Kathmandu, Nepal

Written by | October, 2011
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The first days in Nepal I was a tourist only.  Pastor Raju and Rajan had tickets for the train which was cancelled.  The got tickets to fly, but had to wait 3 days.  I arrived on Sunday; they arrived on Thursday.  I stayed in Khumbu Hotel for these days; this is near the Bouhda Stupa a favorite tourist spot for trekking and Bhuddist temples.  In the hotel were people from Vietnam, Korea, Poland, Australia, India and US that I met.  The staff were young Tibetans who were very helpful.

                    I was able to visit 5 families mostly around the Boudha area.  Mani and Manisha are married and graduates of MSU Mankato who are on a 3 month visit to their families in Nepal.  They took me on a walking tour of the very center of Kathmandu where Mani’s parents live.  Sanam, nursing graduate of MSU, is the elder brother working in the northeast US.  His sister will graduate from the nursing program next spring.

 Several of the people I met are involved in the hand woven carpet industry.  I toured two factories.  In the picture some are sorting raw wool from New Zeeland; you can see a hammock; there is a baby in it; this is the day care plan. The cost of fuel is so high they now heat the water for dying yarn by burning wood.  They use wool, silk, and cotton, natural fibers.  The two carpets in the picture are 18′ by 28′ each and are ready for shipping to Dubai.

Raju and Rajan met me and worked out a little plan for me.  I preached in the church service on Saturday.  (Nepal has Saturday off instead of Sunday.)  School and business operate from Sunday to Friday with holidays.  The Festival of Tihar is Wednesday to Friday this coming week; many people go home to be with family.  I will teach the orphans in the afternoon the three days of Tihar.  We will be doing activities more than classes.  As Rajan said they can “have time with an American grandfather.”  Next Saturday I will preach again at the worship service.

Yesterday the service began at 10 with worship songs and prayer.  The children have Bible school and worship separately; there were over 70 adults.  The singing worship ended with an offering ands anouncments.  At 11 the preaching service began.  My sermon was translated by Pastor Raju.  With translation it was 40 minutes long.  There was communion in which the bread and grape juice were passed out to all and, after the words of distribution, were taken at the same time.  Pastor J. B. Bitrakoti spoke about some things, including a special offering for Missions which was collected separately.

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