Jay-ma-see! That’s a Nepalese Christian greeting which means “Praise Messiah!”
I absolutely love Nepal! In fact, I wrote a blog entitled “10 reasons I love Nepal” (includes a recipe for Nepalese vegetable curry!) I think my favorite thing about Nepal is the people. Nepal has the most incredible, down-to-earth people I have ever met. The afternoon we arrived at our host family’s house, the gave us the biggest hugs ever, even though we were perfect strangers…this continued every day when we came home from ministry. It really made me feel at home and appreciate the family we have all around the world as followers of Jesus. Of all the countries we have visited, I’m the most sad to leave Nepal.
This month, we worked in a town about four hours south of Kathmandu called Hetauda. Nepal is absolutely gorgeous – a kaleidoscope of yellows, pinks, and florescent greens. Our main ministry work this month was sharing the gospel with people in towns and villages surrounding our home, as well as running the children’s ministry at the church and tutoring children at our home every evening. In Nepal, I have been simply blown away by the number of people who have never heard the name of Jesus before – it was such a privilege to share the gospel with people for the first time – read about one of these experiences here as well as a young man who was rocked by Jesus’ love on a busride. At the end of the month, we had the opportunity to visit another team in the mountains – we went on a run one morning and had a crazy encounter with two young Nepali girls – Read this story & see pics here Finally, we also worked with a local ministry leader to improve the Nepali Youth Ministries website – check out the new and improved site here!
A little bit of fun
We were super blessed to go on a few excursions this month, including riding an elephant, stepping foot in Tibet (China), and bungee jumping off of a 160m bridge in the mountain canyons of Nepal! (one of the highest jumps in the world) I was super scared to jump and screamed for about a minute even after I had stopped swinging at the bottom :-)
Next Month: Mumbai, India
In February, we will be working at a YWAM base in Mumbai, India. Our main ministry will involve ministering to women and children in the Red Light district. I’m really looking forward to sitting down with them and hearing their stories…God, break my heart for what breaks yours
- Thanks for your prayers! Our team has experienced breakthrough these past few weeks in unity. It is truly starting to feel like a family – praise God!
- My computer got water spilled on it and is no longer functioning – pray for a means of repair that would be inexpensive
- Three of my teammates are still in need of funding to meet our last financial deadline – pray that God would continue to provide all that we need. If you believe in the work we are doing and would like to contribute, you can visit their blogs here: Katy’s blog http://katywestrom.theworldrace.org; Leah’s blog:http://leahjohansen.theworldrace.org; Meghan’s blog:http://meghantschanz.theworldrace.org
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7)
In His love,