May 1, 2015
First Shipment delivered
Pastor KB sent us a fresh report yesterday on the relief effort. After a challenging journey, our first truck made it safely to Kathmandu and we were able to transfer the shipment to a warehouse. We sent a bus of thirty volunteers from our main church along with the truck, and they are camped in the city. They’ll be reporting back to KB and the leaders in our Nepalgunj base, advising on how we should best proceed.
One of the first things they have learned is that there has been very little relief work in the most devastated areas. Much of the relief effort is going into the Kathmandu valley, and certainly the need there is desperate, but the destruction is even greater in the more isolated rural mountain regions.
Our team was able to reach one such area yesterday and discovered that entire villages have been leveled. The people are frustrated and some even angry that relief effort has not been directed toward them. Everyone is doing all that they can, but the damage is so widespread and the most affected areas so remote that it is impossible to satisfy every distress call. We have decided to identify the most neglected areas, pick a village we can reach, and do what we can.
We were able to distribute in the village of Bhimatar in Sindhupalchok district. The people there are in desperate condition and in need of food, safe drinking water, tents and emotional support. What we’ve done is almost insignificant when compared to the need but it’s a beginning.
We are working through a few logistical challenges with the Nepali government. They are trying to coordinate the relief efforts so that there is some order to the aid distribution and, of course, there has been some confusion. But I’ve been very pleased with the report that we’ve been able to reach an area that no one has yet visited with aid. We are readying additional shipments and will be sending more trucks immediately.
The Lord has provided us with over $70,000 in commitments over the last five days. I am grateful to the churches and friends who trust us to use their contributions wisely and with expedience. We are wiring 100% of the funds we are receiving to Nepal. Since we are using volunteers from the church to manage the project and distribute the resources, we have very little overhead. The Lord has given us an efficient infrastructure through the church leadership base that has allowed us to act quickly and efficiently. Though I grieve over the loss of life, I am greatly encouraged at seeing the church in action.