Reunions, snapshots and Saturday church

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Update from Nepal – Part 6

On Friday afternoon we paid a brief visit to HDCS (Human Development and Community Services) and its ABBS project. HDCS has many projects, such as rural hospitals, radio stations for health, education and Christian teaching, and education for the disabled and for the children of mission partners working in the region (Kathmandu International Study Centre – KISC). HDCS has had links with CMSI for many years. We were shown around by Kapil, one of the senior staff. We were shown one of their FM radio transmitters that fits in a suitcase.

Bill and Nevin renewed old friendships with staff they met on their visit with CMSI in 2011, when their team painted many of the classrooms in ABBS. This is the school for children who are disabled mentally, physically or both. Although only a few children were present when we called, the love and care for them was very evident.

Kathmandu sights…
The record so far for people on one motorbike is four. We are eagerly searching for five. Crash helmets are treated as optional. Bicycles with impossible loads being pushed uphill. Women washing clothes in the river. Table tennis played on an outdoor concrete table. Three-wheel taxis with up to ten people on board moving slowly because of their tiny engines. Women in saris and men in colourful Nepali hats. These are a few of my favourite things!

Rain is rare at this time of year so everywhere is dusty, particularly the many unmade roads. Pollution is a problem because, despite its 4500 feet elevation, Kathmandu is in a bowl.

Going to SD church on Saturday is a joy. As you approach, you are greeted with “Jaimassee” and hand clasps. Everyone is so welcoming. You shake hands with people with missing digits because of previous leprosy. The service begins a little before the 10.30 start time with BK praying and many joining in. P, who is a music teacher, leads worship accompanied by keyboard, drum and four young singers who surround a microphone hanging from the ceiling. About half way through B begins to lead the worship. We sing for over an hour. And it isn’t too long. I understand very few words but the love of Jesus is universal and infectious.

Then we have a bible reading, some prayer, and then Nevin gives a short testimony of how he came to faith and of how God miraculously healed his heart after suffering a heart attack. Very encouraging for the many folks here with serious medical problems. Then John comes up to introduce a drama about forgiveness. This involves Eleanor, Peter, Nevin, some rope and a four foot high cross (if you want to get some funny looks, try carrying one of those through Kathmandu). It was entirely mime so it was understandable in any language. After this, Bill preached and, as last week, was warmly received. Again we were asked to pray for some folks.

We were not the only Westerners this week as two young women working with Operation Mobilisation had managed to find the church. One was Swiss and the other Russian. More evidence of the global village we live in.

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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