Well, we have moved once again! The monsoons prevented us from working in Ularbari. The rice field was too wet to do any construction. We are now in Kathmandu at Mendie’s Haven Children’s Home. They have several projects they would like us to work on. We are anxious to get to work and accomplish something! The 14 hour ride made for a long day again yesterday, but we arrived safely about 9:30 p.m. We had two things happen that we would like to share with you. First, Prem, our host in Ularbari, shared an amazing story with us. He said a long time ago, his pastor had a dream that Prem would have a new house right where he built his last year. He also dreamed that the house would be covered with white people. All Prem’s church and neighbors knew about the pastor’s dream. They were all amazed when the dream came true and Prem’s house was filled with 23 white people from Teen Missions!
Yesterday, as we were traveling back to Kathmandu, we had only been on the road about two hours when we were stopped in the middle of a village by the Nepal Police. They said there was a strike and the roads would be closed for three hours. They made us pull to the side of the road and sit, along with all other vehicles traveling on the road. We got off the bus to rest in a shady spot and wait. Shannon decided that we should do a presentation for all the other people sitting and waiting. We had not even finished the second song, when the bus driver started yelling and honking his horn, telling us to get on the bus! The strike had ended in less than 5 minutes!! What an amazing God we serve! He answered a big prayer for us. We can only imagine how late we would have arrived if we would have had to wait three hours. God is so good!!!
We are all happy to be here at Mendie’s Haven. It is so pretty here! They are equally excited to have us here as well. This is where Hannah came on her team two years ago and John and Mary Ann’s mother came here on a team years ago, too! We are eagerly waiting for the children to get back from school today so we can get acquainted with them.
It was sad to leave our new friends in Ularbari. We had quite a gathering to tell us good-bye the night before we left. Taylor was a hit with all the kids. They called him “Justin Beiber!” I think it must be the hair! 🙂 We were able to do many presentations in the village and hope that we left a lasting impression of God’s love on these people. Please pray for the church in Nepal. One boy shared that he is the only Christian he knows of in his class. He longs for a friend that shares his faith. Many of the children want to trust in Jesus, but their parents forbid them to have Bibles or to go to church.
The past few nights we have heard testimonies from Helen, Josiah and Natalie as they shared in evening devotions. It is such a blessing to hear how God is working in their lives.
Continue to pray for good health for the team! We love you all!