Spotlight: Christians respond after Nepal quake
That was the message Steve Holladay got from his 19-year-old daughter, Savannah, at 1:50 a.m. on a Saturday. Holladay, a member of the Greenville Oaks Church of Christ in Allen, Texas, said his daughter and the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) team she was leading in Nepal were in a church building when the 7.8-magnitude quake hit.
Now the team is volunteering in hospitals and serving survivors of the Himalayan nation’s worst earthquake in 80 years. More than 4,600 people died.
Four members of Churches of Christ in Nepal were reported among the casualties at press time.
The quake destroyed at least one church building in the Makwanpur district near Kathmandu, said Dev Lal Moktan, a Nepali Christian living in Connecticut.
Church-supported ministries, including Eternal Threads, Christian Relief Fund, White’s Ferry Road Relief and Healing Hands International are surveying needs and collecting funds to help the survivors.
“This has been the craziest experience of my life,” Savannah Holladay said in a social media post. “But through the craziness I have found a greater revelation of God’s grace and protection.”