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Sydnor - International Ministries The latest from Carole Sydnor https://internationalministries.org/teams/108-sydnor.rss Walking in Newness of Life <p class="MsoNormal" style="mso-outline-level:1;background:white"><span style="font-size:5.0pt;font-family:&quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">... just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father,&nbsp;</span><span style="text-indent: 0.5in; font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">so we too might <b>walk in newness of&nbsp;life</b>. </span><span style="text-indent: 0.5in; font-size: 8pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;">Rom 6:4b</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">During the time before our Easter celebration, my thoughts focus on the promise God has given us so we can </span><b><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;">walk in</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;">newness of life</span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial"> – <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>and reflecting on those words reminds me of some experiences in my recent trip to Nepal.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Walking <b>along the path to the guest house</b> where I stay, I saw the process of earthquake reconstruction, slowly rebuilding to bring </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">newness of life</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> to those people whose houses were damaged. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Walking around the classrooms of Asha Bal Bikash Sewa (ABBS), the HDCS school for children living with disabilities, I saw <b>a young boy walk</b> - </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">in</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"> </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">newness of life – </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">who once, when he arrived at ABBS 7 years ago, was totally paralyzed from the effects of his being born with cerebral palsy.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">New educational opportunities will continue to bring the ability to </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black; background:white">walk in&nbsp;<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">new</span>ness of&nbsp;<span style="mso-bidi-font-weight:bold">life:</span></span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial"><b>ABBS children enjoy educational games on tablets</b> specific to their learning capabilities;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial"><b>New commentaries </b>for a Bible College’s library expand the theological resources for the students. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Catching up with <b>two women leaders who participated in the Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers in Egypt,</b></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;I listened as they shared their experiences from this training to </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; background: white;">walk in</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;">newness of life, </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">personally and professionally.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial">“<i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Effective training for me personally and professionally... a flowing grace transforms my attitude and understanding... I have been transformed: in relationships, perceptions, and facilitation skills.” <o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">“Able to relate, adopt and design the contents, training, and teaching tools in our own context... I am transformed... my initial narrow idea for worshiping God has transformed into a broader my mind set... the biggest thing I saw were Muslims and Christians coming together for making peace.”<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">After the worship service at church I met two colleagues from the past:</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:black">The <b>wife of the pastor</b>, who started the local Baptist church Bucky and I attended, sharing her experience during the worship service of her </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">walking in</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"> </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black">newness of life </span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">as they moved from Nepal to UK to minister to the great number of Nepalis living there;</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black"><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:21.0pt"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:black"><b>A rural pastor,</b> my meeting him for the first time since my time in 2007 teaching him in a basic discipleship class at the Baptist 12-week training for rural pastors and lay leaders, brought tears to my eyes: seeing him and hearing of his continued </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:black">walking in</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"> </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black">newness of life </span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">God promises to him and his remote village congregation.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">Thank you for your faithful praying and giving which bring </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Apple Chancery&quot;;color:black">newness of life </span><span style="font-size: 10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">to Nepal in a variety of ways.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black">May you experience this Easter promise from God anew,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;Lucida Calligraphy&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></p><style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Arial; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073711037 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 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I am reminded of a landless, homeless couple in Nepal whose story I heard during my last trip there in October.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14pt;">The Multipurpose Community Development Service, the social outreach arm of the Nepal Baptist Church Council, presented for approval a community development reconstruction budget for this project to give help to a village on the outside ridge of the Kathmandu Valley. Included in the project is a home for this couple.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 14pt;">This is the story I heard:</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Arial">“This landless, homeless man is 80 years old and his wife is 76. They were living with another villager’s family before the earthquake in April, 2015. That family’s house was completely destroyed. Some relatives then took this couple to their home. But, when the couple's little amount of money and goods were completely finished, they were chased away, out of the relative's house. Now they live near the village river under one bundle of four corrugated galvanized iron sheets, given by MCDS, as their temporary shelter. The leaders of MDCS requested the local government to provide some public land. The government official agreed to give a small amount of land on which this project would be able to build this elderly couple a simple house.”</span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 18.6667px;">When this project, supported by IM’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, is completed this couple will have a place to live: the land – given by the local government and a simple house – 19 feet by 14 feet – made by MCDS.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Arial">And so I continue singing these words with a new understanding in my heart.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Arial">... the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. <o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:Arial">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The stars in the sky looked down from the sky,<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span 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It’s about learning how to dance in the rain!” *</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In Nepal, during the months of June to September, the weather pattern of the northwesterly moving monsoon winds, blowing up off the Bay of Bengal rich in moisture, bring rain across the country of Nepal. Of course, this weather pattern brings the needed rain for rice fields. But, sadly, landslides across roads and down mountainsides and gushing rivers overflowing their banks up into low-lying villages cause the havoc of personal loss of homes and lives – often making transportation impossible.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Therefore, things often happen very slowly during the monsoon season.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">With the monsoon weather patterns bringing the rains every year, learning how to dance in the rain is a necessity, not necessarily a luxury, for the Nepali people.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Learning how to <i>dance in the rain</i>, members of the </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Elijah Counseling and Training Center in Nepal were able to hold three 2-day Disaster Trauma Counseling and Training program</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">s for leaders, including women and active members from the central, western and far western regions of the Nepal Baptist Church Council.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">From the beginning of the training, participants were very open to share their stories, their experiences of the 2015 earthquakes, and the trauma they faced – with some still going through their own trauma and grief. Not only was this training helpful for them as they learned counseling skills, but also as they experienced their own healing process.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Many of the shared comments of the appreciation and effectiveness included: </span><i style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">“I learned the importance of listening – &nbsp;if I had known this years ago, it would have saved a now broken relationship with my son.”</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Another said, “</span><i style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">in my church and community there are often people who just want to talk but are easily ignored and misunderstood. Now I have the skills of being ready and confident to listen.”</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Another participant shared that </span><i><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“for a long time we have been doing counseling in our church and community with very little knowledge. Now we realize that we were giving advice, judging people, making a decision for them, and avoiding to show our grief as a Christian. But today we understand through this training that there is a better way of&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.3333px;">counseling</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">. Now after this I'll to able to change my way of helping those in need.”</span></font></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And yet another shared that she was</span><i style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> “directly benefited by the grief session acknowledging the grief journey she was going through personally.”</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Learning to dance in the rain in Nepal is a must for Nepalis during the months of the monsoon winds bringing rain. International Ministries’ Nepali partners seem to have learned how.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your contributions to IM’s World Mission Offering, and your prayer and financial support to me are allowing Nepalis to dance in the storm of the post-trauma of the earthquakes in Nepal.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Whatever storm clouds you may be under, may you also learn to dance in the rain.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thanking you,</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><i>Carole</i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">* anonymous, but attributed to Vivian Greene</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;;color:black"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p> 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my arrival in Nepal, the day of the second earthquake, May 12, causes me to reflect on the events that have happened there this past year as I hold Nepal close to my heart. In that reflection the words of Isaiah 40:31 come to my mind:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.75in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; color:black;background:white">“but those who wait for the&nbsp;<span style="font-variant:small-caps">Lord</span>&nbsp;shall renew their strength,</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.75in"><i><span style="font-family: Arial; background: white;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>they shall mount up <b>with wings like eagles</b>,</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.75in"><i><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="background:white"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>they shall run and not be weary,</span></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent:.75in"><i><span style="font-family: Arial; background: white;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>they shall walk and not faint.”</span></i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> </span><span style="font-family: Arial;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial">I have seen the reality of these words in the lives of International Ministries’ partners: the staff at Human Development and Community Services (HDCS) and <b>Asha Bal Bikash Sewa (ABBS), the center for children living with disabilities</b>; Multipurpose Community Development Services (MCDS), the social welfare arm of the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC); and the United Mission to Nepal (UMN). <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Staff members and their recruited volunteers certainly mounted up </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">with wings like eagles</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> during those first days of immediate emergency relief: $25,000 of money from One Great Hour of Sharing provided food, <b>tarps,</b> kitchen and hygienic kits, and medical aid were provided to over 4000 households in rural areas. They all reached beyond their own experience and worked together to provide immediate relief to people less fortunate than themselves. They were affected people helping affected people.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">The next few months ahead of the monsoon rains, leaders and staff </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">ran and were not weary</i><span style="font-family: Arial;">, working hard to travel to remote places to assess earthquake damage. Accurate&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial;">information was needed to provide budgets: for reconstruction of damaged or <b>destroyed homes</b>, hospitals, hospital staff housing, and churches; for disaster trauma counseling programs; and outreach medical clinics to earthquake affect rural areas.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">One of the major ways to help with recovery from disaster trauma is try to re-establish normal routines as soon as possible. Schools eventually reopened, people moved back into their homes after <b>sleeping out in fields under tarps</b>, holidays were celebrated, and special events were scheduled and held.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">However, carefully made plans changed dramatically. The excitement of Nepal’s long-awaited new constitution didn’t last long as, as its promulgation in September triggered an unofficial blockade by India along its southern boarders.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Limited travel capabilities and non-existent reconstruction supplies during those long 4 ½ months led to a time of transition for earthquake relief activities.