Many of you have probably heard about the recent earthquakes hitting Nepal. I have been grateful for everyone’s concerns and prayers! I am actually quite safe, as I happen to be at a conference in Malaysia. Since I’ve been internetless the past few days, you probably know more about the incident than I do!
It’s strange to be far away as my dear friends are experiencing this pain and fear together. In some ways I wish I hadn’t been away; disasters are scary, but being away from loved ones during hard times is scary in a different way. Arriving to a disaster situation next week will be surreal.
Our apartment is fine, besides a few broken dishes. My housemate, along with most people in the city, is sleeping outside for fear of building collapse as aftershocks continue. Many of the city’s priceless historical buildings have been destroyed, and death counts continue to rise.
All of my expat colleagues are accounted for, but I don’t know how most of my Nepali friends are doing. Please pray for their safety and emotional strength in such a distressing time.
I’m ashamed to think that yesterday i was sitting on a beach, thinking that returning to Nepal might be hard. Yet now, just 24 hours later, I am aching to return to the place I am learning to call home.
Please pray for Nepal. Pray for wisdom in disaster relief. Pray for the many many grieving families. Pray for those who have lost home and family. Pray as the aftershocks continue, some almost as large as the first quake. Pray for my colleagues and me as we watch helplessly from afar.
As always, thank you for your love and concern!
Here’s a brief news article about Saturday’s quake, which was the largest in Nepal since 1934.