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Louisville-area group Nepal-bound for Earthquake relief

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Bardstown resident and pastor Larry Meade shops for supplies to take to Nepal at Cabela's. He said people there needs tarps and tents. Bardstown resident and pastor Larry Meade shops for supplies to take to Nepal at Cabela's. He said people there needs tarps and tents.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bardstown resident and pastor Larry Meade has been doing mission work in and around Nepal for 25 years.

"We have a lot of friends there and know a lot of people that this whole earthquake has affected,” Meade told WDRB.

Saturday's earthquake has reportedly killed more than 5,000 people, has displaced about 2.8 million and more than 70,000 homes are believed to have been destroyed.

"It's just devastating and just makes your heart break and makes tears come to your eyes,” said Meade.

Meade, along with a team of five others, will leave Louisville on Monday and arrive in Nepal mid-week.

He says their goal is to make sure those who lived through the earthquake have what they need to survive.

"One of the real needs they've told me is they need tarps that they can stretch out just to get some shelter and tents,” he said.

Meade will spend the next few days gathering supplies.

He was able to get discounted tents and food from Cabela's.

He says they'll take whatever they can fit on the flight.

But mentally preparing for the trip, Meade says, won't be easy.

"I know when I get there, it's probably going to be really difficult."

On trips in the past, they've been able to stay with residents but he isn't sure what travel accommodations will be like this time.

"With all the houses destroyed, I don't know now,” he said.

The team will stay in Nepal for two weeks. While there, they'll rely on their feet to get around.

“To get to this one village, it will take us at least a day and a half just to get there,” he explained.

Meade has a long journey ahead but anticipates it to be one of the most rewarding yet.

"We're just trying to make a difference, what little we can,” Meade told WDRB.

If you can donate tents, tarps or money, you can drop it off at the Evangel World Prayer Center in Louisville.

Or mail a check:

Evangel Missions
6900 Billtown Rd
Louisville, Ky
40299
Attn: Nepal

Or you can donate online here and here.

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