Reflections from the Royal Stables

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Update from Nepal – Part 4

Kathmandu has returned to normal after the strike so the throngs of traffic have returned. Oddly enough there are rarely any real traffic jams. The traffic seems to keep flowing, narrowly missing each other all the time. Frost was reported outside Kathmandu very early on Wednesday morning, but apparently it only snows in the city itself about every 20 years or so.

The venue where this week’s seminars are held used to be royal stables. With the abolition of the monarchy in 2008, it has since become a cafe and conference venue. The main hall used for the seminars opens out on a sunny courtyard where we get tea or coffee at breaks and a self-service lunch of delicious Nepali food. An important feature is that it is wheelchair friendly with ramps allowing access to the hall. We can even use Powerpoint with the data projector.

We have enjoyed full attendance every day. They love coming and the team always get an enthusiastic reception with “Jaimassee” as the greeting. This means “Jesus is the Messiah”. This is said with hands pressed together in front of the chest. They also shake hands.

The participants are split fairly evenly between the genders. It is interesting to note that about six of the men would be middle-aged or older while only one of the women would be middle-aged. This is because the possibility of women in church leadership in Nepal is a recent development, with G, BK’s wife, being an excellent role model. She often preaches, prays or starts the worship. SD may well be in the minority in Nepal as a church that welcomes women in leadership.

Disability is viewed very unsympathetically in Nepal and the family of an able-bodied spouse will usually encourage them to get a divorce if their partner becomes disabled. Formal divorce is rare, abandonment is more common. This is where G is again an excellent role model because she did not abandon BK after his fall from a tree in 1984 in which he was paralysed from the waist down. It is sad to say that SD is probably one of the few churches in Nepal where the disabled are welcomed and cared for.

Alan Robinson is one of six team members on a CMSI META (Mission Experience Team Abroad) to Nepal. He has been posting regular updates from Kathmandu, which you can read here

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Jenny Christie said Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:41AM
Great updates, Alan. These are so encouraging to read back home and really help me to picture life there. Please send big hugs to the whole SD family and the team xo

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