Carole Sydnor showing off the two hats she wears on the job now
Bucky and Carole serve in Nepal with the Nepal Baptist Church Council. They work with the Human Development and Community Service (HDCS), a non-governmental Christian organization committed to holistic mission in Nepal.
Carole writes: “I’m Dinesh!” exclaimed a middle-aged Nepali man with a familiar face.
“I taught you Nepali when you first arrived in 1979! I was one of the language teachers at the UMN Language School,” said Dinesh, who lives on the first floor of the 3-apartment house in which we live presently. I looked more closely and sure enough, I now recognized the face of the language teacher we had 33 years ago. The simple language skills we were learning then are in stark contrast to our now reading in 6th and 7th grade level grammar books with our present language teacher, Suman.
33 years has brought a lot of change!
Last month, in May, looking ahead to Bucky’s next birthday, we knew that changes in our IM overseas status would be happening in the fall, bringing closure to our years in Nepal.
But, I knew there were goals I still needed to accomplish!
But, then on Saturday, June 2, things drastically changed.
Bucky suffered a stroke at home that afternoon. After two days in the hospital where our missionary colleagues work, we flew to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand for further treatment. We were able to return to Kathmandu 10 days later because of the prayers of so many people. Because of the location in his brain of the stroke, he didn’t lose muscle strength, but lost coordination and balance. Daily he does his PT and OT exercises, so he can walk, but not long distances. Although his recovery has been phenomenal, Bucky still tires very easily. His doctors do want him to return to the US for further rest and recovery, and to be under the care of a Neurologist there. He leaves July 3 for the US. I will stay in Nepal and pack up our apartment, and bring closure to nearly 16 years of living here.
How fast plans and goals change!
God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is what I find myself clinging to: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.”
The morning of June 2, I had no idea how our lives would change within just a few hours. It isn’t easy to understand. But, I am claiming this promise!
May the strength found in this promise help you in your life’s journey.
• Pray for Bucky as he returns to the United States and continues his recovery from his stroke.
• Pray for Carole as she remains for a while in Nepal to brings closure to their sixteen years of ministry there.