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Nepal, 2016, Part Four

August 4, 2017

It’s Saturday here in Nepal and this is the national “day off” for workers, so today is the day we will worship in the Dhangadhi Church of the Nazarene. Because the new church is still under construction services are held on the porch of the Pastor’s house. It is a short bus ride to the outskirts of the city where the Pastor’s home is located. On the way we are close enough to India to see the border.  Arriving we are welcomed by Pastor Rudra and Assistant Pastor Roshan.

Arriving at the Pastor’s House

Pastor Rudra and Assistant Pastor Roshan.

The team was welcomed by the congregation and given gifts of national scarves.

Like most church services this one started with singing some hymns.  As they were sung in the local language we did not understand the words but did recognize some of the hymn tunes. (Amazing Grace) We sang along with the rest of the congregation in our own language. The sermon was given by one of the team members and translated from English to the local language by one of the national Pastors. In Matthew 18:20 it says “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” This has always been true where ever I go in the world and His presence was there with us in this service as well.

After services we went to lunch at a local restaurant and then took a little tour of some local sites.

The first stop was at a Buddhist Temple near a River. We were told this river is where the church baptizes new members.

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Saturday is the national day of rest for the people of Nepal so there were many people here for a day out enjoying the sights. We found we were an attraction because they do not see many Americans here! All of the young people wanted to have their picture taken with us.

A group of students posing for a picture with me.

After we returned to the city we found out we were invited to attend a showing of the Jesus film being shown at a rice farm an hour’s ride from city. We arrived for the last half of the film which was in the local language. After the film several people expressed their desire to hear more about this “Jesus”.

Watching the Jesus Film

We were then invited to dinner with the farm family where we enjoyed a meal of nicely seasoned rice and fish.

Getting ready for a delicious meal

All of the beds and bedding were set aside to make room for us to eat

A special thanks to our host and hostess for allowing the showing of the Jesus film to the community and for the hospitality shown to us with a great meal. It was an appropriate end to a wonderful day knowing that God is working in Nepal. It says in Ephesians 19-20 (NIV) ” 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”

We certainly see this in the People of Nepal.

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