Happy Mothers, Dangerous Roads and Buffalo Rides

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Update from Nepal – Part 8

Sunday saw us drive and walk to the Leprosy Colony church, past the ducks in the streets, the back-breaking toil in the fields and over Carrick-a-Rede’s big brother again. The welcome again is so warm here. Everyone is so pleased that we have come. Worship is heart-felt and real and a joy to witness. John preached on Psalm 23 and P translated very well. It was a message of hope and encouragement. Bill also spoke, saying what a joy it was to be with them again.

I was sitting on the floor beside a young girl, who looked about 12 years old, with a baby. I assumed she was the older sister but it transpired that she was the child’s mother. She was 17 and her baby was 16 months old. She was so happy with her baby and obviously a very loving mother.

After the service and lunch, we began the six-hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. A retreat for the team is a good idea to help us process all we have experienced, so we go there for three nights. Much of the way there is a hill on our left and a very large drop on our right. But, as Nepalis drive on the left as we do, this meant that we were on the side away from the drop. As we were on the main road from Kathmandu to the west of the country, it was very busy. Overtaking has to be experienced. As there are few straight stretches, drivers just overtake on bends. By every driver being willing to brake and no-one getting annoyed when they have to, accidents are avoided. It is a great way to encourage prayer!

B has got us a great deal in a good hotel, which is very welcome after the more basic accommodation in Kathmandu. Pokhara is popular with tourists as it has a beautiful setting on a lake with views of Himalayan peaks in the distance. It is also a great place for the team to buy souvenirs. Rest and refreshment are hard to beat.

A strike has been called for today so the shops are all shut. The blessing is that the hotel still functions as normal.

No goats’ heads here but we have found live water buffalo on the path by the lake. Apparently, we could even pay to ride one along the lakeside. This country is full of surprises.

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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