Time is marching on....

Sarah_hutchinson Posted by Sarah Caughey on Fri, 20 Mar 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

So here I am, typing away to you all while glancing at my watch to note how much longer the power is on for adn thinking if there is anything I need to charge up. Normal. Bought some fruit yesterday, brought it home, put it in iodine water to soak for 20 mins before eating it.Normal. On the walk to work, I sometimes see a goat zooming along the ring road atop of a bus. Normal. Tea with tooth aching amounts of sugar. Normal (and delicious!).

I am so grateful for the presence of the Holy Spirit that i have felt since my first night here in Nepal – the LORD has put me at ease, has given me a sense of peace here, held me up and supported me, provided me with friends, surrogate families and fellowship. But as odd as it sounds, am I creating a “comfort zone” for myself? Has the new of Kathmandu become too normal? Two sundays ago at church, the sermon was based on the verses in John about God calling us to live life to the full and it has really stayed with me. God has not called us to just exist here…wherever that ‘here’ may be! Coming to Nepal was a big step for me…I stepped out of a comfort zone…but that is just one step. It has been my prayer this month that I live every day to the full in the LORD, that every day I have is lived in faith and through his strength. And being thankful for everything God has done, big and small, in my daily life. That I would be open to his will every day, even if it is out of my comfort zone. So as much as I am grateful for that god given sense of being at home…pray that I do not become complacent during my time here especially.

We are giving thanks for the little bit of rain that fell during this week…but much more is needed for electricity, for crops, for water supplies. For me, it was great to have that “rain smell” on wednesday – felt right at home!

Holi..the hindu festival of colour..involving water balloons and coloured day passed quite peacefully and we were so thankful for an unexplained WHOLEDAY of power when we were keeping to the safety of indoors!

March has also been the month of post! I received not one but three packages from home AND a letter!! One came with some visitors to nepal carrying precious cargo of summer trousers,ipod speakers, perfume, hair pins, gaviscon and percy pigs!! Then came more perfume…and more pigs!! THEN came girly fluff magazines. I am quite spoilt! (the perfumes also came in bubblewrap…very exciting!) I have found the place to do posting so dispatched some news to home after a lovely somewhat Jane Austen-esque evening of writing letters by candlelight…I just need to get a wax seal to complete the experience!

I also want to thank the CMSI friends Jane and Rory who were visiting Kathmandu and treated me to a lovely dinner and excellent company!

Thank you again for you all your support and prayers!

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together..but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10v 23-26.

Grace and Peace

Sarah

(and all just before the power went!!!)