by Susie Rain
Two dozen voices gained momentum, clapping hands, dancing and raising their faces to heaven in song: "Still I will love You and spread Your love to the people."
The congregation breaks into prayer, for this is the moment when the song was interrupted by Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake a week earlier, on April 25.
They shed tears and cry in reliving the moment together: ... The congregation grabbed hands and crouched against an inner wall of their fourth-floor room. Someone prayed aloud and others joined. The pastor, Rajaan Tamang*, looked up and saw the outer wall shaking. He looked over his shoulder and saw a crack form across the wall where they had sought shelter. He knew that if they didn't get off the fourth floor, they all might die. They lurched down the stairs and gathered in the field outside. A few moments later, a building across the street crumbled and killed seven people. They were safe and together....
...Nepal's 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed the lives of 20 members of rural Living Word Church. This photo was taken before the earthquake. Roads to the town are blocked, making access for relief teams difficult.