International Operations Chief
Foursquare Disaster Relief
Foursquare Disaster Relief arrived in Nepal on Thursday may 5. We are working through Dan and Sheryl Ingle and our Foursquare Family to reach out to Nepal in their time of need in response to the earthquake.
Dan and Sheryl have operated a mercy center in Kathmandu and one in Dhulikhel which is closer to the epicenter of the earthquake. It is the plan to continue ministry through each of these centers. Earthquake victims are receiving limited care from hospitals and clinics due to the number of patients needing immediate surgery and care.
Our Foursquare Family has been volunteering in these facilities already. When a patient is discharged by the hospital, which most times is a lot sooner than it should be, then the relief center offered as a place to go. Many of these patients don’t have a home to go home to and many have lost family members. So through these mercy centers, or step down camps, people are able to stay and continue to get medical care they desperately need. Many from the hospitals leave still getting IV drips, need continued wound care, and medications.
One thing to note, medical attention and medically trained people have been needed but the needs change daily as thousands of volunteers come into the country. The government has begun to crack down on foreign medical professionals with regulations like they were before the earthquake potentially limiting the amount of medical teams that could come in. But we do see a need eventually for physical therapists, counselors, and other types of specialists who can help on a lower key level with the therapy of victims who need physical therapy after major injuries/surgeries as well as emotional therapy of loosing family and trauma they endured.
Many of our Nepali Foursquare Family have stepped up in amazing ways to assist their own people. Many of which stayed in local hospitals for several days in a row immediately after the earthquake helping victims. Hospitals were overwhelmed with patients and care for these patients wasn't happening. So our family stepped in and continued to be there showing Jesus love to these patients. Even without medical training they have been assisting with all kinds of tasks, physical and emotional comfort, and sharing the gospel. We have also been providing funds to pay for medical care, surgery, and medication for so many patients.
One little girl named Salina was met immediately after the earthquake in the hospital by our Foursquare Family. She had been crushed by a side of a house in the village mountains of Sindhupalchowk near the epicenter. Her grandfather dug her out of the rubble himself, and then drove her on a motorcycle to Kathmandu which is on dirt mountain roads for much of the way and probably 2 hour drive. His granddaughter had multiple fractures all over her body as well as many other complications. Our Family stayed up all night with her caring for her as she was in so much pain she screamed much of the night. She began to get medical care and is doing much better now. But her grandfather saw our Nepali teams caring for her, and asked if we could go with him to his village and assist the many others who couldn’t make it down the mountain for care.
So we visited their village and found out this elderly grandfather had a mother who was 79 years old living in the village who was severely dehydrated and close to death from not eating or drinking water for 6 days straight. So some of our medical relief team came and gave her IV fluids and care in one tent, while some of our Foursquare leaders shared the gospel in a tent next door that we had set up. Seeing compassion opening the door into these villages allowing ministry to take place like never before. We continue to bring in tarps and other relief supplies to this village with plans to help demolish homes and rebuild.
When people are ready to leave our 2 mercy centers, we hope that we have built relationships well enough that it will open the door for us to continue to care for them and their neighbors and help rebuild their homes and lives. We are estimating approximate costs to rebuild a village home is between $7-10k at this time. We are trying to gather more accurate costs but at this time is very difficult as supplies are very scarce which we are afraid may raise the cost. We would also love US Churches to think about adopting a project to help raise the funds to rebuild a home, send a team or have locals rebuild, and then also look at partnering to help that family rebuild their lives. With things like clothes, household goods, animals etc. As many lost much of their personal effects and any animals they may have had. Our other concern is that most in these villages are subsistence farmers relying on growing rice, wheat and other crops.
And if they are busy trying to rebuild their own homes before monsoon season in a few weeks, they will miss out on replanting crops for their families. So we want to assist so they don’t have to worry about that.
In several villages we have been assisting already with tarps, tents, food supplies, and eventual rebuilding supplies. And in the mercy centers we are providing the medical care, as well as food, water, blankets and bedding, as well as other essentials to the patient as well as a family member that helps care for them.
Dan and Sheryl are leaving in 2 weeks back to the states for 2 weeks for convention and other events. This will pose a difficulty for teams before then and will have to wait till they return. When they return the need for teams will be there, but we will need to reevaluate what kind of teams as things are changing daily. Medical teams may not be allowed by the government then. We plan to have a gathering at convention in Anaheim for anyone interested in Nepal relief. Whether just to know more to pray or raise funds, or people wanting to learn about sending teams in. If interested in attending this gathering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for location details in Anaheim. We will have more specific details about costs to rebuild homes, and other opportunities there.
Foursquare Disaster Relief wants to thank you for your partnership to assist our Foursquare Family in Nepal in response to the earthquake. We exist to help the local church be the church in times of disaster, and it is through partnership with you that were able to assist our Family in Nepal. So thank you for that. We will continue to update you, and if your able to attend the convention gathering please do. If you aren't able to attend but still want info, please email us above.
To donate to these relief efforts please click the "Donate Here" button above this post. And your funds will be directed to the Foursquare Canada National Office. We will then transfer the funds to FMI Foursquare Disaster Relief. Canadian churches cannot give directly to the U.S. and individuals who do cannot be issued tax receipts. FGCC has a funding agreement in place with the U.S. Church allowing us to legally send funds for Foursquare Disaster Relief.