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Church is a shelter for many

On April 25, 2015, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook the ground in Nepal. Thousands of lives were taken by this unexpected disaster. Though the homes of many Christians collapsed into rubble, their church buildings held firm, preserving the lives of hundreds. Now, months later, our ministry partners are on the front lines of the humanitarian effort to get much needed food and shelter to the quake’s survivors.

Here's an example of the buildings that are funded by ICM in Nepal. This is the Battar Learning Center and has protected hundreds of people from natural disasters.

Here’s an example of the buildings funded by ICM in Nepal. This is the Battar Learning Center. It has protected hundreds of people from natural disasters.

Each building ICM oversees is constructed and maintained with the highest standards. Our in-country partners find qualified workers to build the project and make sure it’s quality work. The logic behind this process is simple, really. Indigenous people know how things work where they live. When empowered with funding, that knowledge results in long-standing places of worship.

Each church you’ve supported cares for an average of more than 100 survivors. In recent years, we’ve accounted for 65 Nepalese congregations protected from natural disasters. Your investment has helped these congregations provide food, medicine and tents for believers and others who have lost their homes.

Testimonies like this are not uncommon after natural disasters in Nepal.

“I live with my Church people for four days [under a] tarp. Kids and family from three children’s centers, plus believers from the church. Some youth went into the market and at last found one [more] tarp. By this, I manage two days. My daughter has been sick for seven days by fever and flu. No doctor is in the medical center anymore to get medicine.”  -Mr. H. Khadka

With the construction of more and more buildings that are capable of withstanding strong earthquakes, these testimonies will continue to speak to the church and its helpfulness in the presence of disaster.

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