Nepal Relief

By now, you’ve heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal this past weekend, but this firsthand account by a Nepalese church planter might give you additional perspective:

Most of the people hit by this tragedy in Nepal are Hindu. They blame their gods whenever disaster hits, and they will do the same again. The Hindu gods are untouched by suffering. By contrast, Jesus draws near and sympathizes with those who weep, because he knows human suffering and human tears.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) are among the many faith-based agencies offering assistance to people in Nepal.

If you’d like to contribute to UMCOR or PDA relief efforts, here’s how:

  • Give to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450. Your gifts to UMCOR International Disaster Response make it possible for UMCOR to respond quickly to emergency situations through our local and international partners.
  • Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR999999 with reference to Nepal. Gifts can be made online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or checks can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700.

Update: more information is available from World Vision (another way you can support relief efforts).