Super Typhoon Noul, (Cat. 5) with sustained winds of 165 mph and gusts to 195 mph passed over the northeastern tip of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines on Sunday. It is predicted to head north and weaken as it approaches Japan. There were 2 reported deaths and 3800 people displaced along with reports of major damage to villages in the province of Cagayan.
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DeKalb County IL Tornado UpdateAs soon as we heard that tornadoes had hit in the mid-west, we began praying and seeking the Lord to see if He wanted us to be involved. We connected with CC Rockford, which is about 45 minutes from one of the affected areas in Illinois. We knew God was calling us there so we packed up and left Colorado (please see our Colorado wrap-up below). We were directed us to Fairdale and we began to assess the area and help some of the folks who had been affected.
The Lord eventually led us to the Kirkland City Hall, just outside of Fairdale. They were forming a Long Term Recovery Steering Committee. We offered assistance for anything they needed. That was on a Friday. By Tuesday, they held their second meeting and we were asked to be part of the committee and help with the volunteer, cleanup and construction sub-committees.
Since then we've been meeting with homeowners, performing intakes to discuss needs, contacting volunteer groups, contacting local contractors and building supply companies, etc. We will be assessing homeowner needs, raising funds, scheduling volunteers, etc in an attempt to get folks home who would not otherwise be able to return to their homes.
There are over 80 homes that have been damaged and more than half are totally gone! Some folks do have insurance that will cover most of their needs, but our initial intakes lead us to believe that about half of them will need some major assistance. The federal government (FEMA) and the State of Illinois have not "closed the door" on helping, but have stated that the local community should be able to take care of itself. The county has no money for road repairs, let alone helping homeowners.
This has left a huge deficit for those wishing to rebuild this mostly poor railroad community that is over 100 years old! We will do all we can to help as many as we can as The Lord leads and we are able. At this point we have no exit date and since the county is wanting us to play such a huge part in the recovery process, it is likely that we will be here for a while.
We haven't found a permanent place to stay yet. We've been here for two weeks and had to move twice. We've been told there is a permanent place available to us soon, but the date keeps getting pushed back. Also this is farm country. There is no place to stay in Fairdale and we are currently staying 45 minutes away. This results is a lot of fuel/vehicle expenses and since we only have one vehicle, makes for long days for both of us and we're serving Monday-Saturday sometimes into the evenings!
Obviously all of this takes a major amount of prayer and financing. Please continue to keep those affected by the storm in your prayers as well as all of the financial needs and for continued guidance from The Lord for me and Mary Jo.
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Our team met with members from the UN as well as local law enforcement, we are looking to build relationships with these and other NGO’s in Nepal to assist them with relief efforts. The US military has also arrived with several aircraft to help move people and supplies to isolated villages. Although some supplies are making it into Nepal, the government there is have difficulty moving it into the effected areas. Needs at this time seem to be tarps, rice, and medical supplies. The monsoon season begins in about a month and will mean even greater hardship for the people, many who have lost not only friends and loved ones, but their homes.
The team with the help of our Bible College students have been distributing food to a couple of villages about an hour’s drive from the Bible College, they are home to about 85 families. Attempts will be made today to get supplies to another village on the Chinese border that was very close to the epicenter. The village is about 4 hours, by car, from the college and another 6 hours on foot. The village is home to about 200 families. It has received no assistance to date and is between 90-95% damaged or destroyed.
Current government figures put the death toll at around 7500, with 2.8 million people displaced. Most of the damage and loss of life has been reported in the outlying villages.
In the coming days, we hope to establish working relationships with Government and Non-government Organizations (NGOs) and to offer assistance in helping move supplies to needed locations. We have working relationships with a number of Christian pastors from the outlying villages and are looking to work with and through them to reach the people of Nepal. We also have a base in Kathmandu and hope to be hosting teams soon to assist our local students and staff as they reach out to the victims in the love of Christ.
Thank you Saints for your prayers and financial support for the country of Nepal. Our assessment team has made it safely to Nepal. We have had two very productive days. We have gone out with the Calvary Chapel Bible College students and leadership to some of their local villages to assess which of them have not yet received aid. Tomorrow, we will be going out with the students to provide aid for 85 families that have not been reached with food or shelter. What an awesome opportunity for our students to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and to put in action the faith that they have been learning about.
The next couple of days will be very critical as will be going to various cluster meetings finding out where the greatest needs are. We will also be going closer to the epicenter as we have heard there is no one caring for the needs there. Within the next couple of days we should know what types of teams and supplies will be needed. We should also have a budget together (for mission teams) and a general idea of where teams could be housed here in Kathmandu.
Please continue to pray for the following:
1. That the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and received by the people of Nepal like never before. (Romans 1:16)
2. That God would ready mission teams to come and serve the people here. (1 John 3:18)
3. For God's wisdom in all we say, do, and plan. (James 1:15)
4. That God will continue to provide financially and spiritually for these hurting and broken people.." (Genesis 22:13-14)
5. That the government will allow relief organizations to work freely without governmental corruption. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
6. That God will send legions of angels armies to be by the side of our missionaries and team as we continue to serve here. (Matthew 26:53)
In closing, you will notice the Picture of "The chariot of Bunga Dyah." The earthquake happened during the chariot festival where these large idols are created and worship all over the Nepal. Many believe that the gods were angry and caused this earthquake to come. Even still today, people are lighting candles and worshiping this falling god.
This so reminds me of how Elijah mocked the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:27: "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping, and needs to be awakened."
May we continue to cry out to the living God Elijah's prayer in 1 Kings 18:37: "Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know You, O Lord, are God, and that you have turned their heart back again."
Until the last one hears,
Pastor Brent Kaser
Founder/Director of Promise Child
Today the official death toll is over 7000, with many still unaccounted for. Please pray for the people of Nepal and our team which is heading to Nepal. Gary Kusunoki and Steve Bailey from Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano will be flying out of Los Angeles this evening and arriving in Nepal on May 4th. Brent Kaser from Calvary Chapel Westgrove flew out of Israel and arrived in Nepal today. He is in the process of locating supplies and visiting outlying villages. Trent Douglas from Calvary Chapel Saving Grace will be flying out of Israel on May 4. The team plans to make contact with our Church/Bible College and missionaries. They also hope to visit some of the outlying villages to set up water purifiers and assess needs. We are currently accepting donations at: "Click Here"
Latest reports put the death toll as over 6000 with 14,000 injured and thousands still unaccounted for. Thousands of villages have been devastated and reports are that up to 90% of schools and clinics in many district are badly damaged.
Calvary Chapel has a church and Bible College (http://www.ccbcnepal.com) located in Kathmandu that has sustained very minor damage. On May 2 a team from CC Westgrove, CC Saving Grace, and CC San Juan Capistrano will be headed to Nepal to meet with our staff in Kathmandu and assess needs in the outlying areas. They will be taking water purification systems and other supplies to help meet immediate needs.
We pray that in the days ahead we will raise the financial support we need to equip teams to minister to the needs of the Nepalese in the name of Christ. If you would like to donate you can do so at DONATE.
We will be updating information on our operations at calvarychapelrelief.com/news.
Please pray for our staff and students as well as our team. And please pray for the many who are injured and/or have lost family, friends, and homes.
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