India orphans express their love and concern for Hurricane Harvey survivors

Children of the Peace Gospel India girls home and boys home recently heard the news of Hurricane Harvey devastation in Houston. I told them about the storm and showed them images that appeared on their local newspaper’s front page, and they were shocked. I asked them to express their feelings through artwork, and here are some of the results. Toward the end of this post, you’ll also see some of the younger children expressing their love through their smiles and the simple handwritten message offered by their teacher.

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Nepal Earthquake Relief: Dhading District

A friend and I left Houston for Nepal on Tuesday, April 28 and arrived after a few delays on Thursday local time. I’m the Executive Director and Founder of an organization I began in 1993 called Peace Gospel International, and its sister-project here in Nepal called She Has Hope. Although my trip was already scheduled as part of my work, it was timely in that I could bring desperately needed relief supplies for our local team here. Thursday we delivered supplies to the Peace Gospel orphan home, Friday to the She Has Hope trafficking rehabilitation home, and yesterday we went out to our farmland to deliver supplies to our staff there while also checking on the condition of the villages. It was devastating. While I have some great photos to share from our first two days, it was yesterday that was the most poignant of the three, and today is the first chance I’m getting to publish. So this post covers just day 3 of my visit. If you’d like to give directly to our relief efforts, we would be most grateful. Please donate here.

Our fearless Nepal director, Bimal, got us started on our journey at daybreak…

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As we made our way out of Kathmandu, the scenes of devastation became more and more frequent and shocking. (Buildings in Kathmandu are constructed with relatively more modern materials and thus not as subject to total collapse as the lower-quality village homes)…

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Some of the men, women and children we met along the way…

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More sobering scenes of the devastation…

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After a rough road with many obstructions just barely cleared, we made our way to a trailhead which brought us to the Peace Gospel Nepal farmland located in Dhading District, near the epicenter of the earthquake. We backpacked in some food and supplies for our farmland staff and our neighbors who suffered terrible losses. The farmland provides fresh, organic ingredients for our program beneficiaries’ meals, as well as profits for our programs.

Our farmland director, Dhandahadur, gears up with some of the provisions we brought…

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A man I met along the way points toward his home which was destroyed in the earthquake…

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We made our way along the trail to the farmland…

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I was very sad to find our dear neighbor’s home destroyed, all that was left was the front wall and door…

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Down the steep switchback trail, finally we reached the farmland, visible here…

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A glimmer of good news and a sign of blessing and renewal in the midst of much despair, a baby goat had just been born just a few minutes before our arrival…

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Our dear neighbor, whom we have given shelter in our storehouse, was kind enough to cook us a delicious meal…

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Our Nepal director was happy to present our farmland director with the gift of a new lamp we brought from Houston. The power is expected to be off for another few months as a result of the earthquake…

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Our farmland staff sent us back to the orphan home and She Has Hope rehabilitation home with fresh, organic tomatoes just harvested…

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