A Hindu man breaks down during a funeral of Saturday’s earthquake victims on the Pashupatinath bank of Bagmati river, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 26, 2015. The earthquake centered outside Kathmandu, the capital, was the worst to hit the South Asian nation in over 80 years. It destroyed swaths of the oldest neighborhoods of Kathmandu, and was strong enough to be felt all across parts of India, Bangladesh, China's region of Tibet and Pakistan.

Rapid Response to Nepal Earthquake

An insight into how radio and healthcare are working together in Nepal, from Reach Beyond‘s Bruce Gulland.

Earlier this week I wrote a blog post about radio training, mentioning the Nepal earthquake. In that I talked about how radio can be a valuable aid when disasters strike.

This week, the media and healthcare mission Reach Beyond sent an initial assessment team to Nepal to evaluate immediate and longer term needs. Reach Beyond works with several ministries close to the epicentre, including a healthcare clinic, birthing centre and eight Christian radio stations – beacons of light for their communities. At the time of writing the fate of the stations is unknown. Such stations have been able to operate only since 2008, when the absolute power of the Hindu monarchy yielded to pro-democracy protests, and new freedoms for Christian ministry opened up.

The team will be meeting with Nepali partners to discuss how best to assist, and lay the groundwork for a medical team visit. Exciting doors of opportunity have opened in recent years, through local radio and development projects as well as spiritually. In February the first meeting of a group of worshipping indigenous believers was held in one of the local towns. Just five years ago no one had dared mention Jesus publicly. Please do remember them at this difficult time.

The earthquake aftermath is evolving rapidly. Many different aid agencies are helping of course, but if you would like to keep updated about the involvement of Reach Beyond, then do visit our website, Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Please join us too in praying – for God’s grace and peace for all those suffering and recovering, and for all those seeking to help. If you would like to support Reach Beyond’s emergency team in bringing medical relief and care to people in need, visit our Just Giving page.  Thank you.

Paul Arnold
paul@themedianet.org