Nepal: When One Part Hurts, We All Hurt
One of the greatest illustrations of how the Church is designed to operate is the example of the human body.
We have hands, feet, eyes, hearts. Every part matters and is crucial for the healthy functioning of the whole. And so when one part of the body hurts, we all hurt.
Our partner, Hanok, told me that over 1,000 church buildings were totally destroyed when the earthquake hit. More than 600 Christians died and 10,000 were injured. Our partners estimate that the homes of 21,000 Christians were destroyed.
This is especially significant because the Christian community in Nepal is still relatively small. Out of Nepal’s total population of 28 million, only 1.5 million are Christians . . . the vast majority of whom have been directly affected by the earthquakes.
This is why our response to these brothers and sisters in Christ is so vital. Each one represents the future of Christianity in Nepal.
Today our team worked in a Christian village to distribute crucial aid supplies to families. Watch more in the video below:
These believers have lost everything they have, yet their hope remains in God. I had the opportunity to encourage and pray over them.
I told them that our God is a rebuilding God. He rebuilds our lives and takes us in as a part of His family. He knows how to repair, restore, and revive. This is our opportunity to watch God do what He does best.
I urge you today to remember these words of the Apostle Paul whenever you pray for our brothers and sisters in Nepal. May they spur you into practicing compassion in action . . . and doing something that will outlive you and last for eternity.
The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this.