Good Morning! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! We woke up this morning to a soft rain and mild temperatures. Our team does a great job getting up at 5:30 to Mr. Beaver’s call. We have been starting work at 6 am and breaking for breakfast at 7:00 – 7:30. I have to compliment you parents for raising some great teenagers. They are behaving very responsibly and we are proud of them. I will put your minds at rest and report that all are healthy and well! We have had a few cases of headaches, some banged up fingers and hands, bug bites and 3 cases of nausea. As of this moment all are working hard and I’m sure working up a good appetite for lunch! Every day I select 3 team members for K.P., it works out to be one guy and two girls. They are a joy to have in the kitchen! We have so much fun and work very hard. They come together and have ideas of what to cook, it is always something different. While we are in the kitchen the interaction with the children of Mendies Haven is good. We cook together, they ask us questions and we ask them. This is giving everyone a chance for a closer understanding of their lives here. The children here are amazing, so happy from the inside out, grateful for what they have, diligent in their school (they get dressed in uniform and ride a bus to school every morning). Our evenings are nice because we get to interact with the children in the middle of the Haven, basketball is a favorite, Mr. Beaver brought some lassos to teach them how to use, jumping rope, singing…and at the end of the day our team has “Evening Team Devotions” and the children here go to their study room for homework. When we go to bed our tent site overlooks the city of Kathmandu. The lights are beautiful. The airport if visible from where we are yet so far away! Your kids will always remember the many airplanes that fly directly over us approximately 20 times a day to land at the airport. We have an understanding that whatever you are saying-you pause about 30 seconds- then finish. We can’t hear each other over the sound of the planes!
We are leading the team to dig down deep into their spirit and give all they have to the Lord. They are being stretched and emptied of themselves. Working this close to one another day after day is a challenge. We have many personalities to deal with. One of our devotions was on the body of Christ, how we are many different parts yet all the same body. We are learning to appreciate each other, forgive often, not take offense easily and choose JOY!
Here are a few words from some of our team members…
Hello from Nepal!
We have been working hard here at Mendies Haven! Many of us are grateful to finally be settling into the routine of having an assigned project. I enjoy when we get to work alongside the Nepali children. They are eager to help! We are so blessed by them! One of my favorite parts of the day is joining the children for songs and prayer bright and early in the morning. Even though I may still be half-asleep, I am filled with joy at the sound of their singing. I have seen that praising the Lord spans across generations and nations. Worshipping Christ together truly unites us. Both team devotions and personal devotions have been enriched by the view of God’s creation from the rooftops. I just love seeing the beauty of the mountains and trees as I dig into the Word. I am so thankful for our time of team devotions. I think our eyes were opened as a team when we visited a Nepali church. I was refreshed by gathering and worshipping with the Nepali people. We received a warm and genuine welcome into their small, beautiful church. Even though we didn’t speak the same language- we connected through worshipping the same God. Please be in prayer for these sweet people, the nation of Nepal, and our team. Thank you so much for your support and prayers! I could not be living out this experience without you! -Abby T.
Hey there, Nepal is an amazing experience, even though it is a third world country, it is very beautiful here. I feel like I have taken the best pictures of my life here in Nepal. Mendies Haven is a very cool children’s home. All the kids here are eager to be your friend and I don’t think I will ever forget them. All the kids are super nice and they love to play outside. A couple of the boys are super good at basketball. Even though the kids are pretty small in height they will still beat the living daylights out of me. I just love how they do not leave anyone out. In the morning when the kids sing, if the kids see me, the kids always wave to me to try to come in and I love worshiping with them. The other day we went to church. We all went up the front and squeezed into the crowd and sat on the floor. The church service is in Nepali so we got the devices with head phones in them that translated whatever they were saying. It was an amazing experience that whatever church you go to they are basically the same and the people are the same and always accepting you. After church we went to the market and went shopping. I got a bunch of gifts for my family and got a knife for myself. We then went to the restaurant. I ordered a cheese burger and was surprised how cheap it was. I only had to pay $3 for a burger and fries. The work project is pretty tough; we have to put in new showers and toilets. We have to make the foundation first and it was hard trying to dig dirt that is full of clay and old bricks. Right now we have a brick layer putting in bricks for us. I thank all of you for your support and I hope you keep on praying for me. -Jacob S.
Hi! Coming to Nepal was fun I got to meet people that were here last year, but am also sad that some are gone also the work site differs from the one last year but we r making the bathrooms bigger there were 3 toilets and 2 showers but in a couple weeks there will be 4 toilets and 4 showers I have watched the brick layer and I have noticed that here in a 3rd world country they are a bit less precise then I would like it to be but they are just trying it get it done fast. I have been working on bricks mostly cant wait to get home. -Isaac c.
Goodbye for now friends and family. Thank you for reading this, for caring about us, for praying us through this mission trip and sharing with others what is going on this summer. We need the Lord’s constant wisdom and protection. We have so many decisions to make every day. Also, the enemy is waiting for opportunities to come into our camp. We need the Holy Spirit to fall fresh on us each day.
Love, Mrs. Yoder