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Waiting on the Lord for a word can be a process that takes time. While waiting for a word for yesterday's meeting with the young adults as we each focused we each received something to share. We were tired but knew that we had come here for this and other important meetings to impart from our hearts. Part of it was our fatigue from having been on a flight all night for over 14 hours and rising early the next day to say our goodbyes to Jesse and Christa and Subodh as they headed to Ferozabad with Sakshi and Katherine. Sorry that I didn't get a lot of photos when they were with us, but there are more coming.
Nepal is much the same as it was last year when we were here, but there are differences as well. Each of the young adults is now a year older and their points of views and references have developed more.
We arrived in India on October 9th, 2009. We were re-united at the airport in Delhi with Jesse and Christa Willits and Devon Peters who all arrived on the same flight from Amsterdam. Neither Devon nor Christa have been to India before so the fun part was seeing the expressions on Devon's face as he reacted to the wild driving on the streets of Delhi India. It was pretty funny especially as he pointed with his finger at the driver. We spent the night in India and then after a time of prayers and breakfast in the morning we left for the airport to get to Nepal.
Jesse and Christa headed out to Ferozabad while the 3 of us boarded our flight for Kathmandu Nepal.
I looked out of the window of the plane as we headed north to Kathmandu and could not believe my eyes. We were flying at 38K miles above the earth and there were mountain peaks that were reaching up nearly as high as we were flying!
Lots of incredible views and many of them you will see here. I will try to make as many as I can for you to see. The scarves and saris are beautiful. We arrived in Nepal after India about 6 days into the Festival of Dashain. We were amazed at the number of goats being readied, sold and purchased for the big day of sacrifice to the goddess Durga or Kali.
From left to right and top to bottom:
This is me in Kathmandu with a Pashmina vendor who everyone loves to visit when they go to Nepal... Next is the table full of our friends who live in Nepal and love the people there... Cows are everywhere, so I had to take that photo of one running alongside the car we were in, on the road, and headed in the same direction with other cars. LOL... Two views of Nepal from high atop a very mountainous region, I can't say where here, but it captures the beauty of the Himalayas for sure.... However, the beauty of the Himalayas is mostly in its people. Aren't they lovely!
People in Nepal
A new government is in Nepal and now for the first time Christianity can be practiced openly. We pray that this will cause exponential growth as the Good News spreads throughout all of Asia rapidly.
Last year my husband and I had been invited by our friends in Nepal to come and assist with a family camp as camps are rather important and regular events in Nepal. As a matter of fact there is usually 1 camp per day somewhere in Nepal throughout the year. This year another team went to do what we did last year. We will leave on October 8th for India and then on to Nepal for a time of visiting to teach, encourage and evaluate the continuing work that we support.
At the family camp, there are young girls, women, with or without children, men, and children who have been rescued from all sorts of horrible things. Were it not for some faithful people (our friends), there would be little hope for them. I cannot give their identity to you because there is always a possibility that they could be in danger. No matter what, I ask that you will join me in praying for them that God would continue to allow our friends access to this country consistently, and that they would feel free of worry about having to leave their work and the people that they pour into, the love of God. They are more than foreign aid workers...they are the hands and feet of God to a nation that needs them...and I want to be counted among their number.
Music IS in the ears and/or hearts of everyone around the world and who would have thought that one of our friends, a former music exec would be using his music talents and knowledge to further the work of the Lord through it.
These 4 men are musicians who are collaborating on Christian music ~ Nepali style. This is a genre that will reach hopefully even the most rigid non-Christian in Nepal.
Please join me in praying for all of these men and women as for the first time I will have the opportunity to speak into their lives.