Quake’s Toll Still Rocks Nepal
May 6, 2015
NEPAL — The desolation of the 25 April earthquake continues to dominate daily life for TWR Nepal staff and listeners.
“Many of our listeners have been affected,” said Simon, director of TWR Nepal. “Some of our listeners have been killed and wounded. Their houses have been completely destroyed and damaged. They are calling us to pray for them.”
The team is receiving many calls everyday from listeners, many are requesting relief supplies.
“This earthquake has left deep wounds, agonies and pains in their hearts and minds,” he said.
Simon is aware of four church buildings in Kathmandu and nearby that collapsed during worship services, and at least two dozen more that were damaged. Worshippers died under the rubble of some of the buildings, he added.
More than 7,000 deaths have been counted so far along with twice that many injuries. One source puts the number of houses and buildings damaged or destroyed in the hundreds of thousands. Whole villages have been flattened.
“Right now, our first priority is to do some relief aid work,” Simon said. “Meals, water, shelters, tents and medicines are acute needs in affected areas. The TWR team is… planning to visit these areas to study the situation and distribute aid in partnership with local nongovernmental organizations and government agencies.”
TWR’s existing gospel programs continue to air from local FM stations, although some broadcasts have been pre-empted by frequent reports about the crisis. Special trauma-counseling programming is already being beamed to Nepal from TWR’s shortwave transmitter station on Guam.
This first wave of emergency broadcasts is in English, but TWR India is developing programing in Nepali, as well as in Hindi and Bhojpuri. These broadcasts seek to address the long-term spiritual and emotional well-being of listeners in Nepal.
Simon thanked TWR supporters and staff members around the world who have prayed for his country and his ministry team and have sent messages of concern. Continued prayers and assistance are sorely needed, he added.
- Please continue to pray and extend your compassionate help for Nepal.
- Please pray for staff members’ safety as they travel.
- Pray for the physical and emotional needs of the Nepali people.
Click here for details about how to lend a crucial helping hand to TWR Nepal’s efforts and for more information about the relief plans. And more information is available here about the prompt technical measures taken by the Guam transmitter team to get the special programming on the air to Nepal.