I’ve been thinking a lot about this verse from the James 1:27:

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

The words are simple, but a basic formula is revealed—namely, help those who are in need, build your life around the gospel of Jesus Christ, and avoid yielding to worldly temptations. There is something so pure about helping the people of Nepal. It just feels so natural to help our neighbor in their distress.

It’s been incredible to see my friends (and friends of friends) getting involved in loving our neighbors. In under two days we raised over USD $6,000. That’s incredible. As always I am left amazed, inspired and encouraged by their generosity.

I am so happy to have each and ever one of you along for the ride.

We head off today. I’ll be honest, I am a little nervous. Scared even. I don’t know quite what to expect. I have driven a fair bit through Nepal and the mountain roads are sketchy at the best of times, add an earthquake and I imagine it’s going to be a ride to remember.

500 packages ready for Nepal

500 packages ready for Nepal

Our 500 relief packages are sitting in our church ready to go. It took a whole day. At least 40 of our kids helped out: weighing and bagging dhal and sugar, loading the sacks, opening boxes, stitching the packages. It was a blast. We finished the last bag at around 11:30pm. It was incredible. What a perfect lesson for our kids.

Religion is not about rules or judgement. It’s about love. Loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves.