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 China boarder.
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 earthquake.
Our 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 project.
By Dennis Hardin, president of Mercy, Inc., an OMS ministry partner