A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centred less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force on April 25, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving over 7600 people dead, authorities said.
Afterwards, whole streets and squares in the nation's capital and largest city were covered in rubble. The injured wound up being treated outside hospitals in chaotic scenes. Residents, terrorized by a seemingly endless series of aftershocks, huddled outdoors for safety.
The death toll was reported by Nepal's Ministry of Home Affairs. But given that the rescue effort is still in its early stages and that people in outlying areas may well have been affected, as well, it seems probable the number will rise.
The Youth for Christ ministry in Nepal will do what they can to respond to the crisis. Your gift will ensure that the staff and volunteers will meet direct needs of local people. Youth for Christ staff are indigenous to Nepal, they live there and they serve there. They will know the needs and they can respond locally.
Give today to make a real difference in the lives of the people in Nepal.
Pray for the young people of Nepal as they face this devastation
Update from the National Director May 15th
Thank you very much for your great support and prayer, we are really in the miserable conditions. Every time we get threat from the earthquake [just] this morning we had 5.5 magnitude of earthquake.
Especially the children are having very difficult time, many children 5-17 years old children are effected badly -they want to leave Kathmandu. Even my grand daughter want to go some where in the safe place. She is just 4 years old. Children don't let their parents go away from them and don't want to even go and play. Lots of children have fevers, because of the latest earthquake which was 7.3 magnitude. Parents are also worried about their children's education.
My oldest daughter is now pregnant 4 months and we are very much worried about it, I don't know where we should send her in order to save her child which have not taken in good shape. Please pray for her, her name is Nikish.
Update from the National Director April 29th
One of my friends who is engineer came and checked our home and he said that the house is not safe to live in because it was badly effected by earthquake.
I suspect that all the houses in Kathmandu are not safe to stay in because I think the frequent quakes must have damaged them and we had had hundreds of after shocks since the major quake.
Please continue pray for my family, because we don't know whether we should abandon our home and seek another house to live in.
Please pray for us.
Update from the National Director April 28th
We are living in fear and anxiety as well we are living in terrible and miserable conditions.
We feel that we are living in between the dead and destruction.
Thousands of people of Nepal have lost the lives among them many of Christian brother and sister lost their lives. Many Church building has been destroy by earthquake.
We live in open space where we have opened tent, because of open tent we are feeling cold , because Kathmandu still cold as well it is raining here in Kathmandu.
The price of grocery has been raised like anything. No enough food, no good communication, no electricity, no water for to drink. No help from government.
Most of Our YFC Staff are living in open space.
Our program has been postponed we are not allowed to go inside the house, due to continue of quake.
Please pray for us and share our prayer requests our YFC friends.
Your brother in Christ
Update from the Asia Pacific Director April 26th
Our hearts go out to all the families and individuals affected by Saturday's 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. YFC's national office for Nepal is based in Kathmandu and close to 60 indigenous staff and volunteers are involved in ministry in five different centres throughout the country. We have heard from a number of staff on the ground, including the family of our national director, that they are okay. We remain concerned for those we do not have word on yet.
In this time of crisis, here are some tangible ways that you can pray:
- Pray for God to comfort those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy, as well as those who are worried and are still waiting to hear news about family members.
- Pray for strength and insight for the emergency response teams who continue to search through rubble for survivors.
- Pray for the ease of aid and supplies to flow to those in need. The main airport in Nepal is damaged and in need of repair so that aid can be brought into the country quickly.
- Pray for the YFC staff, volunteers, and all relief workers (doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers, pastors) on the ground to be strengthened and equipped for the task of ministering to the suffering, distressed, and hopeless.
- Pray for peaceful sleep and rest, especially for those who find themselves sleeping outside without the cover of roof and home.