Nepal...The Tragedy Continues

Last night my FOX News phone alert sounded...notifying me that Nepal had suffered another devastating earthquake. It was only a few weeks ago when over 8,000 people were killed by a massive land shake that crumbed buildings, destroyed homes and threw the entire country of Nepal into a panic. It appears it has happened again. 

It is always challenging to know how to respond to such a tragedy. The world is a lot smaller than it used to be. Fifty years ago, we would have seen images of the devestation and loss of life a couple days after it happened on our TV. Today, our smart phones can alert us almost instantly and we can get online and "stream" the latest news. What does God want us to do with the information that we are now capable of having?

Obviously, I think He wants us to pray. We can pray for the survivors. We can lift up those who are already there helping and those who are on their way. We can pray for Nepal's government and for the governments of other nations to respond quickly with generosity and concern. We can ask our Lord to use this tragedy to show His great love and compassion for humanity so that some might be saved...not just physically, but spiritually. Yes, we should definitely pray. 

I know at Grace we have been praying for Nepal. But, I am glad to report to you that we are doing more than just praying. Last week in our elder meeting, one of our elders suggested that we give a donation to a reputable faith-based organization that was on the front lines in Nepal. Our elders unanimously agreed to do this. Using money from our Mission Fund, Grace sent $750 to World Vision to help with the relief effort as their teams share Christ in this tragedy. 

You need to know (or be reminded) that each week when you give at Grace, 10% of your financial gift is set aside for the purpose of sharing the Gospel through tragedies and/or missionaries both local and around the world. Because of your generosity, we are able to be generous towards them in their time of need. Thank you for being generous followers of Christ. Keep up the good work and let's keep praying for Nepal.