Our last BCM World issue shared the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake that struck Nepal’s Kathmandu region Saturday, April 25, 2015, and its devastating impact on BCM ministry in Nepal, including the destruction of Milestone Church (see God’s Church Still Stands in Earthquake-Shaken Nepal, BCM World, Spring, 2015). After-shocks continued for weeks after the original earthquake, making reconstruction difficult. The Milestone Church site remains condemned. But a temporary meeting place has now been completed on rented property nearby (see photos). BCM Nepal director Robbin Vaidhya expresses thanksgiving to the BCM global family whose donations have made the temporary hall possible. He also ask continued prayer for the far greater long-term financial cost of a new permanent church building.
Robbin Vaidhya writes: “We know all cannot be made the same again, but your help is very big. In the middle of our problems, you encouraged, supported and prayed for us. I want to praise God and say thank you once again for all your kindness and being a part of our ministry. Our believers also give their thanks. Please continue to pray for us. Without your prayer and support, we will be like fish without water. Since we are on opposite sides of the globe, when we sleep, you can pray, and when you sleep, we can pray for you all as our family. Our concern is God’s kingdom, which is rapidly growing here in Nepal; our prayer and hope is Christ’s Second Coming; our labor is to fulfil His will on earth as it is in heaven.”
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Since BCM missionaries Tymofiy Anokhin (Tima) and his wife, Natasha shared the needs of Good Samaritan children’s home (see Good Samaritans Still Needed in the Ukraine’s War Zones, BCM World, December, 2014), tensions remain high in the Ukraine between Russian separatist and Ukrainian government forces. Due to continued shelling in the area, the Good Samaritan orphan children remain evacuated from the children’s home in Mariupol to Novovolinsk in western Ukraine. Tima offers praise for a wonderful summer with the children, including a successful summer camp, attended not only by the orphanage children,, but more than a hundred at-risk children, including war refugees, children who’ve lost parents in the fighting, and children from broken/difficult home situations. Tima also gives thanks for two children recently reunited with their parents after a long rehabilitation.
But needs remain. While children have been safe in Novovolinsk, summer’s passing requires heating, firewood, warm clothing and other needs before the harsh cold of a Ukraine winter sets in A number of the children are dealing with persistent sickness, also worse in winter. Pray for God’s provision of medical and physical needs. An additional need for Tima and Natasha is a larger apartment to accommodate addition of two foster children to their family. Pray too for safety and an end to hostilities with Russia. Above all, Tima and other BCM Ukraine missionaries ask for prayer that Ukrainians will turn to God in the midst of current hardship and danger.
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Originally Published in BCM World September 2015