We know you have seen the devastation after the Nepal earthquake. Our hearts are broken for our sisters and brothers as they grieve loss of family and friends. Our first instinct is help. Our instinct is RIGHT, but in the most appropriate way, and at the right time.
Nepal does not need our physical help.
This is the time to send volunteers who are professionally trained for a specific aspect of disaster response. Post-disaster situations are physically and psychologically extreme. Only specially trained professionals hooked into response networks can be effective. Others put a logistical and financial strain on the resources of the affected people.
International Ministries is not a first responder organization. Our strengths lie in walking alongside our partners, supporting them in their long term ministries and the strategies they know will work best in their own communities. Although we know there are many of you who are eager to go and help in Nepal right now, the most help we can all give is to stay home. Why?
Our partners in Nepal are consumed with recovery and daily life right now. Imagine having a disaster in your own neighborhood, every family affected, all homes and belongings have been destroyed. Hundreds of well meaning, but uninvited folks come to help. Where will they stay? How will they be fed? How will you take care of them when your own resources are gone?
Nepal does not need our stuff.
When we send material goods, those goods compete with the resources that are needed most. They take people, time and energy away from unloading and distributing the things that people need the most. Keep in mind that there is no climate controlled storage in these situations for the donated goods—-so food spoils, clothes get moldy, etc. There is also limited space, space needed for emergency housing and for the relief teams to stage distribution of goods acquired that can meet the needs of the people.
Nepal does need our monetary donations.
Right now, the best thing we can do is to pray and giving monetary resources. Donating funds enables the flexibility for our partners to respond to needs as they change. They can purchase supplies that are sourced locally that are “fresh and familiar” to the affected people.
International Ministries has already sent $25,000 to Nepal through One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for initial relief work, but more is needed. Read here how funds are have been initially distributed through three Nepal Baptist partners, with more relief funds needed. OGHS has a long history of accountability and transparency in providing relief funds around the world. “The One Great Hour of Sharing offering is the most transformative way that American Baptists respond to the emergency phase of disasters here and around the world through our historic Baptist partners.” Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey.
Nepal does need our prayers.
- Nepali Baptists and all faith organizations as they minister to the earthquake victims.
- Energy and endurance for rescue workers as they search, and also strength of spirit as they deal with such devastating loss of life.
- Comfort for those grieving over the loss of loved ones.
- Hope for the future for those who face such devastation and tragedy.
- Wisdom for those who have the responsibility to plan development and rebuilding.
- That God be glorified in each breath of every believer in Nepal to be the face of Jesus to the Nepali nation.