Category: Disaster Relief

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David vs. Goliath

Blog, COVID-19, Disaster Relief, It Is Happening, Mission Trip, Outreach

Who can stand us when Jesus is in our favour? Who dares to stop us when Jesus holds our hands?

Harsh weather is not His obstruction. No storm nor thunder could ever stop His mighty plans. Nature is His creation, and they obey His commands. The recent mission trip to another deep location in central Nepal testified this witness. When recent floods and heavy rainfall obstructed Nepal, we stepped out to make a difference in the bereaved families and distributed food relief to 200 beneficiaries. It was the best opportunity for us to share Jesus’ love and spread the gospel through the human act. The kindness bestowed in times of hardship and loneliness significantly impacts anyone’s life.

The rainy season, distant locations, inaccessibility of transportation, and scary rivers were only a few death risks. People needed to walk miles to collect the food. As some mothers could not leave their children home, they had to bring them. Above that, they crossed a bridgeless river separating two different villages. Therefore, villagers were shaking as the water rose in the river. The tractor filled with food relief broke down while passing through the river. It scared us because we were more concerned about the food in it. The rising river could not only sweep tractors but all the food relief. The situation went worse when we had to bring a bulldozer finally to pull it off the river.

Ps. P says, “This has never happened before, pastor. The weather changed so drastically that it made our life more challenging. Especially mothers carrying their children on their backs and lifting heavy food relief at the same time while crossing the river took away my breath. It is not a witness of their strength, experience, or capability but a clear image of their pressure, hardship, poverty, and fear of famine. Most of their fields, livestock, and houses were swept away by heavy landslides, and they went homeless. If they get morning food, they fear collecting evening meals. Children stayed starving for many days last week. Recently one family lost their lives because of a landslide. Shifting places is not an option because this is our forefather’s land.

But all thanks to the generous hearts of beloved God’s people who cared about us and sent their love. Our gratitude to our caretakers for immediately enlightening us about God’s timely presence. May God bless each one of them.”

Dear partners, as the picture speaks the truth, the situation was intense in this area. People are struggling for their lives and thank you very much for putting your feet in my people’s shoes. Thank you for your kindness and unconditional generosity. Thank you for your partnership.

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Lighting a Fire back in the Kitchen

Blog, Disaster Relief, It Is Happening, Outreach

We give praises to our Heavenly Father for recently giving us the wonderful privilege of distributing 200 sacks of rice weighing 30 Kgs each to deprived and underprivileged native people affected by the series of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. These unreached native people were living in famine and starvation. Their children were suffering the most. They were hoping that some agency, organization, or social activist would provide food relief. But none came. Our own RHMI team was the first to provide hope to these desperate people in one of the most isolated, remote villages of the Himalayas. We are blessed to be able to help them.

We also take this opportunity to thank our partners for their continuous prayers and generous support. Thank you for making it happen.
Your prayers have led us to return safely with many great testimonies and the appreciation of the villagers who now can feed their children. Our food support to the village has marked a great impact within the community including the local government organization. This is the Gospel in action. Evangelizing through humanitarian tasks.
Dear partners, your support has helped these native people to once again light a fire in their kitchens.
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COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Blog, COVID-19, Disaster Relief, It Is Happening

We thank our mighty Father in Heaven and all our gracious partners who have extended their generous hearts to support our grieving families affected by devastating floods in the remote villages located in the Nepal-China border.

The incessant rainfall caused inundation which has affected hundreds of households; 220 people have lost their lives, another 82 are missing in this village. According to the August 21, 2020, official Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) situation report, 18,505 families (92,363 people) have been affected in various districts and 10,256 families (46,562 people) have been displaced all over Nepal.

Due to the unceasing heavy rainfall, a disastrous landslide had swept away some of our mission field leaders’ houses, livestock, and farms resulting in massive loss. Currently, they are sharing shelters and living in temporary shelters built with leaves and straws.

