A King County pastor who had planned to spend the next two weeks teaching in Nepal instead is packing a suitcase full of emergency supplies and hoping to lend a hand to people harmed by Saturday’s devastating earthquake.
“It seems to me that we had one agenda and God had another. I don’t want to miss God’s agenda,” said the Rev. Jon Scott, 68, of Burien.
Scott is leaving Sunday for Kathmandu. He spent Saturday with his wife, Margaret, collecting medicine and solar-powered equipment that may prove useful in a city recovering from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 1,800 people.
“There’s stuff to be done, so we’ve been out shopping for everything from water purifiers to cellphone chargers,” he said.
The Scotts lead Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Normandy Park. They have many years of experience working as missionaries in Mozambique, Malawi, Portugal and Romania.
He’s bringing a backpack and a tent to Kathmandu because he does not know what conditions he’ll find.
The city’s airport was closed Saturday. He has a daylong layover in Dubai that could he could extend if Kathmandu’s airport stays inaccessible.
Scott had been planning to connect with a colleague for a course run by the Union University of California, an online Christian college.
His colleague leading the course was unharmed by the earthquake. He encouraged Scott to “come on in and try to get here as soon as you can.”