A Trip to Nepal

For someone who has never ventured out of Europe, travelling
to Nepal for a cross-cultural placement was both exciting and filled with
trepidation. I am from Pillar Christian Church in Portadown and I spent nine
intensive days preaching and serving, with my pastor, at two conferences, a
kids’ club and a Saturday morning service (Sunday is the first day of the
working week) in Apostolic Church, Kathmandu.

Pillar supports
the ministry and orphanage of Pastor Reuben Rai and his small network of
churches. It was particularly poignant
that we should go to serve on 31
st May, a year and a month after the
earthquakes that tore lives apart in Nepal. Kathmandu is still showing the scars
of the tragedy, with heaps of rubble lying at the side of almost every street,
but the hardest scars to see were the human ones. Pastor Reuben’s orphanage was destroyed – he has
since built a small extension onto the church building where approximately a
dozen children were sleeping on two beds. Due to generous donations, we were
able to leave money for three bunk beds.
Another extension was built to house a lady who had lost her legs in the
earthquake, and her small son who lost part of his foot; I had to rely on grace
to know how to react to such tragedy.

Adapting to the culture was difficult - the Nepali people were
very quiet and reserved toward us. However, after battling through a bout of
sickness to give a children’s talk, I think, I earned their respect and
confidence. I later discovered that the people are used to empty promises from
Westerners, which may have caused distrust. Through this experience I learnt
two things – how to persevere through adversity for the sake of the gospel and
how God works all things for the good of those who love him.

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