KTM: Brief Update

Here is a brief update, encouraging but realistic, on the situation in Kathmandu  –  courtesy of my friends Steve & Marcy, working with the Nick Simons Institute:

We’re all doing a lot of contemplating now that the shakes are subsiding and life seems to be returning to a new normal. We’re all asking what’s next. I’ve scanned all the posts and looked at some of the news sites. We’ve heard so many rumours and rumours repeated. Yes, there is incredible devastation and loss in parts of Nepal. The amount of aid flowing in is staggering. Nepal is struggling to cope with the task of getting the aid to the right places.

What you might not be hearing is that, people are pulling together, our neighbours and local shops are incredibly generous and kind. We have not actually seen any price gouging, looting or rioting. Most of the rumours are fear based and are not helpful. We hear things like “diseases are going to start spreading, food and water are running out, the BIG earthquake is yet to come, etc., etc.” None of this is helpful or true.

Let’s focus on what is true.

Here in Kathmandu there is plenty of food. Trucks with drinking water are being sent throughout the city. Water supply pipes are being worked on, but we do have ground wells. Thankfully it has been raining and there is ground water. Normally this time of year the wells are starting to run dry and it’s very hot and dusty. Yes, the rain is hampering, but it is also providing some much needed water and keeping temperatures down.

We are being extra careful with water and basic supplies. Under normal circumstances we have to be careful. The main roads are open, supply chains will start operating again. Milk is being delivered, newspapers are being printed, groceries from warehouses are arriving, vegetables and fruit are in the markets.

Supplies are slowly getting out to the rural areas. Yes, it’s slow, but they are trying against aftershocks, rain and landslides to get them out there. I know it’s frustrating to be on the outside looking in and all you hear is horror and destruction. From where we’re sitting we need to focus on what we know to be true, what will give hope, what will encourage and spur each other on to love and help each other. Nepal is an incredibly strong country with incredibly strong people. They are resourceful and survivors.

While Steve was in Sindhupalchowk he was amazed and encouraged to see people just 48 hours post earthquake in the fields planting rice. They were pulling what they could from their homes to set up what temporary shelters they could set up. Please pray this is what people focus on. Yes, we need help, but Nepal is not a poor, incompetent country just sitting around waiting for the world to rescue them. They are strong and together they will rebuild. It is going to be hard. It’s going to take a long time, we are going to need a lot of help, but it will happen.

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2 thoughts on “KTM: Brief Update

  1. Thanks Becca. This is encouraging. Wonderful image of people planting rice! We played your voice message yesterday in our worship services. It still amazes me that we could literally hear your voice from Nepal and this just days after a devastating earthquake. You and your medical team must be incredibly exhausted and working on adrenalin in the midst of all this. Praying for you all when this fully hits your bodies and your souls. Thinking of your verses from Isaiah reminds me of Hebrews 12 that talks about God shaking both the earth and the heavens yet reminding us in vs 28 “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

    It was reported that the earthquake in Nepal was so great that it was actually measured here in Lancaster at F & M’s seismograph for a period of 3 hours! Amazing!

    Blessings and Christ’s safety on your in this time of crisis and opportunity to serve him and the people of Nepal. I know this has changed your life forever

    (Pastor) Bruce

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Dear Becca,

    Trust that things are well with you and that you are getting some rest. Becca, In our monthly support letter we have started to feature some of our alumni that are serving on the field asking them to express how Perspectives helped motivate them forward. We would like to feature you in our May letter and tell a little of how God has used you in the Nepal tragedy. Is that OK with you and also if you would have time, could you send a little burb about the PSP how it helped you. We apprieciate you being there in Nepal and continue to pray for you

    Blessings on you,

    Ray and Normalee.

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