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The Thrill of Hope: Week 2, December 2, 2018

The Thrill of Hope: Week 2, December 2, 2018

On April 25, 2015 a huge earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal.  Thousands of structures were damaged and the death toll soared to 9,000.  The world watched in horror.    Rescue personnel threw themselves at the enormous task in front of them.  They grew exhausted and discouraged as they labored hour after hour in a desperate attempt to save lives.  As hope began to fade, the cry of a baby arose from the rubble.  Responders renewed their efforts and after some 22 hours of digging, little Sonit Awal was rescued.    The weary world rejoiced!   Photographer Amul Thapa, whose pictures captured the story, said that he prayed when he heard Sonit’s cry.  He prayed that God would help them save that baby’s life.  When Sonit was rescued, Thapa said, “When I saw the baby alive all my sorrow . . . [disappeared]. Everyone was clapping. It gave me . . . [joy] in spite of lots of pain hidden inside me.”   The rescue of a baby caused a weary world to rejoice.   That was a baby th