Some huge updates and news coming in from Gorka, Nepal, from Matt Darvas. Working with INF and World Vision Australia. Read the words from Matt.
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UPDATE – It’s now 4:30 AM here in Gorkha, Nepal. Managed to sleep well for a few hours this morning though I slept under a tarp in an open field infront of government HQ with villagers afraid to sleep in homes. We had 2 tremors that woke me last night but no damage from them here. My focus today is on continuing to share the story from here, which is that more than 2 DAYS after the quake, there are many villages near my current location where no rescue teams have been able to land despite there being people buried under rubble with up to 70-90% of homes completely destroyed in those villages worst hit. This is because they DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT HELICOPTERS or rescue teams here yet. I can’t tell if that’s because those resources are genuinely unavailable or because they are being focused on Kathmandu and trekkers stuck around Everest etc. Whatever the case, the world needs to get those specialist resources here now where the death toll is certainly set to rise dramatically in coming days.
Driving into Gorkha
PLEASE PRAY – that the world would get this message from Gorkha and that I may be effective in helping to share. Pray for strength and wisdom as to how to best act and thank God I’ve somehow kept full 3G reception to keep doing live video interviews with world media. I am truly seeing God guide my efforts far far beyond what I could possibly imagine to achieve by myself and just trying to be a faithful witness to Jesus love amongst these devastated and scared people. God has not forgotten these people buried and trapped in the remote villages around me and nor can we.
AND please pray for my beautiful wife Brittany Darvas and daughter who are safe in Pokhara and starting to help neighbours there. In many ways it’s harder for Britt back there without me and looking after Zippy though we have wonderful Nepali and foreigner friends looking after them.
There’s also an update from Brittany, Matt’s wife in Pokhara, Nepal.
UPDATE: It’s 10pm here and we’ve just had yet another aftershock, almost 60 hours after the earthquake! Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement, especially with Matt away! Zipporah and I are doing ok, but obviously still stressed and anxious.
Today we took some supplies up to the house of our milkman, who lives in a village on the hillside next to Pokhara, as his house and many others there are either in ruins or are cracking so they’re having to sleep outside!
Thanks to Lucy for keeping me company (and sane) tonight!
Please continue to pray for Matt , for safety and strength and energy as he has been working day and night!
On a slightly humorous note, not letting Zippy out of arms length means I’ve had to sit her in the highchair in the bathroom when I’m on the toilet, which she finds hilarious!
Lots of media and interviews today – tune in and check out the clips. Will share more updates where possible.
5:45 AM Nepal Time, 10.00 AM AEST – BBC five LIVE
6:00 AM Nepal Time, 10.15 AM AEST – MSNBC
6:30 AM Nepal Time, 10.45 AM AEST ABC News
7:00 AM Nepal Time, 11.15 AM AEST – Fox TV Australia
7:45 AM Nepal Time, 12 PM AEST- msnbc
8:15 AM Nepal Time, 12.30 PM AEST, ITV Good Morning Britain interview
10:15 AM Nepal Time, 2.30 PM AEST 702 ABC Sydney
21:15PM Nepal Time, 1.30AM AEST – CNN
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