The Third Annual Hilly Regional Youth Conference

35580008 Posted by Mark Gill on Thu, 11 Nov 2010 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

The Far West Region of Nepal has 7 ‘Hilly’ districts and 1 ‘non-hilly’ district. While the non-hilly district, Kanchanpur, is certainly as flat as the proverbial pancake, the hills can go up to 10,000 feet, and in the north of course, to 22,000 feet. The church started about 40 years ago out here and since, it has grown steadily.

For the last three years, all the churches have got together to have a youth rally and this year it was held in one of the main towns in a neighbouring district to us in Dadeldhura. It is only 60km away, but a 2 hour journey with all the twists and turns along the way as the road travels down to the Seti River. It is all rather picturesque.

250+ youth turned up for the conference from all over the region, so it was a great representation of the churches in the area. They spent three days together, studying God’s word, in worship and fellowship, in prayer and in praise. It was a joy to see and be part of. Mark took one of the morning sessions, speaking from Isaiah 40 and Psalm 103 about our relationship with God, how Isaiah challenged his listeners about complaining against each other and God, when he is so marvellous and just wants to share his love. We had a few games along the way to replicate “stumbling and falling”, and flying as eagles, so it was (hopefully) a fun learning time.

After the session, we had our Dal Bhat, huge pots of rice, lentils and goat curry to feed the masses gathered there, it was rather nice. They had made it with Ghuu (vegetable lard) which is a very special treat. It had that distinctive farmyard flavour!

On the way back up the hill, we were reminded of the tragedies on Nepali roads as we came to an accident where a jeep had overturned. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, but 9 people were brought up to our Hospital for treatment.

So we returned to the top of our hill, Tufan danda – Windy Hill – encouraged that the Kingdom of God is here and is growing.

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