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">With such extreme shortages of the basic needs of everyday life, the </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">running</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> turned into </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;">.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">But yet, in my most recent trip to Nepal, I could see that </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">they are walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> step-by-step</span><i style="font-family: Arial;"> and not becoming faint!</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><b>Recovery from such a disaster as this takes a long time</b> – a long slow walk to full recovery – emotional healing as well as physical.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">They are </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> stably even though there have been over 400 aftershocks with a few registering over 4.0.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">They are </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> stably as plans are moving ahead for Disaster Trauma Counseling Workshop for the NBCC pastors and leaders starting in the far eastern region.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">They are </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> stably as <b>new assessments and budgets for reconstruction</b> are in process.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">They are </span><i style="font-family: Arial;">walking</i><span style="font-family: Arial;"> stably in finding ways to integrate new information with a post-earthquake relief spirit as a result of a <b>Conflict Transformation Workshop (CTW)</b> held in March.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;">May these examples from the lives of the Nepalis give you encouragement to seek His strength so <b>you, too, may </b></span><i style="font-family: Arial;"><b>mount up on wings like eagles,</b> </i><span style="font-family: Arial;">in whatever situation you are facing today.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial;"><i>~Carole</i></span></p> Thu, 12 May 2016 03:14:27 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/62106-walking-step-by-step-with-renewed-strength https://internationalministries.org/read/62106-walking-step-by-step-with-renewed-strength The Blizzard - A Lesson on Hope <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">All day Saturday, January 23, from our warm house with plenty of food I watched as the <b>snow continued to fall</b> and the wind blew all day long. The piles of snow surrounding our house and car grew until the drifts looked like snow waves filling the yard. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Ahead of the storm, I was able to buy food, make sure the car was filled with gas, and check the amount of oil in the tank for our furnace.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The house temperature was nice and warm as I sat cozily looking out the front window waiting for the snow plow to come and clear even a small path down our street.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And then I started thinking. I am so fortunate: when I was buying food, the prices didn’t increase because of potential shortages; I didn’t have to wait in line for days to buy gasoline and could full the tank to the top; and our house was warm because of oil heat and electricity.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The snow storm, with my being housebound and the needed shoveling to be done so I could exit my house when it stopped, was nothing compared to what my Nepali friends have been facing since the end of September because of the unofficial “blockade” along the Indian border.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In communications with my friends and partners, I’ve learned how difficult their lives have been. Cylinders of cooking gas are either non-existent or available only if one can afford paying nearly six times the price. Electricity blackouts have increased to 14 hours daily, resulting in minimal electricity available for cooking and keeping warm. Food is limited with increased prices. Kerosene – for heaters and cooking – has been available on the black market: illegal and expensive. After waiting in lines for hours up to days, drivers are faced with gasoline rationing: taxis getting 10 liters = 2.6 gallons twice a week. Public vehicles for transportation scarce. Surgeries and medical treatment at hospitals all across the country are reduced because of limited medicines and supplies. Schools are closed sporadically for extended periods of time.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And despite all that, many good things have been happening in the lives of IM’s Nepali partners.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">The Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC) was able to organize two very important events. <b>A Consultation on Disaster Response</b> was held as scheduled: an in-house review of the earthquake relief efforts carried out by NBCC-MCDS and supporting international donor partners. Dialogues and presentations by resource speakers provided new insight.</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Continuing on at the same place, the <b>Baptist Leadership Summit</b> brought men and women together from all across the country. They participated in various interest groups – pastors, youth ministry, women ministry, theological education, relief and development, and mission and evangelism.</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">The Nepal Baptist Bible College participated in two important celebrations. <b>Christmas in style with singing, presents, and good food</b>; and the <b>Silver Jubilee of a Baptist church</b> in southeastern Nepal <b>presenting to the pastor and his wife a certificate of recognition.</b></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">And lastly, a story from Human Development and Community Services’ (HDCS) December Prayer calendar about a 65-year-old woman receiving healing treatment from HDCS’ rural hospital in Rukum – the mid-western region of Nepal. She was brought to Chaurjahari Hospital Rukum after walking a 2-day journey from her remote village. She had sustained a small wound on her hand. Poverty kept her from going to a health center for medical treatment. Instead, seeking treatment from a local traditional healer and following the advice to worship the spirits and sacrifice animals, she saw her wound becoming seriously infected. Hearing about Rukum hospital in a woman’s group conducted by a visiting hospital staff person, she chose to go for help: the severely injured hand and now arm would need to be amputated above her elbow to save her life. The hospital team performed a successful surgery. The hospital, which receives White Cross funding for its charity fund, provided for her the $350 for the necessary surgery</span></i><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">A life saved – in the midst of the crisis for fuel for generators in the operating room and for medical supplies and medicines for patients.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">On the following Monday morning, I read that some transport trucks had been allowed to cross the southern border into Nepal. Only time will tell if this unofficial “blockade” is over.<i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In the meantime, as I see <b>the snow from my window,</b> I am reminded of what is more important – hope in a difficult situation which leads to prayer for you, for Nepal, for all of us:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial">"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” </span><span style="font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Arial">Romans 15:13 <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">(NRSV)</i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Thank you for praying with hope along with me,<o:p></o:p></span></p><h1><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></h1><p class="MsoNormal"><span 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Fire ... yet Looking Forward <h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">I&nbsp;was sitting with </span>two Nepali Baptist leaders<span style="font-weight: normal;"> as they shared their stories with me of their experiences during the earthquakes that totally changed their lives.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">One shared: <i>I was sitting in church with the other 30 people that Saturday morning in April. No one ran out when we felt the earth move. The service was just about to end, so we continued in the closing prayer. After the weak walls started collapsing, we got out of the falling down building.</i></span></h3><div><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">The other’s story was a bit different: <i>I had just finished preaching and was praying the closing prayer. We all heard this BIG noise, thinking at first it was just a plane flying overhead. Then the ceiling and walls started cracking. Knowing it was no longer safe inside, we filed out and sat on the surrounding fields. Since my two young adult children weren’t with us, my wife and I were very scared. Phones were not working. More than an hour later, we received a 'we’re safe’ text from them.</i></span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">After finishing their stories, they went on to tell my about their meeting together that very evening – they wanted to do something for others – thus the relief committee was established. The first relief money received by them was from the One Great Hour of Sharing. Now their ideas could be realized; </span>volunteers gathered <span style="font-weight: normal;">to help; </span>supplies were purchased<span style="font-weight: normal;"> and </span>organized for distribution<span style="font-weight: normal;">; </span>rural village communities received emergency relief aids<span style="font-weight: normal;">. The discussion ended with our making priorities together for a plan for the next phase of reconstruction.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Just a few days before, the 8-year-long-awaited constitution of Nepal came into effect. Nepal became a federal democratic republic. Celebrations began: firecrackers banged, </span>brightly colored strings of lights<span style="font-weight: normal;"> were hung from porches and tree branches, </span>groups of people lit candles together<span style="font-weight: normal;">, and a two-day government holiday was declared.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">But sadly, within three days the celebrations ended quickly. An unofficial “blockade” along the southern border with India started. Almost all needed supplies for this landlocked country come from India into Nepal. For a number of unclear political reasons, the Indian government has prevented trucks carrying much needed supplies to cross into Nepal for nearly two months now. The absence of these supplies has caused havoc in all aspects of life: </span>cooking gas<span style="font-weight: normal;">, </span>fuel for vehicles<span style="font-weight: normal;">, food, medical supplies, just to name a few. Schools have been closed, people now have to </span>buy wood for cooking<span style="font-weight: normal;">, vehicle drivers have no work, scant amounts of food cause stores to be frequently closed, and tourists are absent from the streets.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">The affect on IM’s partners in their being able to move forward in earthquake reconstruction is very limited. But, inch by inch </span>small relief efforts continue<span style="font-weight: normal;">, while larger building reconstruction is on hold.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Please pray for an end to this unofficial “blockade.”</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">My prayer for Nepal, IM’s partners, and my personal friends is from Isaiah 43:1-3:</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><i>But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I&nbsp;have&nbsp;redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine…. when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,&nbsp;and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.’</i></span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Certainly IM’s partners are living proof of this promise.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Yes, they are “affected people helping affected people.”&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: normal;">But the amazing thing about them – everyone looked beyond their own experience. They worked together to provide immediate relief to people they didn’t know.</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">And they are looking forward to doing even more!</span></h3><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;">Thank you for being a part of Nepal and IM’s partners as they look forward to do more,</span></h3><h3><i style="font-weight: normal;">Carole</i></h3><div>Photos from:</div><div>09_Gas cylinders <a href="http://http://www.deccanchronicle.com/151116/world-neighbours/article/after-fuel-china-offers-supply-lpg-nepal">http://www.deccanchronicle.com/151116/world-neighbours/article/after-fuel-china-offers-supply-lpg-nepal</a></div><div>10_Tankers <a href="http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-11-15/198-fuel-tankers-cross-into-nepal-from-south.html">http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-11-15/198-fuel-tankers-cross-into-nepal-from-south.html</a></div><div>11_Selling wood <a href="http://epaper.thehimalayantimes.com/Details.aspx?id=6081&amp;boxid=1513348&amp;dat=11/16/2015">http://epaper.thehimalayantimes.com/Details.aspx?id=6081&amp;boxid=1513348&amp;dat=11/16/2015</a></div></div> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:19:53 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/60331-through-fire-yet-looking-forward- https://internationalministries.org/read/60331-through-fire-yet-looking-forward- Rain, Yet Recovery <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;"><i>“Don’t forget to bring your umbrella,” </i>I would say to you every day this time of year as we would be leaving our house together, if you were with me walking in the streets of Kathmandu Valley.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>The <b>sky can be a clear blue</b>, a black cloud moves over our heads and it will pour for a short time. As we would continue to walk, we could even walk right out of the area of that downpour. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In Nepal now, the monsoon winds (a seasonal pattern of wind reversing its direction) blow up from the south <b>bringing rain</b> from the Bay of Bengal. This is the time for planting rice in the <b>terraced fields on the mountainsides</b>. Some times, it can rain non-stop for days. And other times, it can bring quick torrential rains resulting in flash floods.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And such a thing happened on August 27&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">in Kathmandu Valley. Hundreds of dwellings were inundated following a torrential rain, which caused flash flooding from an already swollen riverbank. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">At 5 am, panic was widespread as floodwater started pouring into the <b>tented camps,</b> and eventually <b>flooding a hospital</b>.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Monsoon rains also play havoc causing landslides on rural roads, <b>making transportation in general very difficult</b>, and now specially, making earthquake relief work very challenging.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">But, yet, as much as possible, relief continues…</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">…. and so does life.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">One of the major ways to help with recovery from disaster trauma is try to re-establish normal routines as soon as possible. And just as important is to try to maintain good self-care.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; background-color: white;">Knowing that, I cheered when I saw pictures of a </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: white;"><b>Fustal* Tournament </b>in which my friends participated. It truly seemed they were <b>enjoying themselves</b> and the <b>winning team</b> was very jubilant!