1.5.15

Nepal

In light of what happened in Nepal this week and because Reuben made a recent ministry trip there, I thought that I would highlight some of the work that Reuben has been doing in Nepal.  On his most recent trip, he got back from Nepal the week before the earthquake happened.  All of our friends and contacts are safe, but scared.  Our friends in Kathmandu are still sleeping outside because of aftershocks.  

One of the villages that Reuben has been visiting for the past few years is in West Nepal.  They would have been too far away to be affected by the earthquake, but there was a massive flood last year that all but wiped out the village.  To this day, they live in tents (seen below).  


On this last trip, Reuben was accompanied by the pastor of our church here in Penang.  They went with the purpose of setting up a partnership between their church and ours.  All the work that they do is done through the local church.  The idea is to equip the believers to better serve their community.  That way they, rather than the 'outsiders', can more effectively be salt and light to their neighbours and friends.  

The church
Our friend and ministry partner Chandan teaching at the church.  Notice that all the women sit on one side and the men on the other.  Nepalis do church on Saturdays.

To get to this village from Kathmandu, you have to fly, then bus or hired car to the closest town, walk 4km, then cross the river by boat (the bridge was washed away in the flood).  I know from personal experience that transportation in Nepal is a nightmare.  So I'm not surprised when I hear about how difficult relief efforts for the earthquake are for the rural areas. 



As I was looking through these pictures yesterday afternoon, a pipe burst in our bathroom and we had to switch off our water main.  And now as I publish this 28 hours later (not that I was counting....) our water was just turned back on.  I certainly would have been complaining had I not been looking through these pictures and thinking about this place in Nepal.  We think water is such a simple thing and don't realise that in many parts of the world, getting water is a very laborious and time-consuming task.  Number on on my thankfulness list today is instant, on demand taps!  




The kitchen
Many of the villagers make their money by breaking up rocks and selling the small pieces.  A bag sells for about 30 cents.  Even the kids do this.
Heavy bundles

I had to add a toilet picture.
Nepali traffic jam

One of Reuben's projects was to install a simple sand-filter to purify water (they collect their water from the river).    



This was Reuben's view on the flight home.  The Annapurna mountain range!  


New friend 


John Piper recently published a good article about how to pray for Nepal if you're interested, here.  

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