One of our mission field believers, states, “In the middle of the night as it was happening, first, I didn’t believe my eyes. I felt like I was sleeping, and someone was dragging me and my bed. Later, As I realized my house’s roof was gone, I looked up at the mountain back of my house and I saw that it was sliding down towards me. People were screaming and the sky was thundering and echoing through the hills. As the water began to rise above my legs, I realized everything was for real. Then, I screamed and immediately asked for God’s presence. Later, I called out my family members’ names and started searching for them. I felt like it was the second coming of Jesus.”

We are grateful to our Lord for all the partners who have provided urgent food relief of 30kg sacks of rice to 112 families in the remote villages of the Himalayas. We also deposited some allocated funds for future emergencies in the Village Development Committee’s treasury. Also, we handed over $50 to nine different families who have completely lost everything and are now struggling to survive.

As Nepal is still under strict lockdown and proper social distancing, our RHMI team provided food relief four times consecutively to a group of 25 people.

Due to the distribution of the food relief program, many non-believers have restored their faith in the goodness of the believers which has marked a great impact on Christians in the villages. In places, the local government authorities have personally thanked and appreciated our humanitarian support and concern to the villagers.

Travel to the devastated place near the border which is not connected by proper roads, required 17 hours of continuous walking and by motorbikes when possible. Due to incessant rainfall, the roads continued to remain highly damaged and extremely hard to access. Several times as our RHMI team was traveling to the place, they fell off their motorbikes due to terribly rough roads or trails, encountered landslides, hit by stones falling from above their heads, and pushed each other’s motorbikes as they struggled to get out of the mud. Due to extreme difficulty in driving they had to park the motorbikes at one of our believer’s houses and walk to the bordering place. Finally, after risking their lives during their travel they managed to reach the remote village. We are so grateful and appreciate their perseverance and dedication.

Since hilly regions are more likely to have major destruction by annual heavy rainfall, our beloved RHMI family members are serving the Lord in dangerous places. We are concerned about hundreds of those unsaved lives who have yet to hear the Gospel. We have much concern for those small children who must raise cattle and graze livestock in the steep mountains in such harsh conditions.

Presently, they are without any roof over their heads or proper shelter. The government has committed to providing but still has not managed to provide enough provisions to the people in that high place near the border. We do what we can to help our people.

RHMI is praying for help for building a proper shelter for 9 bereaved families.

A massive landslide in Sankhuwasabha had partially dammed the Arun River, leaving downstream settlements at risk of flooding including our mission field.

The dam caused by the landslide was 16 – 33 feet high and 131 feet wide. The river dangerously started eroding the dam about 1,950 feet above the riverbank. The landslide swept away many houses, livestock, and farmland.

Due to inaccessible roads in this area, many families cannot get immediate relief. Hunger pains affect the stomachs of little children as they cry for food.

Nine bereaved families are in urgent need of shelter. Currently, they are sharing their temporary shelters built with straw and bamboo leaves which itself is at high risk.

It is common for shelters in this area to be built with bamboo, local timbers, straw, and if possible, an aluminum metal roof that costs about $1700 including transportation costs.

Flood and Landslides
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Flood And Landslides

Blog, Disaster Relief, It Is Happening, Outreach

Within the period of the last 3 months, our ministry areas were highly affected by the devastating natural calamities as mentioned above. Nevertheless, God made us a source of helping hands for many victims.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the brothers and sisters in Christ who helped and supported us through continuous prayer.

We praise the Lord for our brothers throughout Nepal. In their struggles from their loss of livestock, lands, and houses we all give thanks to the Lord for we didn’t face any human losses. We were successful in providing some relief foods to the victims in those areas. We are giving thanks to the Lord in advance of the manifestation of the needs for our people.

God provides. Many areas still require a lot of basic needs like warm clothes and blankets since winter is about to get started. Zinc sheets for house roofs are greatly needed to replace the grass roofs. Kindly remember us in your prayers.

Insert from our July- Sept Newsletter: On-The-Ground Missions! July-Sept 2019 issue, Reach Himalaya Ministries International