Last night I began thinking; it has been quite a while since anyone back home has heard my perspective on
Leaving KTM and the Himalaya of Npl was very difficult for me. For the first time during our entire duration in
However, after recognizing that I was feeling homesick for my home in Npl, we decided it was time to really get to work in our new location to the South East (but still in the North portion of the South Asia region working with our same PG). We have been helping our good friends and M supervisors move into their house (as Brian has already stated), and it’s a different process than in
Animals and Culture of
There are many things to adjust to in
Arriving into a new town – and the work we did there.
After eating Domino’s for the first time in 6 months in a big city south of us, and meeting a brother from a neighboring country where no one from our company is working currently due to visa issues, we arranged time to head north to a restricted state. Very few tourists travel into this area, so as is normally the case, we got treated as if we were famous. By this, I mean we could not so much as come out of room without people standing around outside our door waiting to talk to us. They love that we know their language here (even though the dialect is like a Southern American talking to a British or maybe even a little more extreme). But regardless, we had friends waiting for us and following us wherever we went.
On Tuesday, we arrived from the 6 hour jeep ride. We arrived late because our jeep was broken for the first hour, and they had to fix it. However, we arrived and checked into our hotel. The hotel didn’t last long however, as the brother we were working with decided to move us into his house right away. We stayed with their family, avoiding the frog that liked to live in the bathroom outside our room. With us we brought 30 copies of the Good Book in their language, and 10 in English.
On Wednesday, we went around to do initial research for the M’s and were able to share our Father’s story and our story with about 30-45 people. We spent time learning about them, their pol. situations and their family structures. We learned about their PG divisions and worldviews. We gave out about 10 Books, and invited them to come see a film and to our Family meeting that night. That night, Brian spoke about the Samaritan woman and encouraged the new brothers and sisters. The room (normally about 10 people) was full with about 30 there that night. One man was requesting to be dunked, and others were all very encouraged by our presence. But the biggest blessing of the night as being able to distribute gifts. In the room, (besides the Books we distributed earlier in the day), there were only 2 Books that people owned before we arrived. We were able to give every new brother and sister a Book, which they received with such gratitude.
Our national partner’s wife told us later that evening that she had been yarping for Books just this Sunday, and claiming Mt 7:7 as a promise. She said that she was so encouraged, and told us all about her life story through tears. We yarped over her and her family that night. (As we also yarped for the food we ate pork that was still bloody…)
Over the next couple days, things were about the same. We traveled to 2 villages near the capital and interviewed 20-25 people each day, sharing the Story wherever we went. On Saturday however, we traveled to the West, expecting to be based in the city. Instead, we had to hike about half an hour down a mossy hill to get to our location. Brian wasn’t feeling well, and we soon discovered the amoebas were back. After yarping, and encouraging the group of brothers and sisters, we made a quick diagnosis, and hiked back up the hill to get to a doctor. Now this may sound easy, but don’t be deceived. The walk up the hill was steep and slippery. Brian’s stomach was in pain, and the only way out was up. As we were hiking up, it began to rain, and soon, the monsoon season presented its face again. Already drenched with sweat in 90-100 degree weather, the rains came pouring down. Refreshing, and discouraging at the same time. My heart was racing (as my family know is normal), so I just counted it as a good strong workout. When we got to the hospital, the entire building smelled strongly of urine. The nurse came, asked Brian some questions, and prescribed some medication with no real physical evaluation. Since antibiotics were prescribed however, we simply filled the prescription and stayed in a hotel for the night. The next day we returned back down to a city near home where we are helping to now find language teachers for future workers and other logistical stuff that might bore you.
While our time was cut short, we know that our Father’s purpose was still accomplished as we met together with brothers and sisters and shared with those who have literally never heard His name before! We challenged our brothers and sisters to tell others their story, and to overcome addictions such as alcoholism. About 100 people heard Hope offered and some believed – though how many we do not know.
The Harvest here is white, but the workers truly are few.
- Thank our Father for the experience that we had over the past week.
- Thank Him for keeping Brian safe during his illness in the village.
- Yarp that those who received the seed will receive it as good soil.
- Yarp for the new believers to become sharpened as a sickle for the field, ready to harvest new Brothers and sisters
- Yarp for them to be encouraged by their own brothers and sisters
- Yarp for supplies to be brought to them like the Good Book.
- Yarp for them to remain faithful through difficulty and hardship. These new brothers and sisters are being trained to go back out to their own village to work in the field to harvest new brothers and sisters as well. In the process, many face hardship, and are sometimes beaten or ostracized by family and friends.
- Yarp for those here struggling with alcohol addiction. Many, many struggle with this here. The enemy has his stronghold here. Please yarp for those trying to overcome to be perseverant and comforted by our Father’s strength.
- Yarp for us – we only have a little over two weeks left until we come home, and a busy time planned. We are doing a
- In this state that we went to, foreigners are only allowed in for 2 weeks every 3 months. The brothers are requesting a training soon, so please yarp this is possible for them.
Right now we are also really evaluating the work we did over the past 6-7 months and how it could have been done better and CPM methodology. Please yarp for us to have wisdom as we are considering how to better do this work in the future.