Maili Tamang clapped and sang along as the remnants of her husband’s Kathmandu church gathered for prayer one week after the massive earthquake in Nepal collapsed the “roof of the world.”
Tamang lost her husband, her sister and three other family members when their ‘Vision of Salvation’ church, which rented rooms in a four-story building in the Swayambu area of Nepal’s capital, collapsed. Seventeen members of the church died, including the senior pastor and his son.
Tamang was worshipping at a nearby Pentecostal church when the quake struck. “We cannot decide our future or what happens to us. Even after the world, we will be with God.” she told Christianity Today.
“I was standing in a row near to the wall and praying when the trembling started. The pastor continued the prayer and suddenly everything collapsed, I was half conscious and could heard people screaming. After one hour I was pulled out. While lying there, I knew God would save me.”
The earthquake, which killed more than 8,000 people, damaged dozens of churches in and around Kathmandu. Kala Bahadur Rokaya, the general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Nepal, said: “The evangelical churches have suffered terrible tragedies. It will take time to count the deaths among Christians across Nepal. Many areas are still cut off.”
- As Nepal enters the third week since the earthquake, many remote areas have still to receive any aid or assistance. Pray for the ongoing efforts to reach people in desperate need,. Pray that Christians in these areas will reach out to their neighbours, and that, through this tragedy, God will draw many people to know His comfort and Love.
- Pray for Christians who have lost family members and also their places of worship and fellow believers.
- Pray for Nepal, as it continues to struggle with the aftermath of the earthquake. Pray that money promised for recovery will come in, and that the many Christian aid organisations involved can work together to bring fresh life and hope to this nation.
Habakkuk 3 vs 17-18: “Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food: though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.“