Nepal

Work Begins at St. Devi’s

May 20, 2015

Praise God that we have collected enough money to begin repairs, starting with the most pressing matters and as more money is collected, we will complete the work. The Nepali government has ordered a country wide mandatory school closing for 15 days so every school can […]

By |May 20th, 2015|Nepal|0 Comments|

Nepal Earthquake Update: Donations needed for repairs!

Due to the recent earthquake in Nepal, our home there is in need of repair. If you feel led to donate toward our home in Nepal, please use the PayPal button below and specify “Nepal Earthquake Repair” where it says “Add special instructions to the seller” during checkout. Thank […]

By |April 28th, 2015|Nepal|0 Comments|

Changes in Nepal

January 29, 2015
Every time I travel to Nepal, I see changes.  This is a country on the move; a country
trying to break into the 21st century and many of the citizens are working for
improvement.  My last visit was 10 months ago.  In that short period of time the
main roads around the city, from the airport, and into the main business districts,
have been widened.  The potholes have been filled and the rubbish hauled away.
Nepal has been notorious for it’s piles of trash and waste filling the streets and
storm drains, and now, trash is the exception rather than the rule!

I haven’t seen any cows since my return.  That may sound like a peculiar statement
but in the Hindu religion cows are sacred.  The roads in Nepal have always had an
abundance of roaming or sleeping cows – animals with no fear of cars or awareness
that moving vehicles had to dodge them at every turn.  I don’t know where the cows
are kept these days, but they no longer have the right‐of‐way on the city streets!

Besides trash and cows, there is another thing that is blatantly missing – street
children and beggars.  Both of these disadvantaged people groups have previously
held center stage in the city and outlying areas around Kathmandu.  They were
impossible to miss.  Small groups of dirty, homeless children would be clustered on
street corners, outside of hotels and restaurants, and knocking on taxi windows
with the more assertive ones asking for a handout.  Tattered beggars, mostly people
with physical deformities, were prevalent around town as well.  Today there isn’t a
one to be found.  I’ve been told the government has herded them away somewhere
so they won’t be seen.  Tourists and nationals alike felt uncomfortable being
exposed to such ‘undesirables’.  A first time tourist could visit Kathmandu and not
see or comprehend the real poverty, the real story of this country.   Progress is good,
but I hope that as Christians we aren’t covering our eyes or hiding from the needs of
others.

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and
with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: you shall love your
neighbor as yourself.  There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30, 31

By |February 2nd, 2015|Nepal|0 Comments|

Shristri’s Funeral

 

January 26, 2015
Pashupatinath is Nepal’s most sacred Hindu site.  Its temple to Lord Shiva, dating
back to 400AD, is regarded as the most sacred in the world. Pashupatinath rests on
the bank of the Bagmati River, which is considered holy by Hindus and Buddhists.
Today, on this spot, was a small knot of people, giving respect by attending a funeral
for a young girl named Shristri.

In Nepal, all people are cremated; no cemeteries dot the countryside.  According to
Hindu tradition, the dead must be dipped 3 times in the Bagmati River prior to
cremation.  The body is placed on a concrete pillar where wood is stacked in neat
formation, alternating direction with each layer to allow for air circulation.
Marigold flowers and petals are scattered liberally on the final layer of wood before
the chief mourner lights the funeral pyre. Hours later, the ashes are swept into the
river and the chief mourner takes a holy‐river‐bath for spiritual purity.
Shristri had a traditional Hindu funeral because she was from a Hindu nation but we
praise the Lord that she had learned the truth about God, salvation and death.  May
she be raised up from this earth when Jesus comes to gather His own!!

By |January 28th, 2015|Nepal|0 Comments|

Sponsors Needed at Devi’s!

 

We have new children at St. Devi’s Academy – praise God! Now we need sponsors for each one of them! Is God calling you to sponsor?

By |May 22nd, 2014|Nepal|0 Comments|

Gita’s Story

First of all, I am very thankful to my sponsor, Jan, as you helped me to change my life by giving me a quality and better education.  I always remember you in my prayers to the Lord.  I pray with the Lord for a good and long life for […]

By |April 21st, 2014|Nepal|0 Comments|

Praise God for Water!

Water is an issue in Kathmandu and India. In Kathmandu the wells run dry frequently, which is the case at St. Devi’s Academy. One of the attractions of Kalimpong, in the hill country of Northeast India, is water. But now, even in Kalimpong there is no water. It has […]

By |April 11th, 2014|India, Nepal|0 Comments|

The Plight of the Orphans by Jo Phelps

The child was frail and ragged that day
As she crouched down low to make her way.
The streets were typical of the seedy slums.
She leafed through the garbage for any little crumbs.
She dodged the puddles from the recent rain,
As she tried to forget her hunger pains.
Her clothes were dirty and […]

Life of an Unskilled Laborer

Many of our children have a parent(s) who is an ‘unskilled laborer’. People have told me that if a child has a parent(s), especially a working parent(s), then the child should not be in our home. Let me explain what ‘unskilled laborer’ means.

Many goods are piled precariously on 50 year […]

By |March 28th, 2014|India, Nepal|0 Comments|

Power Out

There has been no power for days. I found a coffee shop with both power and Internet access so I spent the past hour checking emails while charging my laptop.

On the walk back to my hotel I dodge cars, motorcycles, bicycles and hoards of people. I must be alert to avoid […]

By |March 24th, 2014|India, Nepal|0 Comments|