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Tears filled my eyes when I received pictures of a <b>college graduation</b> service celebrating 17 students: 5 received their Bachelors of Theology degree. There were also <b>12 who received their Certificate in Theology</b> – a special study of education for those living in very rural areas with very limited resources. The college had been closed for nearly 2 months. It finally reopened and there are now nine new students beginning their 4-year theology study.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The principal reported that the college’s staff and students volunteered in the ministry of relief. He goes on to say, “At one of the relief distribution centers one of the earthquake survivors said, ‘</span><i style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">We are homeless, but not hopeless. Since we have friends like you who have come to help us in our needs.’</i><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> My heart leapt with joy to hear those words of gratefulness. We are indeed <b>"Hope Bringers."</b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And you are also “Hope Bringers” as you continue to pray for Nepal, and support the Nepal Earthquake Relief.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And as you pray for me, my ministry there, and give to my support.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you,</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="background:white"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 9pt;">*a modified form of soccer played with five players per side on a smaller field</span></p><p 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<![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Sitting around the meeting table with six others, I listened to the words of the devotional shared at the opening of the three-day meeting I attended in May during my trip to Nepal right after the second earthquake. (<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/58462-the-second-earthquake-a-modern-day-david-and-goliath-story"><span style="color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/58462-the-second-earthquake-a-modern-day-david-and-goliath-story</span></a> )<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The leader read:</span></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">“I waited patiently for the&nbsp;Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and&nbsp;established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see&nbsp;it&nbsp;and fear, and will trust in the&nbsp;Lord,” Psalm 40:1-3 NKJV</span></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">We were all feeling consumed with heavy hearts for our Nepali partners. To us, it truly seemed that the earthquakes they experienced had certainly put the country of Nepal into a horrible pit… not just one earthquake, but TWO – bringing unfathomable destruction.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">We were Baptists from 5 different countries meeting together to coordinate a joint Baptist relief effort.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">As we listened, we heard from our Nepali colleagues what they had done for immediate emergency disaster relief.</span></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The <b>Multipurpose Community Development Service (MCDS)</b>, the social ministry arm of the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC), provided tent shelter and medical attention for over 200 families and 1000 people in its own district of existing ministry who were left homeless. MCDS received $10,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for its immediate emergency relief.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">A part of the <b>United Mission to Nepal’s (UMN)</b> initial relief efforts included the provision of MAF helicopters flying initialfood supplies to people living in districts cut off by landslides after they had been waiting two weeks – when they saw the helicopters arriving to their village, (&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.umn.org.np/videos/517" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color:windowtext; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">http://www.umn.org.np/videos/517</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> ),&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333330154419px;">they knew that they weren’t forgotten&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">UMN received $5,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for its immediate emergency relief.</span></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In my meeting with the leaders of&nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Human Development and Community Services (HDCS</b><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">), I learned of the immediate&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">relief of food, cooking supplies, and galvanized tin sheet shelter provided to 4000 households in 5 different districts across the country. HDCS received $10,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) for its immediate emergency relief.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">It seemed that just by hearing those words of the good things that they, affected people helping&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333px;">affected&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">people, had done, my spirits were lifted out of the miry clay – the heaviness I was experiencing was being lifted from my heart.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Now energized, my feet were set on hard ground, as I returned to the US after that visit. Once again from the other side of the earthquake, ( </span><a href="http://internationalministries.org/read/58031-being-on-this-side-of-the-earthquake" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color:windowtext;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">http://internationalministries.org/read/58031-being-on-this-side-of-the-earthquake</span></a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">, I’ve been very busy with email communications with IM”s partners. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And on a lighter side … I am no longer worried about the moving ground of the aftershocks I felt in Nepal.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Email exchanges are continuing with reports of the evaluations of the needed repairing of damaged structures, of the prices of needed items, and of the next areas to be considered to receive more long-term aid. Steps are being established, as IM’s partners are coming up with another plan! </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><b>MCDS:</b></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">in the next couple of months the immediate plans for the beginning of the second phase of disaster relief will focus completely on the 635 population of two villages in one district. Provisions for shelter, lodging and food are its priorities.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><b>UMN:</b></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">although it has a multi-sector second phase project proposal, IM’s interest will be in the sector of livelihood for poor and landless households in the rural areas of UMN’s established ministry.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><b>HDCS:</b> staff quarters and patient rooms at both of HDCS’ hospitals have varying degrees of structural damage, including one operating room, which no longer cannot be used.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Both places need degrees of reconstruction for its ministry in rural areas to continue.</span></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The promise from God is that He will give a new song…. a song of praise to Him, as each of IM’s partners, over time, does its part in rebuilding Nepal within the framework of each’s own strengths.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Please claim this promise for Nepal and pray:</span></p><blockquote style="margin: 0 0 0 40px; border: none; padding: 0px;"><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">As&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333px;">affected&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">people are helping&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13.3333px;">affected&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">people – the need for trauma counseling for children and adults is very necessary. People giving aid need to remember their own need, too.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The need for rebuilding is great – the financial resources are limited. Only as God touches the heart of people who give, can all the phases of disaster relief be accomplished.</span></p></blockquote><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Earthquake Relief for Nepal:</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/28" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="color:windowtext; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none">http://internationalministries.org/drives/28</span></a></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your prayers for me and the country of Nepal</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">Carole</span></i></p> Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:51:22 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58863-rebuilding-a-hope-of-promise https://internationalministries.org/read/58863-rebuilding-a-hope-of-promise The Second Earthquake – A Modern-Day David and Goliath Story <p class="MsoNormal">What a surprise it was for me to get off the plane in Kathmandu to learn that we had circled 20 minutes before landing.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">1½ hours into my flight from Doha to Kathmandu on Tuesday, May 12, there was another large earthquake in Nepal.&nbsp; All the world knew about it, except for me and the other passengers on the plane.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Our plane was the first that was allowed to land after the airport had been closed for two hours because of the second earthquake.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Riding to the guesthouse, my familiar taxi driver, Dipak, gave me all the details: people ran out of offices, shops, or buildings while the ground shook. When it finally stopped, they closed up and went to their homes to make sure their families and homes were safe and undamaged.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">It was surreal as we drove along on the nearly empty streets towards the guesthouse. &nbsp;We hardly saw any vehicles– taxis, private cars, bicycles, buses, nor mini-vans – on the road. Only a few people were walking along the side of the road.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Along the way, I saw that people had been sleeping in vehicles and tents on their yards, including a family on the path to the guesthouse. Looking down the path, I saw that the old brick wall separating the private property from the public path had been destroyed.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Later that night, although exhausted but not sleeping because of jet lag, about 2:15 am I was surprised by the sound of the alarm at the guesthouse because the ground was shaking. All of us ran outside because of the after shock. And about an hour later, nearly getting back to sleep, once again I heard it ring. Once again, we ran outside “for our dose of nighttime fresh air!”</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The next day I started meeting with IM’s partners: hearing their stories of themselves and their families; listening to their efforts of the immediate relief they were doing; and sharing in their sadness of the damage and destruction of places known to them as a result of the second earthquake.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I wondered how I could encourage them.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Aahaa!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I remembered my Bible reading for that very day, which referred to the David and Goliath story:&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in">Goliath, clad in the finest war armor, was the giant challenging the Israelites to battle.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>David, the youngest least impressive brother, was a shepherd – not a soldier. Trusting God, he faced the giant in the name of the Lord. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>And God was with the small shepherd who defeated the army giant.</p><p class="MsoNormal">And sitting with them in their despair, I saw the correlation: the giant in today’s story is the earthquake. And the Davids in today’s story were sitting with me around the table.</p><p class="MsoNormal">I shared this story with them. Trying to encourage them, I went on to say: they are the Davids facing the giant; God is with them in their immediate relief work; their trusting in God, like David did so long ago, will help them face the giant with courage.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">I am encouraged daily as I continue to hear of the countless way immediate relief has been done by so many groups, and how it continues daily.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">But sadly, the second earthquake brought on more even destruction than you can imagine. Your help continues to be needed.</p><p class="MsoNormal">You may give to the Earthquake Relief Nepal and you can find more complete information at <a href="http://internationalministries.org/drives/28">http://internationalministries.org/drives/28</a> <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Whatever giant you may be facing today, may you remember David’s example of trusting in God, and claim His promise to you:<br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center">“<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted;<o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,”<o:p></o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Psalm 10:17 NIV</i><i><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></i></p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align: 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Chancery&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> Sun, 17 May 2015 05:39:05 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58462-the-second-earthquake-a-modern-day-david-and-goliath-story https://internationalministries.org/read/58462-the-second-earthquake-a-modern-day-david-and-goliath-story Being on This Side of the Earthquake <p class="MsoNormal">“Have you hear from anyone from Nepal?” was the text that arrived 7 am Saturday, as I was getting ready to prepare my treat of Saturday morning's freshly ground coffee.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">“Whaaat?”</p><p class="MsoNormal">Forgetting about making my special coffee, I flew downstairs to connect to the Internet to get more information. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>“A 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal!” <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>In disbelief and shock, these were the first words I said on Saturday morning.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">My heart broke and tears filled my eyes as I saw the pictures that were already posted. And with fear, I read the scanty information that was there. As I read the limited information, my thoughts were for my all my friends in Nepal. Are they safe?&nbsp; What about their families? And their houses? &nbsp;&nbsp;The hospital where Bucky and I lived for 13 months? I worried as it was close to the epicenter.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">In the US it was 7 am Saturday morning, and 4:45 pm Saturday evening in Nepal. I sent off an email to all of my personal friends and IM colleagues, just hoping that someone had email capabilities to be able to communicate with me.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Sitting on pins and needles, I finally received one response two hours – the family was okay and living out in the open fields around their home, as there were so many after shocks.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">And then the Skype phone calls began to my friends who don’t have Internet access. &nbsp;&nbsp;They were also uninjured and their homes were not damaged. They had cooked their meals outside in their garden, as it was no longer safe to be in their home.