Worship, Wives and Woolly Hats

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Update from Nepal – Part 5

The seminars are now over and the last day (Thursday) was wonderful. The Nepali folks are so friendly to us with much “Jaimassee”, hand shaking and hugs. Their worship was even more enthusiastic and, despite the language difference, it was a joy to join in and praise the God we all worship. A favourite refrain is “Dhanyabad Yesu”, which means Thank you Jesus. And there has been much to give thanks for.

We gave three talks today. And there were many questions afterwards, some of which were very challenging. A good one was about a man coming to faith who has more than one wife. John was invaluable here as he had met the same situation in Africa. The best advice seems to be that the man should live with one woman as his wife but continue to support and provide for the other(s).

At the last session we had the privilege of praying for each person personally. After that, we were presented with gifts from our hosts. The men got Nepali hats and Nepali metal water jugs. Eleanor got a beautiful scarf. Then it was outside for a group photo.

On Friday we walked over to SDSS building and went up on the flat roof in the sun to meet several of those currently staying here. We had brought balloons and small toys. These were very well received by the children. We also gave out woollen hats knitted by ladies in N. Ireland in both children and adult sizes. As I write this, I am being watched by a bright little girl wearing one of them. These were much appreciated because at this time of year the temperature drops from about 17C in the bright sunshine to 2C or 3C at night. (Aside – two buzzards circle reflected on my screen. Had to move into the shade because the iPad is burning my fingers! This isn’t Coleraine!)

We have just had the pleasure of praying for three children who are about to have surgery. One was a boy of 17 who was the size of a 12 year old because of his heart condition. He will need major surgery.

B told us that, while the average stay here is about a month, the average patient will need four treatments. He estimates that it is on their third visit that patients and carers become Christians. They try to connect them with churches in their village, avoiding the many cults. If there is no suitable church, they help them to start their own.

Regular readers of these updates will be interested to hear that ’Goat’s Head 2’ has just been released at our local butchers.

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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Rhonda Moroney said Sat, 17 Jan 2015 07:50PM
Greetings to you all. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blogs and they have given a very clear picture of what you have been up to and how to continue to pray for you all. Not so sure about the goats head 1 or 2 and the 'bridge'. Thank you for 'blogging'. Rhonda

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