April 12 2016
the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015, our partners in South Asia
have provided life-saving relief to the Nepali people. We are so grateful to
the generous support of many donors, including hundreds of OMS supporters.
and his team immediately reached out to the people deeply affected in a region
that other organizations didn’t. They provided food supplies for 7,000 hungry
people, they distributed relief kits among 1,400 families who survived the
disaster, but lost everything because of it. And they gave medicine and medical
supplies to many of those who were injured.
Over this past year, the people in the villages
that were helped have expressed their deep gratitude, recognizing that they would
not have survived this difficult situation without the assistance from our
generous donors. As a result, these villagers experienced true Christian love
through this support.
And more good news …
the communities served, 22 villages have accepted Christ as their Savior and
were recently baptized! Our partners there are now selecting leaders and
training them, using the Train & Multiply curriculum for multiplying
disciples and churches.
The positive relationships built have set a firm
foundation for our ongoing ministry in this area. God is at work in Nepal!
April 5 2016
We drove five hours to northeastern Nepal, high into
the mountains, to distribute chicks, goats, and food at locations that Pastor
Daniel had set up the week before. We looked forward to meeting him for the
first time and encouraging him and the people of the area. Pastor Daniel provides
leadership and support for the people of northeast Nepal, just miles from the
Unfortunately, just days before my wife Cindy and I
arrived in Nepal, Pastor Daniel was involved in a bus accident and was injured
and had to have surgery, along with his one-month-old child, who suffered a
broken leg. He and his baby are doing better, but Pastor Daniel’s injuries will
take a long time to heal.
Many times when you have a strong leader who is
taken out of ministry for a while, this brings discouragement to the community.
They are afraid they cannot go on without their leader. Even the other local
pastor began to shut down, believing that the community couldn’t continue without
the main pastor.
Our faithful partners from South Asia called all the
pastors of the area to come together to talk about how to move forward while
Pastor Daniel recovers from his injuries. They received a powerful message about
working together as a team and moving forward with the plans that Pastor Daniel
had already set in place.
We’re thankful that they did just that, and the
ministry is moving forward during Pastor Daniel absence.
Philip and our South Asia ministry partners have identified
13 Nepali villages
that were badly affected by the earthquake and monsoon rains to receive help
and support from OMS. These villages are a 5-6 hour drive from the capital city
Kathmandu. The villagers are mostly marginal farmers, growing crops on the
hillsides, but due to the heavy rains and landslides, they have lost their
crops. Philip and his team will help the 600 families most devastated by the
goal is by the end of fifth year (the 7.8 magnitude
earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015), 80 percent of the beneficiaries will be
self-supporting with the help of the chicks and goats we provide for their livelihood.
We also hope to see less sickness with the health education provided to prevent
diseases. And we want to see fewer landslides due to the tree plantation
Dennis Hardin, president of Mercy, Inc., an OMS ministry partner
Click here to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Project.
May 28 2015
Continued Prayer Needed
Just a little over a month since the devastating earthquake struck Nepal, homes and lives are still in ruins.
Because it is no longer in the news or shared through the media, we can be innocently fooled into thinking that the problem is better. It is not! The people of Nepal are still frightened, devastated, and without hope.
An estimated 2.8 million people are homeless. When we asked our ministry partners where these people were staying, they said ... "Under the stars."
With that in mind, our team has made two conscientious decisions:
1. We will serve the most remote areas where other ministries are not. This region, close to the China border, is very mountainous and hard to reach. Almost 100 percent of the people in this region lost their homes.
2. We have set plans in motion to begin providing housing to the people in this region. In less than three weeks, the monsoon season will be upon them. We need to quickly purchase materials to begin constructing quonset housing (see photos).
The tin material, being shipped from India and purchased in Nepal is reasonably priced, but it is quite expensive to transport the items to these remote, mountainous regions. Total cost per house, which should last between 10-15 years, is about $500. The structure is made of tin roofing, metals poles, and plastic on each end.
If the situation in Nepal is tugging at your heart ... or God is tugging it, please respond by giving generously today. You can give safely and easily online. Or you can send your gift to:
One Mission Society
P.O. Box 1648
Monument, CO 80132-1648
Acct. #408117 - Nepal Earthquake Response
May 8 2015
Our team on the ground in Nepal continues to call us every few days, or as they are able, to give updates of the situation there two weeks post-earthquake.
Here's a recap of what has happened and a few updates ...
One team member shared with us that his group had departed for Nepal so quickly that he had only taken two pair of pants and two shirts ... and no food with him. They arrived in
Nepal less than 60 hours after the earthquake. Because there was no hotel
space available at that time, they spent the first few days in a tent.
Three days after the earthquake, a large amount of food was
purchased (several ton) and a feeding program was started. They have been feeding about
3,000 people a day. They are also distributing food for others to cook.
the churches, in a very rural area about 5 hours from Kathmandu, was
destroyed and seven members were killed as they were having church service. More than 2,500 people were killed in that area. The team is sending three ton of food a day to that town to be distributed.
We were told that one of the reasons so many buildings collapsed is because they were
built from brick and mud, no cement was used between the bricks. A huge challenge for the country is the fact that they have not experienced a disaster of this magnitude in more than 80 years, so they are not experienced in how to respond. That's why we are so blessed to have Philip and his team on the ground there. Several of that team have a lot of experience in responding to
disasters. The team has now divided into three groups
so they can work in more areas.
To date, 8 of the 18 pastors, who are ECC
workers, have been located. One team member visited a hospital where
one pastor’s wife had
both of her legs amputated, and, they have not yet found the pastor/husband.
More than 35,000 meals had been provided as of earlier this week.
Shelter is a pressing need. The overall needs now and in the future are
enormous, but it also may well be one of the greatest opportunities our team has
had to not only help people physically but also spiritually. Because of so much
trauma, there is a need to train and send in people to do counseling, which
will provide an opportunity to provide hope that only Christ can give.
The spiritual needs of the Nepali people are certainly a priority as the team is praying with the victims. Please continue to pray for the people of Nepal. And pray, too, for our team on the ground--that the Lord would sustain their energy and strength.
If you'd like to donate to Nepal, please give here.
April 28 2015
One Mission Society ministry partners are already on the ground in Kathmandu, helping Nepali earthquake victims.
With more than 4,600 people dead (and that number continuing to rise), 9,000+ injured, and 8 million affected by the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, your help is desperately needed today.
Nepal earthquake victims need your help. Give now.
Supplies are scarce. Our workers report that food, water, blankets, medical supplies, and shelter materials are most crucial at this time.
Currently, $160,000 has been raised by OMS and our partner ministry Mercy, Inc., but much more is needed ... and needed quickly. In emergency situations like this, hours and even minutes matter.
Engaging a volunteer network of more than 20 churches in Nepal, our team on the ground has already distributed medical supplies, and we hope to begin distributing food and other emergency aid tomorrow.
With a tragedy of this magnitude, we need your immediate help. Your donation will be sent directly to our trusted workers in Kathmandu to be used for immediate needs, including sharing the hope of Jesus.
OMS will post weekly updates here on how your dollars are helping the people of Nepal.
Join us in praying for the families impacted by the tragic loss of life and homes in the Kathmandu area, and please give generously to help as they recover.