Going to Nepal

16670666713_8e82cf4e5f_zMajor disasters, such as the 7.8  and 7.3 earthquakes which have hit Nepal, grab world attention. People understand there will be on-going needs for a long time to come, but often after the initial shock and devastation fades from TV screens, so does the response. Even the most aware and least blinkered of us don’t seem able to hold on to empathy for long. Especially as the global reach of news media coverage pretty much guarantees there will be another unthinkable disaster of some kind along soon.

But for some people, such as Sean and Tasha Shemwell, the response is to go and stand beside the local communities, offering their skills and sharing their hope in Jesus. It’s as though not going is the unthinkable thing. Sean is a project manager, qualified as an electrician and in property maintenance; Tasha is anEzineShemwells occupational therapist. Back in 2004 when the tsunami devastated coasts around the Indian Ocean, the Shemwells made short-term trips from their home in the UK to help in Sri Lanka and Thailand.  Returning home, Tasha says, “We felt a discontentment with being in Western culture that we couldn’t really explain. But following that experience was when we eventually found Jesus.”

The Shemwells migrated to New Zealand and live now in Whanganui.  They are raising support to go to Nepal – and have been doing so for months, long before the earthquakes struck. How much more they are needed now! Sean was going to be working in maintenance management and health and safety at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC, pictured above after the first earthquake). But depending on when they arrive and what the most urgent post-earthquake needs are at the time, this may change. Rebuilding in Nepal will be a priority for a long time, and the road to recovery just got longer with the latest earthquake.

They are keen to get there as soon as possible. Baby Ella already has her passport and they’ve had their vaccinations. But Sean and Tasha know the timing is in God’s hands; they still have far to go in terms of funds. If you would like to become a supporter, contact Michelle at nz.donor@sim.org, or click here.  You can sign up for the Shemwells’ email updates via their Facebook page here.  Sean and Tasha are ready and willing to speak at churches; talk to them at tasha.shemwell@sim.org. See a short video on Shemwells here.

Let’s help get the Shemwells to Nepal. This is one good way to become personally involved in making a difference in a disaster halfway across the world, when the enormity of the situation seems hard to respond to in a meaningful manner.


A short video introducing the Shemwells :

SIM-Shemwells from Daisy123 on Vimeo.