Responding with prayer, aid after Nepal earthquake. By Linda Bloom, April 27, 2015 | New York (UMNS)
United Methodists joined Christians around the world in a prayerful response to the earthquake that has claimed thousands of lives in Nepal and neighboring China and India.
BBC News reported the death toll at 4,000 people, with at least 7,000 injuries by Monday evening as the Nepalese army and police undertook massive search and rescue operations. Many were living in "vast tent cities" in the capital of Kathmandu as aftershocks from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake continued.
Five missionaries working in Nepal for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries were reported safe.
In a joint statement, the World Council of Churches and the Christian Conference of Asia called churches around the world to pray for those affected by the earthquake and "extend every possible support for humanitarian aid assistance in Nepal and other affected areas in the neighboring countries." The World Methodist Council also offered its prayers for the people of Nepal.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is planning to offer assistance through international and local partners, including the United Mission to Nepal, a longtime church partner. UMCOR approved a $90,000 grant April 27 to GlobalMedic, which will help earthquake survivors access clean water by providing household and public water-filtration units.
Read more here: United Methodists Support Nepal with UMCOR
To support our brothers and sisters in Nepal, go to our GIVE page or click: Support Nepal