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Nepal, 2016, Part Two

January 18, 2017

Our first work day started with breakfast at the hotel.

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Soup and flat bread for breakfast

It was a three-quarter mile taxi ride to the job site the first day. After the first day we walked to the job site. We passed many shops and witnessed a lot of traffic on the way.

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A typical taxi

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Other transportation was a common site.

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One of the many shops along the way to the work site

Once on the work site our task was to help the local people lay brick walls around the newly built foundation.

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We started with a water level around the building to be sure all the bricks would be level

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Bricks had to be hauled to the site in wheelbarrows.

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Mortar needed to be mixed by hand

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Starting the first row of bricks

Everyone pitched in carrying, stacking and laying bricks. By lunch time several rows were in place. The bricks were placed two bricks thick with alternating directions for overlapping joints.

The wall starts to grow

The wall starts to grow

We always had an audience of neighbors passing by or the children of the neighborhood trying to see what was going on. Everyone we met were very friendly and all seemed happy to see us. Throughout our stay in Nepal were met by friendly and happy people who have made this trip one of the most enjoyable experiences I have encountered.

Even though many of the people we met were Buddhist or Hindu we find they treated us as the bible tells us in Hebrews 13:2 “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Some new found friends came to visit

Some new-found friends came to visit

After the wall reached a height of about two feet tall a layer of cement with reinforcement bars was added to give the wall more strength.

Adding re-bar to the wall for strength

Adding re-bar to the wall for strength

The ladies of the group found a restaurant where we could eat lunch, in the neighborhood, for the first day on the job. After that they went shopping at a local market and brought food to the job site each day.  As we ate the first day it was evident that some things are the same world-wide. (see below)

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John tells us in 1 John 4:7  “Dear  friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

 

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