On April 25, 2015, the small mountainous country of Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. It was centered west of the capital city of Kathmandu and even triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest and numerous valleys around the country. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless with entire villages flattened across much of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley. We immediately began to collect donations to assist in the relief efforts there – and you graciously provided more than $28,000. We provided funds to support the work of several churches and aid organizations in Nepal who were assisting in the rebuilding and relief work. One of the medical mission teams that was working in Kathmandu identified an orphanage that was in need of assistance –not only for relief from the quake damage but for ongoing support for the children in the small family run care center.
So in the fall of 2015, we began providing monthly financial assistance to a church in Kathmandu who purchased the needed food and delivered it to the orphanage. Called “Our Child Protection Foundation Nepal,” this small care center was founded by a young lady who is committed to caring for these children who have been abandoned by others. Similar to our care centers in China and in the Philippines, OCPFN is dedicated to providing the physical care, nurture and education for these vulnerable children – providing them with opportunities they would not have otherwise. This work continues today thanks to the gracious donations of some of our donors. For approximately $100 per month, we are able to feed nearly twenty children at the center.
There are many other needs that the center has – to include building repairs and improvements – and there are many more children who are in need of care but this small center can only serve a few. Please contact Jeff ([email protected]) if you are interested in donating to this effort or helping us expand this work and care for more children in Nepal.
New Employee – Jennifer Lewis
Jennifer Lewis is our newest Agape Asia employee in the US. She lives in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and has been married for 35 years. She and her husband, Perry, have two grown children, a son and a daughter, and one grandchild, Callie. Leigh Ann and Jennifer attended high school and college together. Jennifer has college degrees from Freed Hardeman University and the University of Georgia. After college, Leigh Ann, Jennifer, and Pat all worked together in a physician recruiting firm, Jackson and Coker. J&C later became Jackson Healthcare which provides support for the children in the Jackson Family Christian Care Center. Jennifer worked in business for seven years and taught 5th grade for eleven years. Pat and Leigh Ann planned for Jennifer to take Pat’s place when she was ready to slow down more and work less. Pat will soon be moving into a house in Albany, GA where she hopes to relax more and enjoy much less travel than she has done for the past five or six years.
Jennifer’s hobbies include playing tennis, spending time with her horse and riding her horse, Jessie. She also enjoys hiking and snow skiing. She and her husband are members at College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, TN. She is also involved with the World Bible School ministry through her home congregation. Perry and Jennifer support three children in China at the Refuge of Grace Christian Care Center. Her adult class at church also supports an additional child in the same care center.
She will assist Leigh Ann with administrative duties: editing and emailing reports, editing letters, working in our database and various other office tasks. We welcome Jennifer to our mission work! (Her email is: [email protected])