By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS — June 8, 2015) — In the village of Armi, about six-hours from Kathmandu over rugged terrain, every single home was leveled by the enormous quake April 25th. A four-person team of young people from Orange County, California made it to Armi and recount the fortitude of the people to rebuild.
“When the earthquake struck, 36 people were killed and every single home was leveled,” says Sam Ellis, a youth minister at Church by the Sea in Laguna Beach. He was accompanied on the relief mission by Ryah Arthur, from the same church and Tali Constantz and John Fredricks from Saddleback Church.
Sam and his teammates were the only responders to this town. All the roofs of their houses fell in. “They are very stressed because they have so much more work, to rebuild and tend their fields.”
One day an older man in the village approached Sam and said, “I do not understand the power that compels you all to come help us. My brother in the next village will not help, but you come from the other side of the world?
“This power I must understand,” he said.
Several Hindu families in the village prayed to receive Christ as Sam and his team met with them, offered basic first aid, prayer, and explained the Good News about Jesus.
“Many people came up to me asking for prayer. They are open to Jesus,” he says.
Photo caption: Women at work in rebuilding
About the writer: Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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