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Nepal quake: Three-story concrete church pancaked during worship service

by Mark Ellis

By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS — May 14, 2015) — In a rural church four hours outside Kathmandu, 60 people were in the midst of their Saturday worship service – with many eyes closed in prayer – at the moment when the devastating earthquake hit.

He lost his family Mark EllisAs the quake started, people ran out of the church,” says George*, a leader with OC International, according to a story by their partner organization, ReachGlobal.

The house next to the church collapsed, which scattered a thick haze of red dust into the air, blocking out the sun. “This scared a number of the children, who unfortunately ran back into the church not realizing the danger,” George told ReachGlobal.

Several family members went back into the church to pull the children outside. “The oldest brother got out carrying a child to safety, but the second brother was reaching out to grab his wife who was trying to get their three sons out – he grabbed her shawl only to have it tear in two as the roof collapsed,” George reported.

“He was hit in the head and shoulder and stumbled backwards out the door, but his wife and three sons were killed in the collapse.”

“The church was three floors and made of concrete and it literally pancaked flat. It is hard to imagine how it will all be removed. Sadly, there was little we could do to help with this task though it is really on my heart.”

After the quake, an older brother of one of the victims dug until he recovered six bodies. Another two people are still missing and presumed to have died underneath the rubble, according to ReachGlobal. 

Photo caption: He lost his family inside the church.

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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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