1. Completion of Initial Relief Phase: The first stage of supplying urgent relief necessary for survival can be considered completed. We did all we could to help thousands of people in three central provinces with food, medicines, shelter and other items. Although further donations are gladly received and will reach Nepal, we need to take a breather, consider carefully possible further action and consult with the leaders in Nepal - also not forgetting our AFA's core 'business' - spreading the word of God by supporting our partners and their projects in 11 other countries. We are not particularly asking for further funds at this time but we will let you know about further action in the near future.
2. Needs for future consideration: The trauma for the Nepalese is continuing and could last for years. What about the children and their education? What about the homes that just hold together but now are unsafe? What about destroyed incomes? What about the poverty that has resulted? What about the traumatized and depressed who are still grieving? What about the repair of wells that supply clean water?
3. What about the Christians and their churches? Did you know that the Christians of Nepal were hit at least twice as hard, on average, as everyone else in the country? Why? Because the earthquake hit while many Christians were worshiping. Result: 650 died. More than 1,000 church buildings were fully destroyed and this in a country where only an estimated 2% of the population is Christian. In Nepal the church barely existed until recently but now it's growing fast in this Hindu land.
4. Our Relief teams are lead by part-time pastor, disaster relief specialist and community worker Mukunda Sharma who has a good relationship with the government and coordinates the work carefully. We organizes teams of up to 50 or more volunteers who receive no pay and do their work for Christ and the world. The whole leadership of the NEPAL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH is on the AFA relief committee.
6. Response to AFA Nepal Action: $85,000 have been donated and sent to Nepal. This was beyond our wildest dreams and the action basically cost us nothing - except that our workers here at home were nearly at the end of their tether having to cope with that huge influx of donations and the resulting paper and computer work. What can I say? Simply amazing! So many people whose names we never heard of before donated - and there was not one huge donation that may explain such a large total. Any funds now coming in now will be used in accordance with a longer term strategic plan.
Thank you. To God be the glory, great things he has done! God willing, I will be in Nepal next week for three days before joining the Mission Trip to Bhutan and Mongolia. However I can be contacted by email.