Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) invites all of its volunteers and supporters to pray for the people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake on Saturday, April 25.
According to news reports and US geological survey the earthquake, registering 7.8 on the Richter scale, could be felt as far away as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tibet and nearby in India.
“There is an enormous amount of damage and loss of life in cities, towns and villages throughout Nepal,” Kevin King, MDS executive director said Monday morning. “All of those who support MDS can respond through prayer and by sending gifts and donations to our sister agency, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).”
King said MDS responds to disaster situations in the US and Canada, but is prepared to lend whatever support needed for MCC, who is the lead agency within the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches responsible for disaster response outside of the US and Canada.
“First pray, then assist as you can with gifts and donations directly to MCC,” King said. “If MCC requires further assistance from MDS we are ready to help as requested.”
For more information about the MCC response to the earthquake in Nepal visit the MCC web sites in the U.S. and Canada.
In the U.S. – http://mcc.org
In Canada - http://mcccanada.ca.
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