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard about my friends - both in Kathmandu and in Lamjung.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">The next step was to send Skype SMS messages to IM’s partners telling them that IM wanted to send relief work funds through One Great Hour of Sharing.&nbsp; I also said that I would be trying to Skype call them early our Sunday morning, their late afternoon Sunday, to find out about their situation. I wanted to know about those related to the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the Nepal Baptist Bible College (NBBC) and Human Development and Community Services (HDCS). &nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Finally Sunday morning came, but Skyping only helped me a little. Disappointedly, I was only getting a few answers from IM’s colleagues through whom IM would want to send relief work funds.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">I was frustrated as I saw other organizations requesting donations so quickly.&nbsp; The question, “How could they have made contact with people in Nepal, when I was having such a hard time?” raced through my mind.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">My ability to trust God with all the details was being challenged. I wanted to KNOW and NOW.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">But today, 48 hours after my having to wait and see – impatiently, I must admit –encouraging information was received from Nepal. IM could now move forward with a plan to give &nbsp;$25,000 through One Great Hour of Sharing to the colleagues with whom Bucky and I served.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">God finally answered my prayers – a person who was waiting impatiently.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">God does answer all our prayers: sometimes, “yes,” or “no,” or “wait.” &nbsp;&nbsp;But He does answer.&nbsp; I just had to wait – not an easy thing to do.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">So plans are being made to send relief funds to Nepal. You may also give to IM’s Nepal Earthquake Relief ( see <a href="http://internationalministries.org/read/58021">http://internationalministries.org/read/58021</a>&nbsp; for details).</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you for caring for Nepal,</p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>Carole</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">P.S. I still have to hear from workers in the rural places, but I’m feeling patient now and IM sponsored relief work can start.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:57:38 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/58031-being-on-this-side-of-the-earthquake https://internationalministries.org/read/58031-being-on-this-side-of-the-earthquake Over the Hills <p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Arial">“My two goats are going to have kids… and the manure was great compost fertilizer for my land to plant my household crops,” <b>exclaims Prakash!</b> (a young man I have known for 7 years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Read his story: <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/53896-he-who-began-a-good-work-in-you-">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/53896-he-who-began-a-good-work-in-you-</a> ) <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">“I was able to learn how to plant ginger AND even teach my neighbor.” <b>This man’s fields</b> are now growing the high-in-demand needed ginger plants.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">His Christian witness is making a positive impact in his neighborhood.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">“My grocery shop is running well because I could buy enough of the needed grocery shop’s goods,” reports the <b>female shopkeeper</b>. With her shop open for business, she now has been able to connect with a number of different people, as well as become a good Christian witness among her neighborhood.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">“I didn’t know how to keep goats, but through this project I received the necessary training. <b>Two of the goats</b> are going to have kids within the next three months. And, I have already sold a male goat,” another shares excitedly!</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">After some training in managing a business, a 41-year-old man with only a 3-month Bible Training was able to purchase necessary electric and plumbing supplies. “I now have a job <b>doing electrical wiring and plumbing work in a new house</b>. And I have a good witness with the home owner.”</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The demand for his professional skills is high … and he is also able to sell these supplies at a reasonable price.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">These are just some snippets of the reports that I have received in my role as Missionary to Nepal Mission from the 10 rural development workers that this project supports. (</span><a href="http://internationalministries.org/projects/118" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">http://internationalministries.org/projects/118</a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> )</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your gifts to this project will continue to help them and their rural churches become more self-sustaining.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your Christmas gift to this project in the name of one for whom you are having a hard time to surprise will be a living response to the words of that Christmas Carol sung this time of year:</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-indent:.5in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family: Arial">“Go, tell it on the mountain, <b>over the hills and everywhere</b>;<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing" style="text-indent:.5in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;font-family: Arial"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>go, tell it on the mountain, that Jesus Christ is born.”<o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Having lived in Nepal and seen the land of <b>mountains and river valleys</b>, I easily understand the reality of the challenge of the words of this song: the remoteness, the difficulty in travel, and the limitations of food and supplies. And yet, God is working in remote communities through the ministry of these rural development workers.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When you sing this carol this holiday season, may you remember these stories from five of the ten rural development workers and how God is using them in the mountains of Nepal.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your interest in and prayers for Nepal.</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">~Carole</span></p><p class="MsoNoSpacing"><a name="_GoBack"></a></p> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/56789-over-the-hills https://internationalministries.org/read/56789-over-the-hills Meeting Old Friends ... Making New Ones <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Rise to the Challenge! 200 years … and<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>beyond!</b></p><p class="MsoNormal">These are the words and images on the front and back of this year’s 2014 World Mission Conference tee shirts.</p><p class="MsoNormal">They are key words of an event that allowed me (and my mother) to meet old friends and make new ones!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">200 years</i></b><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">:</i> IM extended many invitations to come to this party<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>– to all its missionaries, Valley Forge Staff, Special Assistants, and over 100 International Partners - to celebrate God’s faithfulness to IM for 200 years!</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Meeting old friends</b> … at the World Mission Conference.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>One very special moment for me was when my mother was able to come for a couple of days.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>She was thrilled to<b> meet her old friends, the Nepalis</b> whom she knew from her many travels to Nepal.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in">It truly was exciting for me to have <b>three of the Nepali colleagues</b>, whom Bucky and I have known for so many years, be in my country – meeting them on this side of the world.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in">In the midst of all the excitement of the week, my Nepali colleagues and I led an engagement session about Nepal. Each one of the leaders shared their own very personal different story of how God led in their lives bringing them into a personal relationship with Him.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>They shared how God is now working through the ministries each of them represent.&nbsp;Then, my old friends were able to make new friends, during this session and a<b>t Country Table Talks </b>with conferees during lunches.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Making new friends</b> … at the World Mission Conference.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Another very special moment for my mother and me was <b>making a new friend from Poland, </b>Mateusz Wichary, the President of the Polish Baptist Church.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>Meeting him, IM is excited, as a new partnership with the Baptist Union of Poland was formed. Exciting for me, as both of my father’s parents were Polish.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in">Old friends – from Nepal, the land in which I’ve lived for many years.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in">New friend – from Poland, the land of my great grandparents.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">…and beyond:</i></b> IM’s over 100 invited international partners came together to help shape the future of IM's work and to learn from and encourage one another's ministries. Participants of the WMC also had a chance to engage in the process of discerning God’s call for IM as it enters its the third century of ministry. <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><o:p></o:p></b></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><b><i>Rise to the Challenge:</i></b> Not only the theme for the WMC, but also for this fall’s World Mission Offering.&nbsp; Your gifts to the WMO support partner relationships around the world – old partnerships and new ones.&nbsp; Your gifts of the WMO support the vital work of IM’s global personnel serving around the world.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you for your support of the World Mission Offering.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Carole Sydnor</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p> <!--[if !mso]> <style> v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>372</o:Words> <o:Characters>2122</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>17</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2605</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG></o:AllowPNG> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting></w:TrackFormatting> <w:PunctuationKerning></w:PunctuationKerning> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas></w:ValidateAgainstSchemas> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables></w:BreakWrappedTables> <w:DontGrowAutofit></w:DontGrowAutofit> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables></w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx></w:DontVertAlignInTxbx> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapedefaults v:ext="edit" spidmax="1029"></o:shapedefaults> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:shapelayout v:ext="edit"> <o:idmap v:ext="edit" data="1"></o:idmap> </o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--> </p><center><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/drives/21"> <img src="http://internationalministries.org/uploads/picture/asset/23978/large_WMO_logo.jpg?1406830434" height="83" width="200"><br> <img src="http://internationalministries.org/uploads/picture/asset/54860/large_2014_risetothechallenge_color.jpg?1406828975" height="41" width="300"></a></center><p></p> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:48:37 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/55607-meeting-old-friends-making-new-ones https://internationalministries.org/read/55607-meeting-old-friends-making-new-ones He Who Began a Good Work in You! <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial">That song keeps going through my head – especially as I reflect on my most recent trip to Nepal.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">This story begins in May of 2007 when I first met <b>Prakash: a very shy student in a basic discipleship class</b> I taught as part of a 12-week Christian leadership training course for rural pastors and lay leaders. Eventually, however, he took his turn in participating in my classroom activities.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Four years later when <b>I met him – with another student of mine</b> – he was a much more assured young rural pastor at the leadership meetings of the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC).</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And during my most recent trip to Nepal in March, we met again: 7 years after our first meeting in Kathmandu!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><b>He is now one of the 10 rural development workers</b> chosen by NBCC to participate in a special training program carried out by its Mission and Evangelism Department. This project will provide financial resources and skill development so that they and their rural churches can move out of poverty to become self-sustaining.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When Prakash came to Kathmandu for the first training session, he rode a bus for more than 12 hours from his village – only 175 miles away! It is traveling difficulties within the country like this that hinder remote villages to be self-sufficient.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And yet even living so remotely, his strong faith energizes him to walk to even more remote villages in his surrounding area of ministry responsibility!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Among the income-generating training skill choices of horticulture, animal husbandry, or small business, he chose goat keeping. The goal of this training is to give him, and the nine others, skills to be used that will go beyond their own financial needs to make a difference in their rural communities.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">It truly was a humbling experience for me to meet with <b>the nine who were able to come to the first training session</b>. <b>I was able to describe</b> more in detail how this project would work.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">It allowed me to meet Prakash again! Thinking back to the very first time I met him as compared to meeting him seven years later, I thought of this promise:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span><i>“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion</i></span><i><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></i><i><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial; background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">until the day of Christ Jesus”. Phil 1:6 NIV)</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Certainly, I had seen evidences of God working in his life.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And, you can have a significant role in what God is doing in this young man’s life and the lives of the other nine – let alone the hundreds of unnamed villagers!</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your gift of $100 would provide Prakash with a goat, or a piglet for one of the other nine.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">“Supporting Workers Fight Poverty In Nepal” is the name given to this training program project on the IM website. </span><font face="Arial" size="2"><a href="http://internationalministries.org/projects/118">http://internationalministries.org/projects/118</a></font></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">You may go there to read more about the project. With your giving and praying, you can be a part of what God is doing to make a difference to rural communities socially, economically and spiritually in Nepal.