After receiving permission to enter the sensitive Kashmir region of India’s Jammu & Kashmir state, a team of Gospel for Asia native missionaries has arrived in Srinagar after a precarious 13-hour journey into the mountainous region devastated by Saturday’s earthquake.

Controlled by the military due to border conflicts with neighboring Pakistan, the region was initially closed to relief work. But with the help of a Christian military couple, GFA was granted permission to bring emergency relief supplies to minister to thousands of hurting Kashmiris.

GFA President K.P. Yohannan reported that permissions have also been received from the Pakistan Embassy to send a relief team into that country to minister to the victims there.

The earthquake that hit Pakistan and North India measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. It caused significant damage to the GFA Bible College in Jammu. While none of the students were seriously hurt, they have slept outside for several nights in fear of further tremors. Hundreds of people in Jammu have lost their homes as well, and winter is already on the way.

Please pray for the team members as they minister to earthquake survivors in Kashmir and Pakistan. And pray that many will open their hearts to the Lord’s love and comfort.

“It is Jesus, and Him alone, who can give any kind of comfort”,noted Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan.