Heaven on earth, in Nepal (14.08.08)

Wfteamnepal Posted by Team Ramro on Thu, 14 Aug 2008 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

One of the encouraging things from the last week in Kathmandu – a week spent largely around the hospital – has been the little snapshots of God’s transforming work amongst the Nepali people. Around 50 years ago, you could probably have counted the number of Nepali Christians on your fingers. But in recent days, there have been little glimpses of lives transformed by God’s love.

One of the senior sisters in Stephen’s ward is a Christian. She insisted that I bring his bible back to him after another nurse had banned it (she was banning all reading – it wasn’t just an anti-Christian measure). This Christian nurse told Stephen the other day that God was with him and not abandoned him. And last night, when Stephen couldn’t sleep, she sat with him and chatted for about an hour. She was able to be the friend and support that he needed as he prepared for his procedure.

There is also a hospital caretaker/cleaner who saw me reading the bible on Monday and spoke with me about it. He doesn’t speak any English and seems oblivious to the fact that I don’t understand his Nepali. Every time he sees me now he gives me a hearty “Jaimasie” (the Christian greeting) before emptying another bin.

And today, I got a lift home with a Christian taxi driver. A lovely man who was full of chat about the bible, church and the Christian faith.

Slowly, over the years, God has transformed many people here as he’s called them out of their former religious traditions and drawn them into a real relationship with him. And these young Christians are from all walks of life.

This morning, Stephen’s surgery went well, but he was a little short of breath during the procedure and they decided they would leave the second artery for another day. This was a big disappointment to Stephen, who just wants to get home.

Please give thanks today for the God who is transforming lives in Nepal and who is with Stephen during this difficult time.

Tomorrow,the team arrive back in Kathmandu. I am looking forward to seeing them and hearing all about their wee retreat and break in Pokhara.

That’s all for now. More tomorrow, I hope.