Abhisek Gungor, one of our Medialight graduate students is a victim of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. We were able to talk to him about the situation in Nepal and what his church is doing.
Abhisek was at a Saturday church service when the earthquake hit his village. The lives of many people were spared because they were at the service. However, when they went back to their village, many of the members of the church found their homes obliterated by the earthquake.
The massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal before noon local time Saturday and was most severely felt in Katmandu, the capital, and the densely populated Katmandu Valley. In the quake’s aftermath many people are leaving the Kathmandu Valley to find a place where their basic needs can be met, but not Abhisek and his church. They are doing their best to reach out to people of Gorkha Lapu, Puchar village, a place most devastated by the earthquake and still unreached by any rescue effort. Rescue teams from Nepal and the international community are operating in the capital, Kathmandu and the surrounding area. Isolated regions like Puchar have not yet received any support. “Puchar is not accessible by vehicles, so the government is not helping them and people have been starving for 6 days,” said Abhisek. Landslides and poor weather have hampered efforts to reach isolated districts.
Abhisek and his church have decided to walk 3 days to reach out to the people of Puchar, which has a population of 450 people in 83 household. The church is now trying to buy tents, food and medical stuff to the people.
In this devastating situation, the church hasn’t grown weary, instead Abhisek said, “this situation brought us closer to Jesus and built up our faith.”
It is to be recalled that Christians have been persecuted in Nepal because of their faith. But Abhisek and his church believe that this is the time to show the love of Christ to the people who once were persecuting them. He adds, “people have persecuted many Christians but we would like to win them over in Christ Jesus through love by extending a helping hand in this situation. We want to spread the gospel through our help.”
Abhisek, urges us to pray earnestly and financially help his church to reach out to the people of Puchar. The church is so far able to buy only few cartoons of noodles and 70 tent, and they need support to buy food and tent for the survivors in Puchar. “Your support can help many people in my country please stand with us in your prayers and financial support,” Abhisek added.
According to Nepal government 6,204 people are known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake and 13,932 were injured. But the fate of thousands more in many remote areas, like Puchar remain unknown and the government has warned that the death toll could rise to more than 10,000.