children when the earthquake hit, but the family is safe and their apartment was left standing and intact.
Let us keep Nepal in our minds and our hearts as it faces the overwhelming task of recovery.
Together in Christ we make a difference,
Bishop Elaine J. W. Stanovsky