MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BNC) by Mike Brooks — I continue to receive reports from Nepali Christians with each one recording higher total deaths and injuries. As of this morning, Apr 28, over 4,500 deaths have been confirmed with at least 7000 injuries. Property damage is immense and cannot even begin to be estimated at this point.

Preachers from churches of Christ report 4 known deaths among the saints and members’ homes destroyed or damaged in several different districts.

Communications into the mountainous areas nearest the epicenter continue to be difficult, and it is not yet known whether there are additional casualties there. There are about 20 congregations in the mountain districts of Dhading, Rasuwa, and Tanahu. The 4 reported deaths were in Gatlang in Rasuwa district.

There are approximately 100 congregations of the church in Nepal with a total membership of about 2,500. 75% of these are located in areas where earthquake damage occurred.

Please remember the people of Nepal, and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ, in your prayers.

Relief funds needed

For any who desire to send funds for relief to Nepal because of the earthquake, the elders of Highland Park congregation have agreed to coordinate efforts to receive and distribute funds.

I have spoken to Parsuram Sunchuri who preaches in Katmandu and asked him to begin compiling a list of needs of churches and Christians with estimates of what amounts are needed by each one.

These funds will be delivered and distributed as expeditiously as possible.

f you want to be a part of this effort you may send contributions marked “For Earthquake Relief” to Highland Park Church of Christ, PO Box 2216, Muscle Shoals, AL 35662.

A report on work done will be sent to all contributors.

Mike is a long-time worker and trainer of workers in Nepal and Bangladesh, sponsored by the Highland Park congregation.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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