Nepalese leaving gods after second quake

By May 13, 2015
Screen shot from  Robindra Basnet's vidoe on Facebook showing the May 13, 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Screen shot from
Robindra Basnet’s video on Facebook showing the May 13, 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Watch full video below.

Nepal (MNN) — Nepalese are afraid to go inside any building. For the second time in less than three weeks, Nepal was shaken by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, leaving many dead and hundreds more injured. The epicenter, this time, located near Mount Everest, took down buildings already shaken by the April 25 quake.

President of Asian Access Joe Handley says, “The reports fresh from the field [are] that there’s just a great deal of fear. People are in buildings that aren’t very solid, and so they’ve raced outside. Everyone is trying to get into the open air, or in a tent in Kathmandu.”

The earthquake is shaking the faith of many Hindus in this predominately-Hindu nation. Garnesh Pradhan told USA Today, “Not only Hundu[ism] I left, [but] all the gods I left.”

What does that mean for groups like Asian Access? “People are grappling with ‘How do the gods that I serve allow something so tragic to occur?’ Pastors are well-equipped to handle the spiritual side of things,” says Handley. “They’re also often the best when it comes to emotional care.”

(Listen to the whole interview here)

According to Handley, these uncertain times are laying the groundwork for churches to provide tangible aid. “We’re trying to mobilize aid to probably about 30 churches that are right in the middle of the worst-hit areas, to be a point of light in these neighborhoods.”

Pastors and motivated Christians are reaching out with emergency aid as well as with the message of the Gospel.

Thirty year ago there were hardly any Christians in Nepal. “The Christian population is small but has been growing for the past 30 years,” says Handley. “In fact, they say it’s the fastest-growing church on planet Earth during these three decades.”

As you support churches in Nepal, you’re helping the church have more credibility in a nation that used to oppress Christians.

Unfortunately, there’s a problem. Handley explains, “The giving globally isn’t keeping up with the massive needs on the ground. So, we’re just praying that Christians will respond.”

The United Nations reports they’ve only received $20 million in emergency aid support in their $110 million goal. Other groups are finding similar response.

If you’d like to support A2’s work in Nepal, click here.

4 Comments

  • Lallura says:

    But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. Jer.31:33-34

  • Grace Divine says:

    What about the God of Christchurch in New Zealand, who allowed that Christian city to collapse = damaging the cathedral, killing many and disrupting the lives of thousands?

  • Fred Stella says:

    The idea that missionaries would claim that the earthquakes are happening due to the religion practiced there is appaling. Does anyone think that if Nepal turned majority Christian overnight that they would be free from such calamities? Why is Tornado Alley in the USA in the heart of the Bible Belt? It is my prayer that the people of Nepal maintain their noble traditions & culture.

  • Edwin John says:

    The consideration is not that how one lives or how one dies, what matters is what about the eternity after death. Whether one is saved or not? Such calamities have always happened, and will happen again and again. Now, even more, while we are going through the last days. But keeping in view the far sightedness, it is the HIGH TIME to turn to the LIVING GOD, THE CREATOR, THE ALMIGHTY, through listening to the Gospel (The Good News), putting WHOLE HEARTED FAITH in the work of God performed on the cross, by the “Prajapathir” according to the Vidas (The Hindu Scriptures) being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and having LIFE EVERLASTING. All so called gods, who appeared later, are the demons, who want to keep men away from the SALVATION. There is no way that there can be MANY gods. For example, can there be 2 fathers of some on??? The doctrine of “many gods” is the strategy of Satan, to divide and destroy. Did GOD make so many religions? Are people not slaying each other because of diverse religions? I pray that the GOD ALMIGHTY be merciful to all flesh, and send hunger and thirst for HIMSELF & HIS WORD WHICH LIFE AND IS SPIRIT.

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