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Nepal, 1016 Part One

December 7, 2016

It’s another adventure for me and an opportunity to serve the Lord. I am off to Nepal with a team sponsored by the Nampa Idaho Church of the Nazarene. The Lord has brought together a team of people from Idaho as well Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Michigan. Most of us know very little of Nepal except what we have heard about the earthquake near Katmandu last year and the fact that Mount Everest in there.

I started out thinking that because of the Himalayas it would be cold and snowy this time of the year. When you look at the map, you see the country is in he same latitude as Florida or south Texas. And when you look at the altitude of Katmandu at only around 4,600 feet above sea level the average high temperature this time of the year is around 68 Deg. F. (23.6 C) it makes for a comfortable stay.

After about 40 hours of travel and an overnight stay in Katmandu where we were greeted by the District Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene for Nepal. The team was off the western end of Nepal to a town called Dhangadhi. It is in the far western end of the country and only about 15 kilometers from India. We flew on Buddha Air and had a grand view of the Himalayan mountains.

The Himualays from 16,000 feet

The Himalayas from 16,000 feet

Dhangadhi is in a large valley at the elevation of only 350 feet above sea level. It has a population of a little over 100,000 people. As we flew in we could see the valley around the city was all farm country with many acres of rice fields.

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

This was the start of the dry season in Nepal and most of the rice had been harvested. The fields were now being used to graze the cattle and goats.

Our team with local Pastors

Our team with local Pastors

We were greeted by the district building coordinator who has worked with the local church to start the project of building a church building. At the local airport we were loaded in a van with our luggage on the top and transported to a local hotel. Once checked in we were taken to the job site of the new church building. The local church members had started the construction with a foundation and pillars to support the walls and second floor. Our job would be to assist the local members in putting up the walls by laying bricks.

Arrival at the airport in Dhangadhi

Arrival at the airport in Dhangadhi

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The new church building

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This was the end of a long journey and we were all tired and sleepy after crossing 12 time zones and the international date line we were happy to get a good meal and it was off to bed in what seemed like the middle of the day for us. Adjusting to the time change made it hard to sleep very long and we were up early but ready to go.

We had morning devotions and thanked God for safe travel and prayed that we would be the hands and feet of Jesus as we left for the job site.

James says in chapter 2:18 …… “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

 

 

 

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