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Meeting Prakash again, for which I am very grateful, was a wonderful testimony for me to see the faithfulness of God working in this young man’s life.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And so I keep on singing:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>“He who began a good work in you</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;He who began a good work in you</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial">Will be faithful to complete it<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial">He'll be faithful to complete it<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial">He who started the work<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial">Will be faithful to complete it in you ...” <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">Jon Mohr</i><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">May you be confident He is working in you and join me in singing this song!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></p><p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>498</o:Words> <o:Characters>2843</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>23</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>5</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3491</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> Sun, 11 May 2014 11:04:29 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/53896-he-who-began-a-good-work-in-you- https://internationalministries.org/read/53896-he-who-began-a-good-work-in-you- Working Together in Ministry - by Email! 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She was the only female student when I taught at the <b>10-week pastors and lay leaders training program at the Nepal Baptist Bible Institute (NBBI).</b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">After her completion of that 10-week training program, she went on to study at the Nepal Baptist Bible College (NBBC) to receive her <b>Bachelors Degree in Theology</b>.</span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Upon graduation, she was hired at NBBC<b> to work in its library</b> and to be a counselor for the students.</span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">NBBC is striving to work toward meeting certain standards to move towards a higher level of accreditation. Mina’s taking this librarian course and subsequently receiving this certificate is another step forward for NBBC in that process.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">How did she get there, you may be wondering?</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">It started with an <b>email</b> from the principal of NBBC. He stated that Mina had an opportunity to attend this training program starting on January 6, in Bangalore, India. But, funding would need to be found for her.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The <b>email</b> arrived on December 19, 24 hours before the ABC Mission Center would be closed until January 2. I had to hurry if I wanted to help Mina and NBBC.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">After discussing this opportunity with the Area Director for Nepal, I sent off an <b>email</b> to Nepal and India: requesting the budget needed for the ticket cost to Bangalore; and if funding was available for her registration, would Mina be accepted into the training.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">How I prayed that night that I would receive <b>email</b> answers from both the principal of NBBC and the person in charge of the Librarian training in Bangalore, India.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And… God answered!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When I arrived at work on Friday, December 20, those two <b>email</b> answers were awaiting me! I had to work quickly, as for my other job, as assistant to the Special Events Director, I needed me to leave the office early to help prepare for IM’s Christmas party!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">I only had about a half an hour to complete this project.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Yes, there would be a space for Mina at the training. And, the cost of the plane ticket was provided so it could be added to the budget for Mina’s expenses. The Area Director was encouraged for the opportunity to provide training for this young Nepali leader. He was able to access a source of funding, told me from whom to get the application that Mina and NBBC needed to complete, and so 10 minutes before I needed to leave the office, all the pieces were in place.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The application was sent off to NBBC in an <b>email</b> to the principal stating that IM would be able to fund Mina’s participation in the Librarian Training Program. An <b>email</b> was sent off to the person in charge of the training program stating that IM accepted the request for Mina to participate and would provide the money to NBBC for her participation. And so, although the cut off date for late registration had been November 30, during IM’s holiday break, Mina would be on her way to take this training that will help NBBC with its accreditation.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">By your continued support of my ministry, I can continue to relate to IM’s Nepali partners – by <b>email</b>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for helping to make a difference in this young Nepali woman’s life and to further NBBC and its training of young Christian leaders.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your continued support of me and my ministry to Nepali partners,</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(40, 40, 40); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:50:28 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/52585-working-together-in-ministry-by-email- https://internationalministries.org/read/52585-working-together-in-ministry-by-email- Bigger Than The Whole World <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial">In my recent Advent devotional time reading of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">C.S. Lewis A Grand Miracle</i> by Joel Heck, the author quotes from C.S. Lewis’ <i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">The Last Battle</i>:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family: Arial">“Queen Lucy recalls, ‘In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.’ The Stable to which Lucy referred was, of course, the stable of Bethlehem. It once had something inside it that was bigger than the whole world, the baby Jesus.”</span></i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">This is the time of year when I think of the Baby Jesus coming to the world – a newborn, born in a stable. But also, being a grandmother for the first time this past year, I am aware that my mind goes to babies… and mothers…&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">all around the world.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">My thoughts are drawn to the Nutrition Promotion Project in Nepal on the IM website. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">50% of the children in western Nepal are malnourished resulting in diarrhea, dehydration and death.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The project would provide health education and promotion of nutrition to those mothers of babies who are in desperate need of this training.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Because Nepal is mostly mountain ranges and river valleys, there are only a few main roads in this country – the size of the state of Tennessee. And, in the western region of the country roads are just about non-existent.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Taking medical camps out from local rural hospitals to remote villages means that sick children don’t have to be carried as far for medical care.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">By providing rural medical camps out into the mountains, </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background-color: white; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">the quality of life through healthier hygiene and nutrition habits can reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of children – loved by their mothers – in this area.&nbsp;&nbsp; Your giving $100 could provide vitamins and iron tablets for the malnourished children living in the remote region of the west. &nbsp;$3.30 would provide one child enough “super flour” – high nutritional cereal in place of non-nutritional white rice – for one year. (&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">(</span><a href="http://internationalministries.org/projects/97" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">http://internationalministries.org/projects/97</a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">)</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In my last trip to Nepal in October, I met with Astha, the Public Health Program Coordinator for HDCS, an IM Nepal partner. She is excited about this potential project, is waiting for the project to be funded, and is looking forward to coordinating this project as soon as funds are received.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color: white; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The children for whom the nutritional medical camp has been created can only be benefited when interested people make a donation to this project.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Then, the Baby-In-The-Manger’s love can be extended to these malnourished children in the far remote villages of the world.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The conclusion of that same Advent reading challenges me to look at my faith.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial">“<i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">We know that big things come in small packages. Small towns. Short people. Diamond rings. Babies especially. But also heart, courage, determination, and faith. Faith can move mountains but it doesn’t need to be big to do so. Jesus said, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to this mountain – Move from there to there – and it will move’.”</i> <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>(Matthew 17:20)</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;">Astha has the heart, courage, determination and faith to see that this project will someday be completed.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">What about me? You? </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Where is God challenging our faith these days? </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">How can we see Your greatness that comes in smallness, Baby Jesus? Give us a small faith in a Great Savior.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thinking about Queen Lucy’s words brings this song to mind:</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial"><i>“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus lay down His sweet head.<o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in"><span style="font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial"><i>The stars in the sky look down where he lay. The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.”<o:p></o:p></i></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">May the words of this familiar Christmas Carol remind us that the babe that lay there is bigger than the whole world.</span>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>Merry Christmas to you, <i>Carole</i>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:15:10 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/51946-bigger-than-the-whole-world https://internationalministries.org/read/51946-bigger-than-the-whole-world On the Caravan! <p class="MsoNormal"></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"><i>“All Aboard!”</i> shouted out Captain Heard, as the IM’s exhibit at the ABC Mission/Summit Biennial, The Caravan, prepared to load the passengers onto the deck. <b>All the IM staff</b> at the biennial arrived on time and climbed aboard. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Not only was the deck shared with </span><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">animals in their crates</b><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">, other things were happening, too. A modern-day Ann Judson was in the helm, sharing her personal challenges of traveling on the Caravan – being just a two-week bride and handling her intense seasickness on their 4 month trip.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Captain Heard could be seen on deck</b><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">, speaking to passengers giving his account of his traveling adventures on his first owned brig, the Caravan, a merchant vessel. He shared his observations about the passengers, Ann and Adoniram Judson, who were on their trip across the high seas to overseas missionary service.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><b style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">He did take time to pose at the helm for a photo op with passengers who came aboard</b><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And <b>hanging along the bulwarks were paper bags of rice</b> with the names of the passengers who gave to IM’s “Rice for Refugess on the Thai-Burma Border” (see </span><a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/100" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">http://www.internationalministries.org/projects/100</a><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> ).</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In the quiet moments between the presentations of Captain Heard and Ann Judson, the benches along the bow of the Caravan were used for meeting places for <b>private conversations.</b></span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">This replica of the Caravan represents the vessel that carried Ann and Adoniram Judson to their overseas mission, eventually arriving in Burma, 200 years ago – a celebrative anniversary for the arrival of the first International Ministries’ missionaries.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And celebrations don’t stop there!</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The Nepal Baptist Bible College (NBBC) just celebrated its 15-year anniversary!</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">It started as a 3 month training program for rural pastors and lay leaders. During our time of living in Kathmandu, <b>I led a basic discipleship class</b>. Eventually that small training program transformed beyond its humble beginnings to become a college. It now provides a three year Bachelor of Theology Program which has just <b>graduated its fourth class of students</b>.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In support of rural pastors with limited education, NBBC also provides a Certificate Program of Theology. This program is decentralized into 4 remote areas and meets for one week quarterly – <b>taking the education opportunity out to nearly 100 rural pastors</b>. One location takes 4 days of overnight bus rides and walking on precarious mountain paths to reach, and is totally cut-off during the monsoon months of June-September.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">These pastors, appreciative for this opportunity, say:</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">“It is necessary to be trained in God’s word if we want to reflect Christ through our life or through the life of our church members. This program is being very supportive for me to be like Christ and to lead people in His way.”</span></i><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial">“We preach every week, but after the (homiletics) class, it showed my mistake… and now I know where I should focus to prepare a good sermon.”</span></i><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your gifts to the World Mission Offering make it possible for very remote rural pastors to get a limited theology education enhancing their limited education.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Your gifts to the World Mission Offering make it possible for educated young Christian adults to receive theological training, developing them into the future leaders of the Nepal Baptist Church Council.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your gifts to the World Mission Offering.