The news is in from COGIC World Missions reporting the work completed thus far in Nepal. It reads much like it could be a chapter from the Book of Acts – ripe with excitement and filled with the hope that comes when the Holy Spirit is so evidently at work. The country of Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake which devastated the country. Just this week, another major earthquake shook the already devastated country and the death toll is expected to exceed 10,000. If ever there was a country in need of hope – It is Nepal.
The Church of God in Christ through COGIC Charities was able to send a group from COGIC World Missions to Nepal to provide food, supplies, shelter and much-needed medical care. The COGIC World Missions group ventured deep into Nepal to reach areas and families that had not yet received aid. They were able to serve thousands of families and delivered 3 tons of rice, 250 gallons of cooking oil and spices. They even had some sweet treats for the children of the area. So far, 25 shelters have been constructed by the Church of God in Christ and plans are being made to construct 70 more shelters.
In Nepal, only 1.4% of the population is reported to be Christian and there are only 4,000 villages with Christian Churches out of 74,000 villages. As Bishop Mathews stated, “This earthquake was horrific, I saw horrors that shook me to the core. However, the greatest tragedy in Nepal is the spiritual state of the nation.” Bishop Mathews met with a pastor who had planted 18 churches who was looking for a spiritual home and guidance. Bishop Mathews met with many of the pastors of these churches and they unanimously agreed to join the Church Of God In Christ. These young pastors in Nepal want to cover the country with fire baptized COGIC Pentecostal Churches and the COGIC World Missions department has promised to help this effort.
In Psalms 34:18 we learn that God is near to the brokenhearted and that He binds up their wounds (Psalms 147:3). So, that is where we should desire to be, near to those who are brokenhearted and ready to bind up their wounds, both naturally and spiritually. Not only is Nepal seemingly devoid of hope, a vast majority of the population do not know the Only True Hope, The Hope of Glory, Jesus Christ! Not only can we bring hope by meeting the physical needs of those in Nepal, but we are also able to minister to them on a much deeper level by meeting their spiritual needs. This changes the trajectory of their life and their eternal destiny.
As the Church of God in Christ continues to help restore hope in Nepal, please pray how God might desire to use you in His plans for the restoration of this country. Maybe God will call you to fast and pray for this effort? Maybe God will give you a burden to cover the COGIC missionaries who are on the ground in Nepal? Or maybe God is calling you to sow a seed into this effort? However He leads you to connect, we pray that you answer the call to Provide Hope in the Midst of Devastation.