Finding Life in the Aftershocks

Barun and Parbarti came to understand the transformational love of the Savior after the devastating earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. They witnessed His life displayed through the compassionate acts of local believers who, though they were suffering as well, did all they could to pray for and minister to others in need.

Barun’s life was in ruins long before the earthquake ever struck his country of Nepal on April 25, 2015. When he was younger, his mother died and his father got remarried to a woman who treated him harshly. Because of the ill treatment, he never finished his studies.

When Barun married, he and his wife moved away to avoid the conflict with his stepmother, despite the cultural norm of staying near his parents. But this didn’t bring the peace he hoped for—Barun and his wife, Parbarti, argued all the time. Their son often fell ill, which only added to Barun’s growing depression. Discouraged and disheartened, Barun found it difficult to work or provide for his family. His wife had to take up work sewing clothes to maintain the family.

Shaken and Unsettled

After the earthquake, Barun and Parbarti found themselves, along with thousands of others, bereft and in need. Their home, now ready to crumble from the numerous aftershocks that shook the nation, offered them no comfort in the night. They slept outside, fearing another quake would finish off the destruction. Their fears were not unfounded—aftershocks came often.

Thankfully, a local body of believers opened their hearts to this struggling family in their time of need. They offered more than just physical assistance—they prayed, and God moved in many ways.

A Family Ruled by Grace

Barun and Parbarti found help from the local congregation, which was led by a GFA-supported pastor named Karunamay. They provided Barun and Parbarti with food, clothing, comfort and prayer. Their very lives impacted the couple.

“When I saw the activities of the believers, I was impressed a lot,” Barun recalls. “I liked them. Especially when I saw their joy and happiness, even in the midst of fears and shortages, and the way they were praying for all of the earthquake-affected people . . . Pastor Karunamay and the believers prayed for me and my family, too. I was sick at that time, but when they prayed for me, I felt a kind of freshness.”

Parbarti was also blessed as she saw the love of God displayed so beautifully through His children.

“Now we are happy,” Parbarti shares. “My husband and my son are healthy. My mother was very sick; God healed her, too. I would like to thank our Pastor Karunamay and all the believers . . . for praying and caring for us. We are also praying for them.”

Barun and Parbarti have found a fresh start with Jesus. Although the trials of this earth may continue to bring challenges their way, even destroying their physical home, they now have an eternal home with Jesus Christ and the lasting peace He brings.

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” —2 Corinthians 5:1

Compassion services, like the food, comfort and prayers offered through Pastor Karunamay’s congregation, have the potential to impact lives both now and for eternity. Learn about others who have been helped through GFA-supported Compassion Services.

*Names of people and places may have been changed for privacy and security reasons. Images are GFA stock photos used for representation purposes and are not the actual person/location, unless otherwise noted.

4 Responses to “Finding Life in the Aftershocks”

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  1. Ivan says:

    Pastor KP I always am blessed by the stories of people who through hardship come to know the Lord. I pray for the persecuted church in India and pray for the thousands of young missionaries who put their lives on the line daily, even to digging their own graves before they move into a village. They provide more hope for me, than I give to them in prayer.

    Bro. Joe
    Evangelist/Missionary

  2. Jeannie says:

    Please pray for me too I am handicapped w/a brain tumor and need healing! Please Jesus could one miracle be mine ….I suffer so much w/this. JUST PUT IN A REALLY BAD MONTH.

  3. Jim & Sally says:

    Praying for you all

  4. Kim says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful story I am praying about going to Nepal so I am delighted to hear the gospel is being spread.

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