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Pray for Carole Sydnor partnering with believers in Nepal to bring relief and aid to victims of recent earthquakes.

May 19, 2015
Carole serves in two different roles in the work God is doing around the world through International Ministries.  She is a part-time member of the IM home staff, assisting Stan Slade, the Associate Executive Director for Program. In her other role, Carole maintains the partnering relationship of IM with two primary organizations: the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and the Human Development and Community Services (HDCS). Her ministry focuses for these two partner organizations are promoting their special projects, including White Cross, and working to seek full-time service placement of their personnel needs.

She writes: What a surprise it was for me to get off the plane in Kathmandu to learn that we had circled 20 minutes before landing. Our plane was the first that was allowed to land after the airport had been closed for two hours because of the second earthquake. Riding to the guesthouse, my familiar taxi driver, Dipak, gave me all the details: people ran out of offices, shops, or buildings while the ground shook. When it finally stopped, they closed up and went to their homes to make sure their families and homes were safe and undamaged.

It was surreal as we drove along on the nearly empty streets towards the guesthouse.  We hardly saw any vehicles– taxis, private cars, bicycles, buses, nor mini-vans – on the road. Only a few people were walking along the side of the road.

Along the way, I saw that people had been sleeping in vehicles and tents on their yards, including a family on the path to the guesthouse. Looking down the path, I saw that the old brick wall separating the private property from the public path had been destroyed.

Later that night, although exhausted but not sleeping because of jet lag, about 2:15 am I was surprised by the sound of the alarm at the guesthouse because the ground was shaking. All of us ran outside because of the aftershock. And about an hour later, nearly getting back to sleep, once again I heard it ring. Once again, we ran outside “for our dose of nighttime fresh air!”

The next day I started meeting with IM’s partners: hearing their stories of themselves and their families; listening to their efforts of the immediate relief they were doing; and sharing in their sadness of the damage and destruction of places known to them as a result of the second earthquake.

I wondered how I could encourage them. Aahaa! I remembered my Bible reading for that very day, which referred to the David and Goliath story. [Read the remainder of Carole’s journal at .