Visits, visits, visits...

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Fri, 26 Nov 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It has been a busy week this week. We had the visit of 4 representatives from one of our major donors from Germany. There had been some misunderstandings in some communication and they had come to verify our work. Their visit went very well and they left happy knowing that things are progressing with good plans made for the work here.

Accountability is always an issue that people can struggle with, but it is a good thing, and indeed necessary when professional responsibilities are involved. I was reminded on this today in my Bible reading notes (1 Kings 5:2-12) were Solomon was communicating with a neighbouring King, Hiram, and through negotiation had agreed a supply contract for wood along with some ‘technology transfer’ (as they say in the development sector these days) – the Sidonian carpenters were going to teach the Hebrews carpentry skills.

Now there are two things here: one we can see the accountable relationship between the two Kings in their reporting to each other and; perhaps we could say that Jesus learnt his carpentry skills from his father Joseph and going all the way back to the Sidonians who were invited by Solomon to come and teach his people. So the wisdom of Solomon played a direct part in the skills that Jesus picked up in his Father’s workshop.

This long term view has been one we have appreciated over our years here in Nepal. Seeds of faith and hope planted years ago, coming to fruition in a way only God can have planned and used for his Kingdom.

We had a second group of visitors from St Patrick’s in Ballymena, the Rev Canon Stuart Lloyd and Ian McKay, both of whom had been out here in Nepal before (Others, Jane Lloyd, Cheryl Sinclair and Rachel Brew, from the group stayed in Kathmandu working with street kids).

During the early evening, we all took a walk up to the top of our hill, about 300 feet up. But that 300 feet is enough usually to get you high enough to see a tremendous panorama of Himalaya for maybe 300km from Nepal all the way over into India. The view of the ‘green’ himal was indeed great, but the snow caps remained in the clouds. It was the only 2 days in the last month when it has been cloudy and they had to come when Stuart and Ian were here, along with the Donor team.

Well we walked along the ridge to the Hill Fort, a tremendous elliptical shaped stucture, in plan, perched atop the hill now named Amargadhi, after Amar Bahadur Thapa who was the Captain of the guard defending Nepal against the British Raj in 1815 A.D. He and his men survived many attacks and indeed were only defeated when the British Troops cut off their water supply: but the Nepali troops held firm to the last, martyred for the country they loved. As a result of this and other brave stand-offs by Nepali forces, a peace treaty was made, land was exchanged (Nepal is about two-thirds the size today as it was pre-1815) with large tracts subsuming to British rule to both the east and west of Nepal and of course that was the start of the Gurkha regiments, now part of the British and Indian Armies.

So we enjoyed the local history. As we returned home, we came to the church and shared its 40 year history in this area. They are currently extending the church and have come to the end of their funding with some finishing works left to do. There is talk of using part of the building for a youth centre as it is close to many schools, thus would be a good place of outreach.

On Saturday last, we left Stuart and Ian to the airport for their return journey and also the DHM team. We also attended the engagement party of SP Kalaunee, our HDCS Acting Executive Director to Dr Arpana Singha. It was a really nice time down in Nepalgunj and the happy couple indeed looked very happy!

We had planned our return journey today, Sunday, but when we got there, we found out a general transport strike had been called for today. So we left directly after the party to return to Dadeldhura, an 8 hr drive, and we got here at 5ish this morning…glad to get to bed for a few hours.

Must go and catch some of the nice warm sunshine outside as we eat lunch…

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