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The Woon Family Update from Nepal...
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Many of you have been asking how we are doing after the earthquake here in Nepal (about noon our time on Saturday) and how you can help with the need.
First, let me say that I am so thankful to the Lord for your prayers and support. My family are all safe and sound. The initial earthquake happened near the end of our morning church service. Thankfully, no one in the church was injured, and the church building is still standing. Our home also suffered very little damage. God is faithful!
Psalm 46:2 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed...though the mountains shake..."
Please see the attached video of the village we work in. The name of the village is Sangla. Many of the homes in Sangla were destroyed and nine people lost their lives. We are currently trying to help these people in every way we possibly can. Our desire is to show them Christ's love and the message of the Cross. I have also included some other pictures of the devastation in Nepal.
As to the need, I am praying for God to give me wisdom and discernment. I told my pastor that I feel like I'm trying to give you guys a weather forecast and I don't even know what "meteorology" means. So here is my forecast and opinion today: Here in the city, things are not that bad right now. The shops are just now starting to open so that people have access to food. I went yesterday and bought a lot of food, and their was no limit on how much I could by. My concern is that the roads from the border may be bad or impassable preventing the import of food. If that happens, there will be hoarding and the poor will suffer as a result. Outside the city, food is already becoming scarce. I feel it will only get worse.
As to other things like water purification, medical supplies, blankets, clothing, etc., I do not think those things are the real needs for the people at this time. I was told that the hospitals are giving free care right now. The army is bringing water tankers off the surrounding mountains to the city for people. And people with wells are fine. We have blankets and clothing here, and the temperatures are mild. These people are used to living with very little - they are very resilient. But they do need food. Their diet is typically rice twice a day with vegetables and lentils. Rice here in the city is pretty cheap right now. That may change.
Someone asked me about shipping a container. I really do not know much about the process, but I have been told that you must have an import license to do such. Also, the border has a bad reputation for corruption. It could (and does sometimes) take months before things are released through customs.
I will do my best to understand the need and the situation as it presents itself and keep you posted. My opinion may change tomorrow. But I feel that now is the time when I should be buying food items, and I cannot do that until I have the funds.
Please pray with me concerning this and do as the Lord leads you. If you would like to give to help with the need, please send the money to my mission board (address is below) and write "Jason Woon Nepal Relief" in the memo on the check. They have set up a special "Nepal relief" fund for that purpose and placed it under my care. Of the money contributed, 100 percent will go to the need of the people of Nepal.
Again, we thank you and we love you for all you do for us in Jesus' Name.
Your servant in Christ,
Baptist Missions to Forgotten Peoples
P.O. Box 37043
Jacksonville, FL 32236-7043
Be sure to put "Jason Woon Nepal Relief Fund" in the memo on the check.
Other Ministries Supported by Harvest Baptist Church
- (BMFP) Baptist Missions To Forgotten Peoples
- Beacon of Truth Ministries
- Hope Childrens Home - Florida
- Jehova Jireh Ministries