From home to home: returning to Nepal

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Fri, 12 Mar 2010 | 1 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

CMS Ireland Mission Partners Mark and Ali Gill recently returned to Nepal for the next chapter of their mission journey. After two decades living and working together on the roof of the world, Nepal is very much home for the Gills. Having previously spent many years in remote and rural areas, the past five have been spent working in Kathmandu, with CMS Ireland Global Partners Human Development Community Service (HDCS) and a local Nepali Church Fellowship.)

This next adventure will see the Gills continuing to work with HDCS, but being based in the far west of Nepal in Dadeldhura, at the hospital managed by HDCS.

Mark will be taking the lead in Construction Supervision for a significant development and extension of the hospital. He will also provide management input as a ‘counterpart’ to the hospital’s administrator.

With her background in midwifery and her vast experience as a ‘doula’, Ali will provide support at the hospital for women who are preparing for childbirth. She will also provide support and encouragement for teams and individuals who visit the hospital.

Mark and Ali will visit Dadeldhura next week, to meet their new colleagues and look for suitable housing. But they have plenty of things to keep them busy in Kathmandu for a few weeks. As they settle back into life in Nepal and catch up with many friends, they also have to sort out their belongings, clear their flat and meet with their colleagues at HDCS. They hope to make the move to Dadeldhura in mid-April.

On Sunday 28th February 2010, family, friends and supporters of the Gills gathered together in The Church of the Good Shepherd, Monkstown for a Commissioning Service. It was an evening filled with joy, celebration and thanksgiving. During their time on Home Assignment, the Gills have settled in the community of Monkstown and to this parish, getting involved in all aspects of church life: from tiling floors to house groups.

The service was led by Rev Arlene Moore and Rev Alan Lorimer, with participation from Clifford McSpadden, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CMS Ireland, and Gillian Maganda, Personnel Coordinator. Members of the congregation shared their personal reflections and messages of support for the Gills, as well as offering hopes and prayers for them as they return to Nepal. There were also special messages sent from Australia, from Mark and Ali’s children, Danny and Sarah Maya.

The sermon for this evening service was presented by Chris Gibson, a lay reader and parishioner of Mallusk Parish, who has known Mark and Ali for many years. He shared God’s promise that He will make our feet like that of deer, sure footed in high places. Very apt for Mission Partners bound for Nepal!

After greetings of “Jai Mashi!” (Praise the LORD!) and leading us in a Nepali worship song, Mark and Ali shared about their time in Ireland and gave the congregation a challenge: the Kingdom is here and is near! So we are all called to serve our God of mission, wherever we may be.

Please continue to pray for Mark and Ali, as they settle back in to life in Nepal and as they relocate to Dadeldhura: for safety, for a new home, for settling into new roles and new surroundings and for blessed times reconnecting with colleagues and friends.

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