This past weekend, the world quickly learned of the enormous earthquake, with its multiple aftershocks, that destroyed structures and set off landslides and avalanches in Nepal (and surrounding nations). What continues to emerge, as emergency aid workers, soldiers and volunteers work to assist those in need, is the magnitude of the impact. According to news reports, in excess of 4,600 people have died, 9000 are injured, and 1 million children are in need of immediate assistance.
All of us are deeply saddened by the devastation that has occurred in this region with its many economic challenges. Many Nepalese are homeless and without power, running water, or food; many more are reluctant to return to structures left standing, out of fear of imminent collapse.
Please pray for those who have been impacted by this tragedy – which include two of our employees – both of whom have family in Kathmandu. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered losses or who have suffered injury, and we wish as well to offer prayers in support of the various organizations responding to the destruction and working to help those in need. The needs are many, but thankfully there are many humanitarians that have deployed to provide direct assistance.
Prayer intentions for the Nepali community will also be included at the following services:
Wednesday, April 29
Student Chapel, College Hall
University Ministry’s “Mass on the Grass”
Sunday, May 3
Jundt Amphitheatre – West end of Lake Arthur
Thank you for your support of all those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster.
Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
April 28, 2015