Nepali Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 May 05
A congregation of Christians in Nepal finished singing a worship song this week that they had been singing when an earthquake rocked the capital last week.
“I was standing in a row near to the wall and praying when the trembling started. The pastor continued the prayer and suddenly, everything collapsed,” said Maili Tamang, who was worshipping at the Vision of Salvation Church. “I was half conscious and could heard people screaming. After one hour I was pulled out. While lying there, I knew God would save me.”
Christianity Today reports the Vision of Salvation Church collapsed during the quake last week. There were 62 members at the church at the time. Seventeen people died, including Tamang’s husband, sister and three other family members. The senior pastor Elia Ghale and his son were also killed.
It’s unclear how many churches were destroyed in the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Thus far, the Baptist World Alliance is reporting that about 150 Christians were killed in the quake.
“I am getting reports of entire Christian families being wiped out in Kathmandu and outside,” said Simon Pandey, chairman of the National Christian Fellowship of Nepal.
The earthquake killed more than 6,000 people.
Publication date: May 5, 2015