The recent earthquake in Nepal is massively tragic! More than 5,000 people have died and there are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands and possibly millions who have been affected by this tragedy. With our work with Saving Moses, I’m super concerned about the babies and toddlers who can easily be overlooked when these kinds of tragedies happen. So here’s some helpful insight about these babies. Please feel free to help us send relief and aid to these babies, who desperately need our help, attention and tangible love. Let’s love lavishly with divine extravagance!
I’ve just read about the massive 7.9 earthquake in Nepal. The destruction & lives lost won’t be fully assessed for several weeks, but so far, more than 970 people have died. Now, it’s a race against the clock to unbury & rescue probably thousands more before time runs out for them. There are huge efforts being made to rush aid, support and life to this country, even though there’s concern that the airport in Kathmandu may also be damaged from the quake.
When I watch Jesus in the Gospels, I’ve never seen Him run away from nor ignore pain, suffering and hardship. Rather, when I look at Jesus in the Gospels, He brought life, freedom, redemption, healing, restoration and much more wherever He went. Rather than running from & ignoring pain, suffering, loss and hardship, at minimum, let’s run with concern and prayer to this desperately needy plight in Nepal. I don’t think Jesus suffered from charity fatigue #selah
I just watched some of the footage of these horrific events & it seems almost surreal – surreal because I’m sitting in my house, comfy & drinking decaf, very far removed from this tragedy. But when I begin to think of the people who lived in the houses that were overrun by water, the people who drove the cars that are bobbing in the water like toys, the people who farmed the land & greenhouses that were swallowed by the mucky deluge . . . . I’m undone. Even more, I’m very disturbed by the loss of life today in this highly industrialized country, along with the mounting numbers of dead & injured & other potential disasters that could result from this earthquake.
What do I say to all of this as a person who deeply loves Jesus? The ultimate tragedy of these catastrophes are the number of people who have & will die, who are injured beyond medical help, the infants lost and families who are devastated. When we hear the numbers for the dead & injured, let’s be careful not to get numbed by the statistics but stay deeply touched by the realization that each number is a person of immeasurable worth, deeply loved and treasured by Jesus. Let us be certain & consistent in praying for the families who are left and let us be watchful for opportunities small & large to express the tangible love of Jesus to our kinship of humanity in Japan, but also in our immediate world as well. May the love of Jesus compel us – 2 Cor 5:14