</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span><br></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>494</o:Words> <o:Characters>2821</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>23</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>5</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3464</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <!--EndFragment--></p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/50242-on-the-caravan- https://internationalministries.org/read/50242-on-the-caravan- Hats... Hats... Hats!!! <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>545</o:Words> <o:Characters>3111</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>25</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>6</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3820</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Every day I am reminded of the choices of hats that face me.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When I go to the IM office, I ask myself, <b>“Which hat will I put on today</b>… </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">and for how long of the day will I wear it?</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In one hand is the black Nepali topi representing all the Nepalis with whom I remain in relationship. </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">In the other hand is a brightly colored lime green trimmed hat that represents my need to learn ALL the “millions” of details that go into the planning, preparation and coordinating the components of IM’s special events.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The Nepali topi represents my new role as non-resident missionary to Nepal. It is actually worn by a male wherever he goes, inside and out. Christians take it off when they pray, but put it right back on whether they are inside or out.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">I’ve seen little village boys playing outside with their friends wearing a topi on their head with little or no clothing on below their waist.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">No mother would let her son go outside without the most important piece of clothing!</span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">His topi!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Working alongside of Ben Chan in the IM office, I help to maintain relationships with the Nepal Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and the Human Development and Community Services (HDCS). I carry out some of my responsibilities by internet correspondence. Boy has the internet changed the world! When we were in Nepal in the 1980s round-trip correspondence with our area director usually took 6 weeks!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Just before officially starting at the IM offices in March, I was able to get a head start on maintaining those relationships with a trip to Nepal the end of January into February.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Although a stranger to no one at NBCC or HDCS, I was able to meet with the leaders in my new role, representing IM in a different way.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">At NBCC, the officers were delighted to have me present, saying “Oh, good. Now we can hold our meetings in Nepali.” And so we held our 2-hour meeting in Nepali, rather than English. At the end, <b>they presented to me a wooden map of Nepal</b>, which outlines its 75 districts as a reminder for me to pray for their goal of getting a Baptist influence in all of them by 2016.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">At HDCS, I led a 10-minute devotional in Nepali. It was a very special day, as it was the first day of the return of Tirtha Thapa, its Executive Director. He had just graduated with his PhD from the Chiang Mai University in Thailand. The staff asked me, in my new role, to <b>place the official welcome scarf around Tirtha</b> honoring his return presence to the office.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">And living in the US, I have the privilege of <b>hosting visiting Nepalis</b> and <b>those living in the US</b>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">The lime green trimmed hat is the one worn by Karen Mason, IM’s Director of Special Events, during Biennials and World Mission Conferences so she can be easily spotted in a crowd to solve any last minute problems. When I am wearing that hat during the day, I am learning how to relieve her of just some of the myriad of details of coordination and logistics of IM’s special events. The goal of these events is to help others see the hand of God at work around the world through the ministries of IM.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">When I come home, I see Bucky in his new hat…that of a <b>retired IM staff and missionary</b>. The celebration of his ministry was held in the first week of March: lots of people sharing <b>nice memories of his contribution</b> to their lives, lots of <b>good food</b>, lots of good fellowship, as well as a walk down memory lane through pictures of him from our time of service starting in the 1980’s to present.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">That’s a peek at the "Hats, Hats, Hats!" that are a part of my life everyday.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your prayers for us as we are adjusting to the juggling of our new hats.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your financial support to me and to the WMO, which makes it possible for us to wear new hats!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Thank you for your role in our juggling!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">Carole</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/48016-hats-hats-hats- https://internationalministries.org/read/48016-hats-hats-hats- A New Year... and New Beginnings <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>554</o:Words> <o:Characters>3162</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>26</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>6</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3883</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal">Happy New Year to you! <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With 2013 there are new beginnings in the Sydnor household.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Carole will begin a new term of service as a part-time single missionary from March 1, 2013. &nbsp;20% of her ministry will be to relate to the partners in Nepal with whom relationships have already been established while we were living there: the Nepal Baptist Church Council, and Human Development and Community Services. Her focus will be on promoting partner relationships, helping to recruit full time missionary personnel to send to Nepal, and screening and recommending projects in Nepal.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The other 80% of her time will be working at the International Ministries (IM) offices, helping with the coordination of major events. She will be based in the US, traveling to Nepal once or twice a year to meet with partners.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The first week of January Bucky had a surgical procedure on his paralyzed right vocal cord, into which the doctor injected a substance called Radiesse to help it close. That should correct his hoarseness, strengthen his voice and ease his need to frequently clear his throat. &nbsp;So far the procedure seems to have gone well.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">He has been working with MMBB on his pension, which is to start in March. He has also signed up for his social security to start then. And in addition, that means he has to make decisions about Medicare (Parts C and D, for those of you who have been down this road).</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Leading up to Christmas, Carole not only continued to unpack boxes to accommodate house guests, but also enjoyed the Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, and decorating in celebration of Advent. And during that time, she was processing her future. &nbsp;She had done the foot work to make some inquiries about working as a nurse again, but God did not do the leg work to open doors. So, it seemed God was not leading her that way.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">During the fall months, she asked God to lead her, praying, “Show me the next step for my life.” From her daily reading of <i>Jesus Calling, </i>God’s answers seemed to be: "Trust Me… I will lead you, as you focus on Me…&nbsp; don't be anxious… I will give you My peace."&nbsp; Eventually, she changed her prayer to, “Confirm that this is the right decision. Is this REALLY Your leading my thoughts?"&nbsp; And sure enough, God did!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nearly on a daily basis whenever she would pray an anxious prayer or a prayer for His confirmation, His words were very clear.... " I am your Shepherd."&nbsp; "My sheep know My voice and follow me." "You will hear My voice when you walk to the right or to the left." "I am the God of Peace!"</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Each step along the way pointed her to a “yes” to the 80/20 opportunity at IM. And so, sensing God’s confirmation of His leading in her life, Carole knew she should accept this new 80/20 position with IM as a staff/single missionary. &nbsp;Early in 2013 she told IM leadership she would be very happy to join them from March 1st.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">2012 culminated with the joyous celebration of a white Christmas in Royersford; we had a light snowfall on Christmas Eve – the first one we ever remembered having in Royersford!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Not only did the snow help to make Christmas special, but having our daughter, Valerie, and Bucky’s sister, Jeannie, with us made our celebration very special!&nbsp; We had lots of fun sitting around the table for breakfasts, lunches and dinners, talking and having a good time!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As the New Year begins, we are aware of how truly blessed we are to have supporters like yourselves that prayerfully followed us in our journey to Nepal and then back to the US. We are also truly thankful for your financial provision for us from many of you.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">And as our new journey begins March 1<sup>st</sup>, we do pray that you will continue to journey with Carole prayerfully and financially in her new role as Staff/Single Regional Missionary to Nepal, and remember Bucky as he transitions into retirement.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Thanking you,</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Carole and Bucky</p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 16:07:08 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/46420-a-new-year-and-new-beginnings https://internationalministries.org/read/46420-a-new-year-and-new-beginnings "Coming and going... forevermore" <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>414</o:Words> <o:Characters>2362</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>19</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>2900</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal">During my final days in Nepal, I was frequently reminded of our arrival in Nepal in 1979 when my eyes were drawn up for the first time to the breathtaking Kathmandu Valley mountains.<s><o:p></o:p></s></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The mountains surrounding the valley<b> </b>and the giant Himalayan mountains to the north, when seen on clear days, became a constant reminder to me then, and for the years to come,<b> </b>of the truth of the words of Psalm 121:1-2.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></o:p><i>“I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where does my help come?</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Whether from our apartment in <b>Besishahar or Kathmandu</b>, we had spectacular views of the world’s highest peaks.&nbsp; Because I had to physically look up to see them, they were a constant reminder that my Helper made those majestic mountains.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That psalm is full of what God does for us, ending with the words:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span>“The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”<o:p></o:p></i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I was very aware of God’s watching over me as I was bringing closure to so many relationships before my departure from Nepal:</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in">Our <b>Christian community</b>, <b>people in our daily lives</b>, and <b>my friends</b>;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in">Helping <b>“my library kids”</b> become independent with their own library membership and giving them some of their very own books purchased with money given by a special friend who supported the importance of their reading;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in">Having a good week teaching a basic discipleship course in Nepali to the <b>first year students at the Nepal Baptist Bible College</b>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">After my coming to the US, there were many other concrete ways we saw that God was watching over us, particularly in the purchasing of our car, then driving to North Carolina to <b>surprise our daughter, Jyoti,</b> for her <b>birthday</b>.&nbsp; And God continues to watch over us, as friends generously allow us to stay with them until we can move back into our own house.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But a journey isn’t only a trip. Life is a journey – a spiritual journey – and God created us to stay close to Him as we walk along our life-path. On our spiritual journey, even when we encounter the treacherous paths of uncertainty, we can walk without stumbling in the assurance of His never-ending watchfulness<b>, </b>knowing that God will watch over our coming and going.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The next step in our life’s journey appears to be down a road that has not yet been made clear to us. But, we walk with the assurance of this promise.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Wherever your life-path may be taking you, may you, too, be strengthened by the Creator who made the heavens higher than the Himalayan Mountains, knowing that God will watch over your coming and going.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now is the time of year that American Baptist churches are receiving the World Mission Offering for the ministries of International Ministries. Your giving to that offering is one of the things that has made it possible for us to minister in Nepal.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Thank you very much for your support of the World Mission Offering.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:49:13 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/44771-coming-and-going-forevermore- https://internationalministries.org/read/44771-coming-and-going-forevermore- My Plans.... His Plans.... <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>704</o:Words> <o:Characters>4014</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>33</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>8</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>4929</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal">“I’m Dinesh!” exclaimed a middle-aged Nepali man with a familiar face.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">“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.</p><p class="MsoNormal">I looked more closely and sure enough, I now recognized the face of the language teacher we had 33 years ago. That young man, whom I now remembered, has graying hair and a middle-aged spread, is married with 4 children; their youngest child is finishing her undergraduate college degree while her siblings are all studying or working outside of Nepal.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The simple language skills we were learning then are in stark contrast to our now reading in 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> grade level grammar books with our present language teacher, Suman.</p><p class="MsoNormal">33 years has brought a lot of change!</p><p class="MsoNormal">Now, during load-shedding hours we use a solar generated battery for lighting our rooms instead of candles.