“Dripping wet” news from Nepal (it has rained every day)
Nepal is bustling with activity at all times and so it seems with our team. There is always something to be doing and the team is always ready to ask, “what else can I do?” I continue to be amazed at the caliber and maturity of the teenagers that we have on our team and am thankful for how our Lord has put this team together. We are aware as leaders that this team is our “mission” and we have encouraged them to give it their all and to go home with no regrets. As a team we have torn down some old walls and foundations and then excavated out an area of about 140 square feet to a depth of 2 feet with wheelbarrows, pickaxes, spud bar and shovels. This has been done in a very confined space that could only be done with these tools, with no equipment even being able to get into the tight places. Because of this, we are all thankful for the training that we received at Boot Camp as it has come in handy. We were able to complete setup for the foundation “cap” today and will plan to pour it tomorrow. Mr.O and I have continued to make plans for what we consider the best way to do our project here, only to learn that our ways are not the “Nepali way”. This has led to humility on our part and at sometimes we are left scratching our head and wondering “who is in charge?” We laugh about this at least once a day, as our plans continue to change after we have laid out the best of plans. This reminds me of how grateful I am for Mr.O and how he has been such a great fit for Michelle and I as an assistant leader. Both he and Rachel have given of themselves tremendously and we realize how valuable it has been to pray for great leaders to assist us long before we met them.
Today was a rainy day and we worked in spite of all of the rain. We have been able to tie up large tarpaulins to help the work to progress and it has been interesting how we have learned to work in non-normal conditions.
In addition to the construction, we always have a group that is making briquettes of cardboard. This is an interesting process that some in Nepal use for cooking. Due to a blockade of fuel and propane from India, the country has had to deal with a major shortage of cooking gas. Can you imagine a children’s home with 40 people living here and needing to feed them with no cooking gas? (Electricity is expensive). So these little briquettes are made in a little hand press with cardboard that is shredded by hand and then wetted into a “soup.” After they are sun dried for about 3 weeks, they can be stored for a long time and used in an emergency or as needed.I will close for now. Have a great day.
“So built we the wall, and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof, for the people had a mind to work.” Nehemiah 4:6
As we grow weary, this has been the main verse on my mind. I have kept it on my heart all throughout brick laying, concrete pouring, rebar tying, mortar mixing, cardboard ripping, and the knocking down of walls. It’s been hard, but we prevail, and we are working as a team. One of the main lessons that I’ve taken from the building portion of this trip, is that God is breaking us down like we broke the wall. But then, He will build us into something even more beautiful. In other news, we are all doing a single devotion a night, going in countoff order. We have got a list of verses that we are going through, with the topics, I am Accepted, I am Secure, and I am Significant. Tomorrow night is my turn, and I am doing mine on Romans 8:35-39, which says that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. And I believe that with all of my heart. As far as market day goes, we go to church in the early morning, and we listen to translators and praise the Lord. Then, we’re off the Thamal market place to barter for Gurkha knives, pashmina shawls, singing bowls, elephant pants, and much, much more. I, personally, have found that I am quite good at bartering. At one point, I got a thirty dollar item down to five dollars. In Rupees, of course. After the Saturday shopping is over, we get back into our big yellow bus and we went to the Kathmandu monkey temple. There, I got to feed the monkeys some coconut. LOVE YOU Arianne E.
Oh Hey there, Nepal has been pretty swell so far. Our days have been pretty packed with building the bathrooms. Every day we wake up at 5:30 (recently it’s 6 because kids are on a week vacation after exams ) and start the day off by singing with the kids. After that it’s work until 4 with breaks in-between that include meals, morning devos, and somedays required reading. (Apparently some people don’t like to read in their free time, weird eh?) The rest of the day we have bath and laundry (really missing my laundry machine aka mom), dinner and then evening devos with the team. Lights out at 9:30 is usually stretched a little as me and my three tent mates usually can’t stop laughing. Erin would love it here. It rains almost every single day. Alot. The view from the roof of the children’s home is amazing, especially when the clouds are clear enough to see the snowy peaks of the mountains off in the distance, or at night when the lights of Kathmandu are scattered before us. Every morning we are woken up to a combination of bells, dogs, honking, roosters, and Mr. Beaver’s southern drawl as he says “Rise and shine this is the day that the Lord has made.”
To sum it up, Nepal is amazing and I’m having a great time. I’ve made some pretty cool friends, the kids are adorable, my leaders seem to know what they’re doing, and the food is really good, though I am missing dad’s grill work and Mom’s Potatoes. Miss ya fam. Jesse B
Namaste, ya’ll! (Hey ya’ll!) Nepal is amazing! Our project is going very well. It’s so cool to see it growing closer to completion every day. I’m having soo much fun!
I miss all my family, though. Love ya’ll! The children here are sooo sweet! We play games with them every night after supper. I’ll definitely miss them when we leave. I do my personal devotions on the roof every morning and we have our team devotions on the roof every night and the view from up there is AMAZING!!!!!On clear days, you can see the snowy Himalayan Mountains. It’s beautiful!
Here, church is on Saturday. The church we went to was so cool! We couldn’t understand a word they were saying, but we could just feel the Spirit moving throughout the whole service. This Saturday we went to the Monkey Temple, followed by a whole afternoon of shopping at the market. It was so cool to experience the Nepali culture. Although I love Nepal, I can’t wait to get home and share what God has done this summer. Love and miss all ya’ll! Whitnie Noelle