Same, same...but different

Sarah_hutchinson Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 28 Apr 2009 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Summer is approaching: temperatures are high, school uniforms have changed, mosquitoes are in biting form, and load shedding has gone down to 12 hours a day. Same as home, but different! (And much much warmer!).

Over Easter , I went trekking in the Annapurna region for five days (don’t be too impressed – it was at a leisurely pace – though a LOT of steps!) and visited Chitwan National Park in the South of Nepal. It was an amazing adventure..but very strange to go from snow to jungle in the space of a few days! On Good Friday I was enjoying a nice cuppa at 3200m on Poon Hill surrounded by snow, a lot of tourist/trek people and the most magnificent views of the mountains…What a way to be reminded of the majesty and power of our LORD when he humbled himself for us! On Easter Sunday, it was the final leg of our trek and in the Gurung village of Ghandruk, we shared communion of ginger tea and chapatti. Same blessing and joy, but a little different.

It is hard to believe that four months have gone already…and home is on the horizon. I am sure that this will bring mixed emotions of leaving and returning. Over the past few months, I have been blessed with wonderful friends, amazing fellowships through bible study and conversations and now feel part of church here. So as hard as it was to settle in, it is going to be even harder to say goodbye to the brothers and sisters I have met here, the way of life and a place where God has been so real to me. This also means that it is time for me to start reflecting on my experiences here… am I the same, but different? And will friends and family at home notice? How will I convey my time here to others in a real way? How do I use my experiences here when I return to Ireland? So there is a lot to think about and process.

But there is still a month to go and I pray that I will be open to all that God has in store for me!! This will be a busy few months as I finish off work in HDCS in time for different staff members travelling the nepal..and the world.

Some prayer points would be:

 Pray as I finish the work in HDCS this month and that there will be someone to carry it on.
 Pray for God’s protection, that as home approaches that that thought will be a strength and a joy, and not be a cause of sadness or impatience.
 Pray for health – for upset tummies and coping in the heat.
 Pray for visas – as I renew my tourist visa for the last time and I apply for an Indian visa for my stop over on the way home.

Thank you for all your prayers! And for reading these blogs!

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