Making beauty out of ashes in Nepal

By June 8, 2015
(Photo courtesy Asian Access)

(Photo courtesy Asian Access)

Nepal (MNN) — Healing is slowly coming to the grief-stricken and quake-shaken country of Nepal.

The April 25 and May 12 earthquakes, as well as hundreds of aftershocks, caused over 8,000 deaths and billions of dollars in damages.

Many organizations such as Asian Access immediately jumped in to take action in rebuilding the country. They’ve asked for donations and volunteers, and have been given a great deal of support.

But according to Asian Access, not quite enough has been received.

“Even the U.N. isn’t receiving enough money as they determined to impact the nation.” President of Asian Access, Joe Handley, said in a blog post.

“This is going to be a long, tough road for the Nepali people, and most of the world have already forgotten them!”

Even the donations that are given seem to be having some type of conflict.

Daily Mail reported a number of donations from Britain–including shoes, sleeping bags, and cooking utensils–are stuck in Catterick Garrison (the British Army’s largest training facility) because of a strict 30% tax enforcement Nepal has put on donations.

Yet, despite the limited resources, signs of healing and hope have started to show in the Nepali people. They’ve seen the extraordinary efforts made to help them, provide for them, the prayers, and how much Jesus cares for them.

(Photo courtesy Asian Access)

(Photo courtesy Asian Access)

“As we went village to village, my friends and colleagues would sit down with me and those who’ve been impacted, listen to their stories of deep suffering, pain, and loss,” Handley said.

“One by one, we prayed for them, and you could see that the Great Healer…was present. He was bringing calm to their fears.”

Handley said people’s faces lit up as Asian Access told them about providing tin roofs as shelter from the upcoming monsoons and partnering with local schools. God is making beauty out of the ashes as Asian Access continuously prays with people and shares the Gospel, giving hope that doesn’t depend on temporal circumstances.

Now, Asian Access is asking for your help. They need prayer, donations, and soon they’ll need volunteers to give comfort to this hurting nation and these desperate people. They want to continue their efforts of disaster relief and spiritual relief, and they want to do it alongside you.

Sound like something you can do? Click here for more information on giving. And, keep an eye on this page for updates.

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