"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way....
and the mountains quake with their surging." (Psalm 46:1, 2b, 3b)
"O LORD, come quickly to help me .... You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay." (Psalm 40: 13b, 17b)
April 28, 2015
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer, the Prince of shalom, Healer of our brokenness, and Hope of the world!
The powerful earthquake in Nepal that occurred a few days ago has resulted in the death of thousands of persons with thousands more injured. The numbers are sure to rise. Unknown as yet is the full impact this calamity will have on the lives of the people who are mostly poor and without the needed resources. Truly, our hearts are heavy with sorrow and grief. Accordingly, I call upon all Susquehanna Conference United Methodists to pray fervently for the people of Nepal, for those most directly affected, and for those who are part of the efforts to bring relief to this suffering country.
I am heartened to know that our church is already responding to the urgent situation. Our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has been in touch from the earliest hours with our missionaries and mission partners in Nepal. We can be sure that whatever we will do will bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ in a significant way and that our church will be there as long as it is needed for relief and recovery.
I solicit our churches to receive offerings for UMCOR for its response to the earthquake in Nepal. You may send your checks to the Treasurer's Office of the Susquehanna Conference at 303 Mulberry Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Please make checks payable to the "Susquehanna Annual Conference" and note for "UMCOR Advance #982450" in the check memo line. To make an immediate donation, click here to give. One hundred percent of all monies received will go to the cause.
Thanks be to God for the generous people of Susquehanna Conference. Indeed we make a difference in the broken world with the love of God. Our prayers and gifts bring healing and hope to the countless numbers of hurting people for such a time as this.
With You in Christ's Ministry,