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05.01.15         nepal disaster relief effort  

Arrived in Nepal with Some Updates


Thoughts and prayers with the people of Nepal. I literally had just finished decompressing and restocking my go bag after returning from ‪Vanuatu‬. I won't go into details, but my family needs all the blessings we can get right now. I've come to learn that where there is great need, there is great opportunity to serve, and we will be always be successful if we give it our best effort in these situations. That is a very comforting feeling, guaranteed success in service.

These trips always center me and make me appreciate how much we have to be thankful for. Right now it's looking like I'll be there for about 3 weeks.

If you are interested in donating to my charity group, you can do so HERE. I always cover my own expenses and 100% of any donations go directly towards the mission on the ground. I should be teaming up with the ‪Salvation Army‬ and other NGO's once I arrive. Thank you everyone for your kind words and support.
There were about 25 other responders heading into Nepal yesterday on my flight. ‪Kathmandu‬ is a huge city though and the affected areas are so spread out it seemed like a tiny amount of workers in comparison. I've arrived safe and am with good friends. I have access to 4x4 transport, translators and a safe place to stay. Trying to line up the right guides to take us out to the smaller villages and should have more information coming soon.
Sherpa planning session. Ok...this is by far about to be the craziest thing I've done on a disaster aid trip. Apparently there is one region that needs a lot of the help. The problem is, the road ends at a certain point and for the most part, so does the aid at the end of that road. The Sherpas and other locals believe the only real way to access the villages that are in desperate need, is by hiking in, "up to 25-30km per day for a few days". It'll take about 6 hours to drive there, and that's when the hiking will start. I'll be with at least one Sherpa and another local who lives there, they both know the area well. If we can get to those villages, assess and GPS tag them, photograph etc, it'll be easier getting more resources out to them, preferably by helicopter. I've never said this on fb or Instagram, but please keep us in your prayers to be protected, safe and successful in bringing aid to these villages.

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