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Blowing their whistle to announce their impending arrival, garbage collectors, pulling their heavy-laden bicycle rickshaws down little lanes and major roads, now come three times a week to pick up household refuse. Whereas before, the refuse was just thrown anywhere on the streets.&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Now, cookies are made in our gas stove with an oven, instead of in a very large frying pan used as an oven.&nbsp; This is one of the many household goods now available that weren’t anywhere to be seen in the 1980’s.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Now the monarchy no longer rules the country, but a federal multiparty representative democratic republic – with all its bumps – is trying to govern the country: no longer a Hindu Kingdom, Nepal now is a Federal Democratic Republic.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The remote village of Buling Tar, where we lived a short time in 1980 was a 6-hour bus ride followed by a 12-16 hour walk, depending on how fast I could walk!&nbsp; Now has a passable road reaching it. Then the only Nepali Christians were the community health nurse, who operated a small health clinic, and her husband<i>. </i>When I met that nurse at Lamjung Hospital, she told me that there are small church fellowships in every village serviced by the now closed health.</p><p class="MsoNormal">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.</p><p class="MsoNormal">But, I knew there were goals I still needed to accomplish!</p><p class="MsoNormal">I began to concentrate intently on finishing the translation into Nepali of a spiritual discipline I enjoy of praising the different names and qualities of God each day.</p><p class="MsoNormal">For the students studying in English at the Nepal Baptist Bible College, I figured out how to add the English sentences to the Nepali version of the Discipleship Class I taught to Nepali Lay Leaders, so they could study it and eventually teach it to other Nepalis.</p><p class="MsoNormal">I began to think about how to get Shristi and Pooju, the daughters of a nearby shopkeeper, independent so they would be able to go to the library themselves and pick their own books like Gopini’s daughter Sakchi does. <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/42056-one-book-at-a-time">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/42056-one-book-at-a-time</a></p><p class="MsoNormal">I FINALLY was also able to introduce a young boy, who I’ve met frequently walking on our street, to the library and began a follow-up to get his own card and his ability to choose books for himself.</p><p class="MsoNormal">With those goals in line to be accomplished by mid-fall, I felt good about my progress.</p><p class="MsoNormal">But, then on Saturday, June 2, things drastically changed.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Bucky suffered a stroke at home that afternoon.&nbsp; After two days in the hospital where our missionary colleagues work, we flew to Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand for further treatment.</p><p class="MsoNormal">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 loose 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.&nbsp; He leaves July 4 for the US. I will stay in Nepal and pack up our apartment, and bring closure to nearly 16 years of living here.</p><p class="MsoNormal">How fast plans and goals change!</p><p class="MsoNormal">God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 is what I find myself clinging to: <i>“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.”</i></p><p class="MsoNormal">The morning of June 2, I had no idea how our lives would change within just a few hours.&nbsp; It isn’t easy to understand. But, I am claiming this promise!</p><p class="MsoNormal">May the strength found in this promise help you in your life’s journey.</p><p class="MsoNormal">~<i>Carole</i></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:53:12 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/43464-my-plans-his-plans- https://internationalministries.org/read/43464-my-plans-his-plans- One Book at a Time <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>506</o:Words> <o:Characters>2889</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>24</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>5</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3547</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><i>“Are all these story books for us to read?”</i> asked 12-year-old wide-eyed Nirmala when we entered the children’s section of the AWON back in 2007.&nbsp; The library, a few minutes walk from our apartment, was started by a handful of American women over 40 years ago. Among other things, it has the largest selection of children’s books in English in Nepal, including many Sydnor books donated in 1987 when we left Nepal.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Nirmala’s mother works as a cleaner at the office of Radio Sagarmatha, right across the street from where we lived at the time. Seeing <b>Nirmala and her sister, Bhirmala, often walking on the road</b> to their mom’s work place, I quickly became their friend. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">One day I took them to the AWON Library. Their eyes glistened with joy, full of happiness at what a library offered. Eagerly they joined the library, with me as their sponsor, and started their journey of reading more than just their schoolbooks. Now, five years later, Nirmala is an English Literature major in her first two years of college, equivalent to the last two year of high school in the US.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Now that we once again live in Kathmandu and near to where we used to live, I returned to buying daily groceries from <b>Arjun’s small shop</b>. His daughters, now 10 and 8, were happy to see me back.&nbsp; In talking with them, I again discovered two more sisters interested in reading English language books. So I thought I would see if they could visit the library with me and possibly take out a membership.&nbsp; At first, their parents were unsupportive; they kept saying that their daughters know how to read and they were hesitant to work out a time when I could take their daughters to the library.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But, after many efforts, I finally got their parents to let them go, just once. That was all it took. Seeing their daughters’ joy after that first visit, they have become very cooperative in arranging a time for me to take their daughters, Shristi and Pooja, to the library.</p><p class="MsoNormal">As with Nirmala and Bhirmala, this is all new to Shristi and Pooja. <b>So I do need to help them find books they will enjoy.</b> Getting them to be able to choose books on their own is going to be a long-term project.&nbsp; Their mother isn’t interested in going with them; indeed, it may be embarrassing that they can read these books, while she cannot.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">These two young readers are actually the third set of sisters I’ve introduced to the AWON Library.&nbsp; As you may have guessed, years ago the first girls I sponsored to join the library were Gopini’s two daughters, <b>Sonu, who is now in medical school in China</b>, and Sakchi, now in 5<sup>th</sup> grade. &nbsp;As with the others, when they first started to go to the library, I had to go with them to help them find books they’d like to read. Sakchi, like Shristi, is 10 years old. But Sakchi, with her years of experience of going to the library, now goes regularly by herself and chooses her own books: <i>Baby-Sitter’s Club</i>, <i>Nancy Drew</i> and Enid Blyton books are now among her favorites.&nbsp; Gopini tells me that from <b>Sakchi’s waking moment to when she falls asleep she has a book in her hand</b>!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Reading a book is something I took for granted when I was young. But here in Nepal, it is different for young children. If their parents don’t read English or Nepali, or if they read very poorly, they do not know the value of reading, much less appreciate it.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It has been one of the joys of living here that I have been able to help change the world of a few young Nepali girls who crossed my path, one book at a time.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Joyfully,</p><p class="MsoNormal">Carole</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 04:14:13 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/42056-one-book-at-a-time https://internationalministries.org/read/42056-one-book-at-a-time A Tale of Two Cities <p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>433</o:Words> <o:Characters>2473</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>20</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>4</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>3037</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">It started in Kathmandu the first week of December.</span><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Christmas is coming! The weather changed quickly! It became cold!</span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">We pulled out our flannel sheets and heavy blankets.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">We started wearing layers of clothes to fight off the chilled air inside the house.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">We were greeted with <b>early morning fog</b> or frost with even the <b>full moon still shining!</b> In our garden and the other houses around us, the <b>poinsettia plants</b>, reaching to the sky, burst into their bright red colors!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">With Advent having starting, we set up our <b>nativity set</b> and Advent wreath.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Hotels started holding Food Fairs, with their chefs making exquisite foreign Christmas foods. The lobbies were decorated with red balls, brightly colored lights, and festive streamers.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Holiday Bazaars a-plenty, providing people (foreigners mainly) chances to purchase Christmas gifts. The Kathmandu Chorale sang its Holiday Program.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Meanwhile, in Talui, Manipur, India, the members of Talui Baptist Church were getting ready for its&nbsp;</span> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Characters>5</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>6</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><span style="font-size: 12pt; "><font face="Arial">100</font><sup><font face="Arial">th</font>&nbsp;</sup></span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Anniversary</span><b style="font-family: Arial; ">, </b><span style="font-family: Arial; ">their Centenary Celebration, December 16-19</span><sup style="font-family: Arial; ">th</sup><span style="font-family: Arial; ">.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">The <b>centennial choir</b> and invited choirs from surrounding villages were practicing their songs.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Arial; "><b>Young adults learned their traditional dances</b> for the cultural show.</span><span style="font-family: Arial; ">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">On Thursday, December 15</span><sup style="font-family: Arial; ">th</sup><span style="font-family: Arial; ">, we left Kathmandu and flew to Imphal, Manipur in Northeast India. Then we drove 4 hours to the remote village of Talui to join the other <b>3,000 participants</b> to celebrate this village’s 100 years of </span><i style="font-family: Arial; ">Turning from Darkness to Light</i><span style="font-family: Arial; ">: the villagers, the Tangkhul Nagas, had turned from being head hunters to following Jesus!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">What a magnificent celebration it was! <b>Bucky opened the celebration</b> with the unveiling of the monolith in commemoration of this event. <b>Special choirs</b> and musicians performed songs in praise to our Lord. Speakers, including Bucky, spoke on <i>“Called to Witness”</i>, <i>“Called to Lead”</i>, and <i>“Called to Serve.”</i></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">My turn to speak was on Sunday. <b>Grace</b>, my interpreter for my sermon on <i>“Called to Bear Fruit,” </i>is the granddaughter of the first pastor of this church. Her grandmother – who eventually died at the age of 114 – had been praying for someone to follow in her husband’s footsteps. And now Grace, along with her sister and brother, are in full-time ministry.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">It truly was a glorious way for me to spend the fourth Sunday Advent: as the choir sang the </span><i style="font-family: Arial; ">Hallelujah Chorus</i><span style="font-family: Arial; "> in the Tangkhul language, I joined them in English. Tears rolled down my checks in appreciation for our being invited to join this village church’s 100 years celebration of their turning<i> from darkness to light</i>.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Having returned to Kathmandu, we now are finishing the preparations for our celebration of Christmas.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>44</o:Words> <o:Characters>255</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>2</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>313</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial">The words of the Christmas Carol, <i>“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” </i>keeps going around in my head as I think about the wonderful reality that the Lord came to this village so many years ago, and as I remember the joy I saw on the <b>faces of the people of Talui Baptist Church</b> who have received their King.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>33</o:Words> <o:Characters>191</o:Characters> <o:Company>BIM- IM</o:Company> <o:Lines>1</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>1</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>234</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--><!--EndFragment--> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">May the words of a Christmas Carol you hear bring you new joy this season.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial">Celebrating the <i>wonders of His love,</i><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Arial; ">Carole</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><u><span style="font-family:Arial"><o:p><span style="text-decoration:none">&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></u></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:Arial"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:28:22 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40856-a-tale-of-two-cities https://internationalministries.org/read/40856-a-tale-of-two-cities With Thanksgiving for a New Beginning <p></p><p class="MsoNormal">Sonu went off to medical school in Dali, China last week. She is the daughter of Gopini, the woman who works in our house.&nbsp; Sonu’s father is a non-skilled worker in a government office.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p>That indeed was <b>a BIG day for Sonu and her family</b>, as the journey for her hasn’t been easy.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">When she was a middle school student, studying wasn’t important to her, despite her mother’s scolding. She was a bit of a rebellious teenager and did not take school very seriously. Seeing in her the ability to get better grades, Sonu’s teachers had challenged her to study harder. Yet, she didn’t pay attention. But, one day in 9<sup>th</sup> Grade at a new school a teacher held a completion to see who could get the best grades. Sonu jumped to the challenge.&nbsp; Of all things, that motivated her to do start studying.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Not only did she do very well, she went on to become one of the students to whom other students would come for help. She scored in the highest percentile in her 10<sup>th</sup> Grade national test. She then went on to major in science, once again getting very high marks when she finished the equivalent of our high school degree two years later.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Her next goal was to go to college to study for her MBBS degree, a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, which is the first level of the professional medical degree in Asia and England. Last year she managed to hold her head up, even though she took many tests for admissions to different medical colleges in Nepal but was passed over.