Friday, July 8, 2011

First full day in Nepal!

Today is our first day after arriving in Nepal; I'm pretty sure everyone was asleep by seven o'clock last night, not having gotten much sleep during the trip here. The only downside was waking up so early... I was up and ready to go by 4:30 this morning, so I had plenty of time to look at my notes, read, and enjoy the view of the city before we had to get going.

We enjoyed breakfast at a cafe a few blocks from the Norwegian House where we're staying. Their breakfast menu is pretty familiar, being mostly eggs, bacon, sausage, and toast in various combinations; the bacon was, however, in a much more generous portion than I'm used to in the States (a pleasant surprise!).

My first task of the day was to travel to the airport with Rajan to pick up Becky. What we realized just before we left was that we'd planned to be there for the time we'd arrived the day before, but forgot to factor in our landing delay due to the inclement weather (apparently, the Kathmandu airport is the most difficult international airport to land in because of the landscape and the unpredictable weather; often planes make three or more attempts, or even just return to Delhi). Because of this miscalculation, we were late to pick up Becky. But, we still managed to get her safely to the church in time for the seminar today.

Since we've arrived in Nepal, it has been brutally apparent how much we take for granted in America; the streets here are so crowded and disorganized, and the living conditions so dismal compared to what we have, yet there is so much optimism among the people of the Nepali church.

We just arrived back at the hotel after a several hour worship service, including a meal break in the middle, and I can't stop thinking about how joyful everyone was. Perhaps it is a lack of distraction with the amount of time we have to enjoy so many of the luxuries we have that they are more able to serve with gladness. Whatever it is, I find it encouraging and amazing.

Meeting Raju, Rajan, their father JB, and so many of the Christians here in Kathmandu has been nothing short of incredible. My excitement has only become greater to head west to the villages and other congregations to see more of these amazingly joyful people!

Thanks so much, everyone, for your prayers and supports!


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