&nbsp; However, this year was different .</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">With Bucky and I having moved back to Kathmandu, I was able to help Gopini and Sonu as we visited various offices representing different medical colleges in Nepal. We learned that because of her parents’ financial situation, neither Sonu nor her parents qualified for a bank college loan. Many times we’d return home discouraged by what we had learned that day. Academically Sonu was very qualified to study medicine, but not financially.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Oh, how I prayed for God to open up the doors for Sonu to become a doctor, her childhood dream.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Then, in September it finally happened!</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">An opportunity to go to Dali University in Yunnan, China opened up for her! She will study for five and a half years for her MBBS degree – the equivalent of completing medical school in the US. The program is in English, in which Sonu has been studying all of her academic life. From her first semester, she will also study Mandarin to prepare her for seeing Chinese patients starting in her third year.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">This past October, two of Nepal’s most major festivals of the year, as big as our Thanksgiving and Christmas, occured: <b>Dashain, when family members give each other a blessing, symbolized in the form of rice mixed with yogurt and red power, placed on the forehead</b>; and Tihar, not only celebrating with lights and candles, but <b>eating special food especially “sel roti.”</b> Because of the academic schedule in China, this year was Sonu’s last year at home with her family for these festivals for 5 years. So, celebrating these festivals was a bittersweet time for her and her family.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Getting to this point has not been easy for Sonu. And the next part of her journey will be even more demanding. [As I write this, we have heard that the upperclassmen have started harassing the new students last night, and Sonu was so upset about it she called her mother, and crying, asked to come home.] <b>Please pray for Sonu with us as she begins her college experience in a different country, away from her family and friends.</b> Also pray that as she moves towards her life goal, God will prepare the way for her to return to Nepal and serve her people.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">On this Thanksgiving Day, we are very grateful for being able to be a part of this young woman’s life.We are also thankful for your interest, prayers and support in our ministry here in Nepal.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Sonu, the daughter of a domestic worker and unskilled government worker, on her way to become a doctor!&nbsp; What a story!</p><p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;<br></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <!--EndFragment--><p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/40365-with-thanksgiving-for-a-new-beginning https://internationalministries.org/read/40365-with-thanksgiving-for-a-new-beginning Monsoon, Muddy Roads, and Mangoes <span style="font-weight: bold;">The monsoon arrived right on schedule</span> this year—the middle of June—which was a relief to the farmers. It has blown northwestward, up from India, arriving late in Nepal for the last several years; thus creating a shortage of rainfall, resulting in the rice crops being planted later than they should be. Nepal so badly needs a good monsoon this year. But the prospects of a good monsoon, lots of rain, however, are not without its own problems.<br><br>With the monsoon and its rains having arrived, we make a point to never go anywhere without carrying our umbrella. Even if the sun is shining when we leave the house, we always must be sure we are carrying it, as a black cloud could appear out of nowhere and drench us at a moment’s notice!<br><br>The monsoon rains bring <span style="font-weight: bold;">muddy roads</span>… and hopefully vehicle drivers slow down as they drive through the potholes full of muddy water so they don’t splash the pedestrians, including me, as we’re walking around the potholes.<br><br>The monsoon rains also play havoc with internet services in Nepal (don’t ask me how!). And, sadly, the monsoon rains means that the cuckoo bird is gone. (<a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/35198">http://www.internationalministries.org/read/35198</a>).&nbsp; So, instead of hearing the song of the cuckoo bird, I hear the sounds of gentle rain falling.<br><br>Monsoon brings mangos, <span style="font-weight: bold;">sweet juicy mangoes</span>, which are a wonderful reward during the rainy muddy days, with its juice dripping down to our elbows as we enjoy this sweet treat.<br><br>One day this week my devotional reading was Psalm 72. Verse 6 spoke to me during this time of monsoon rains and muddy streets. The Psalmist David says the following about the Lord: <span style="font-style: italic;">“He will be like the rain falling on the mown field, like showers watering the earth.”&nbsp; </span><br><br>That, I thought, is a good way to think about the monsoon rain and the muddy streets and inconsiderate drivers. God is like this monsoon rain coming down ever so gently, <span style="font-weight: bold;">bringing water for the rice fields</span>, bringing life to the land, and so to its people. <br><br>David ends the Psalm with this: “… <span style="font-weight: bold; font-style: italic;">May the whole earth be filled with his glory</span>.” Wherever you are, may you find symbols in your everyday life of <span style="font-weight: bold;">God’s glory filling the earth</span>, as the rain does for us here in Nepal. <br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">"Umbrella Carrying"</span> Carole<br><br> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/37213-monsoon-muddy-roads-and-mangoes https://internationalministries.org/read/37213-monsoon-muddy-roads-and-mangoes Ready for Change? <br><span style="font-style: italic;">“Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo….” </span>Sings the cuckoo bird to its heart’s content, as its melodious refrain, which I have been enjoying, fills the air. In Kathmandu the joyous singing of the cuckoo bird heralds the arrival of spring. <br><br>Other things are different:<br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">The sweet fragrance of jasmine fades as the <span style="font-weight: bold;">honeysuckle now permeates the air.</span></span><br style="font-style: italic;"><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The “good morning” sun kisses my face with its golden rays, as it shines through our bedroom curtains. </span><br style="font-style: italic;"><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The whistle of the garbage collector announces his arrival at peoples’ gates as he has come down the street pulling his bicycle trash collection bin full to overflowing with smelly garbage.</span><br><br>We are constantly reminded of the electricity shortage:<br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">The buzzing alarm of a neighbor’s inverter sends its warning throughout the neighborhood that it is depleted of all its power: it will supply no more electricity until its battery has been re-charged after the present session of load shedding is over.</span><br style="font-style: italic;"><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Workmen ask what time we have electricity in our apartment in order to plan when they can come to complete their work, whether its hanging curtain rods and towel racks, or fixing electric lights and switches. &nbsp;</span><br style="font-style: italic;"><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We only use our appliances when we have city electricity in 3-5 hour increments daily. For the 14 hours a day that we lose electricity, <span style="font-weight: bold;">a solar panel on our roof </span>provides us with limited lights in our apartment. &nbsp;</span><br><br>So many different things surround us this spring in Kathmandu that we did not experience in Besishahar last spring. <br><br>Living in our apartment brings more change.&nbsp; It has both new and old friends!&nbsp; The landlord and his wife, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Shatya Bati,</span> live immediately below us on the second floor; she and I are fast becoming friends, as all of our kids have grown and we both have the same number of decades of life-experience.&nbsp; On the first floor lives Dinesh, our former language teacher from when we first arrived in 1979, with his wife and youngest daughter. <br><br>Thinking about adjusting to all these changes, I was intrigued by one of my daily Lenten mediations in <span style="font-style: italic;">Journeying through Lent with Mark</span>, by Greg Weyrauch. He titled his remarks on Mark 2:18-22 <span style="font-style: italic;">“Are you ready for change?”</span> Referring to <span style="font-style: italic;">“no one puts new wine in old wineskins…but new wine”</span> he comments “tradition can be paralyzing.&nbsp; It can keep us from change, from stretching ourselves and opening ourselves to new approaches to faith and life.” <br><br>Here in Kathmandu, we find God once again giving us new opportunities to stretch ourselves. Jesus’ resurrection opens the way for all of us to experience new life, with new hope and new power. &nbsp;<br><br>May the celebration of Easter this year fill you and me, fill us, with new life.<br><br><span style="font-style: italic;">Carole</span><br><br> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/35198-ready-for-change- https://internationalministries.org/read/35198-ready-for-change- "I know the plans I have for you...." <span style="font-style: italic;">….plans to give you a hope and a future.”</span><br><br>Jeremiah 29:11<br><br><br>I find these words running through my mind, as we are making plans to return to Kathmandu to live and for Bucky to work in the HDCS office there. And so, almost a year to the day of arriving on Bucky’s birthday last February, on Thursday, February 10, we are moving from our little community in Besishahar and the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Lamjung Community District Hospital, all under the shadow of the Lamjung Himal. </span><br><br>The process of leaving has begun. As a parting tribute to them, let me introduce you to some people with whom we relate: the people we will be missing when we leave Besishahar, the relationships we will be sad to end. <br><br>Our day starts with the arrival of the <span style="font-weight: bold;">bread man, pushing his cart</span>, and selling buns made daily and small loaves of bread. Every day before breakfast, I go downstairs to meet him with money for his bread.<br><br>After spending the first half of the morning with <span style="font-weight: bold;">Yub Raj, </span>the hospital director, in his office, Bucky has <span style="font-weight: bold;">tea at Gupta’s shop</span> and later goes to the <span style="font-weight: bold;">stationery shop </span>to get our daily newspaper.<br><br>Meanwhile, I can be seen <span style="font-weight: bold;">buying eggs</span> from the shop across the road from where we live; or buying fruit at <span style="font-weight: bold;">Bishnu’s shop</span>, and then sitting in the winter sun with his wife, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Sarswati</span>, to get warm.&nbsp; With yet two more stationery shops across the corner from each other, I get photocopying done at one shop, and buy my phone recharge card at another.&nbsp; I often spend time chatting with the local seamstress whose feet are moving a mile a minute as she sews on her trundle sewing machine.&nbsp; Walking back to our apartment, I greet the moms who are holding their small children in their arms, and try to get their little ones to smile by calling myself their “white face grandmother.” Everyone who hears my words laughs with me!<br><br>We occasionally go to Gori’s shop for our Nepali lunch meal of rice, lentils, vegetable and chicken curry. <br><br>On Thursday mornings, <span style="font-weight: bold;">6 women come to our house for a Bible Study</span>. A few are illiterate but come to enjoy the reading and discussion of the Bible Study. <br><br>Saturdays we go to the little Baptist church at which <span style="font-weight: bold;">Bucky has preached </span>several times and administers communion. This <span style="font-weight: bold;">handful of Christians</span> really enjoys singing and praising God during the prayer time. <br><br>Then after church, we often walk a bit farther up the hill to this <span style="font-weight: bold;">new believer</span> and sister-in-Christ’s shop. At her shop we can get more “western-type” food from Kathmandu, which the shops around our apartment don’t carry. <br><br>I wrote about the landlord’s family, (see <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/read/24837">Ashika, Aama and Surekala Journal</a>) with whom we relate daily. Ashika, the 4 year-old daughter, continues to bring us joy as she confidently comes into our apartment to play “store” with our various containers of nuts and raisins, or making “bubble tea” with a tea strainer, soap and water.&nbsp; (She got mumps this week, poor thing.)<br><br>And so with sadness in our hearts from leaving these friends, and many more unmentioned, we move forward believing God knows His plan for us.&nbsp; <br><br>Our prayers will continue for the staff at the hospital, as it ministers as a light in this community; for the little church and the women from the Bible Study, as they grow in their faith; and for this new Christian sister as she begins her new life in God’s family. <br><br>May you rest in the confidence that God knows His plan for you, too. <br><br>Carole<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br> Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/32499-i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you- https://internationalministries.org/read/32499-i-know-the-plans-i-have-for-you- Go Tell It On the Mountain <span style="font-style: italic;">"Go Tell It on the Mountain...</span><br style="font-style: italic;"><br style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-style: italic;">...that Jesus Christ is born.”</span><br><br>The words of that Christmas Carol have come alive to me in a new way, as Bucky and I met Venulhu, the son of the first Christian convert in Nagaland, a state in northeast India. We had been invited by our missionary colleagues in Nepal, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Demo and Ashenu</span> from Nagaland, to attend their church’s Golden Jubilee. So, we traveled with them to Nagaland. One of the days before the celebration, we drove three hours from Kohima to Demo’s village of Chozuba. It was there, way up in the mountains, this song took on a new meaning for me. <br><br>Many, many years ago American Baptist missionaries took that song seriously and went to the mountains of the Nagaland people –the head-hunter tribes of Nagaland – with the Good News of Jesus’ birth.&nbsp; Years later Bob and Helen DeLano, whom we knew from our home church, came and served the Naga Christians in this area as some of the last missionaries to Nagaland. Ashenu’s father was a teacher who taught with Bob DeLano in the school in Kohima. <br><br>And now more than 20 years after personally hearing from Bob and Helen their stories of Nagaland, we were way up in this remote mountain village of Chozuba meeting people with whom the DeLanos ministered. Bucky and I were meeting 81-year old, Venulhu, who was 20 years old when he knew Bob DeLano. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Venulhu</span> was pastor of the Chozuba Village Baptist Church for 26 years and has been in ministry 58 years. We met 70 year old <span style="font-weight: bold;">Dunuyi</span>, also remembering Bob’s presence there, whose father had been one of the church’s first deacons, who himself was still a deacon in the church.&nbsp; Coming down from his residence in the church’s prayer tower,<span style="font-weight: bold;"> Bobu,</span> at 101 years of age, grinning from ear to ear greeted us warmly. The present pastor, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Vesavo</span>, whose parents decades ago persecuted Demo’s parents when they became Christians, was at the church, as well.<br><br>Up there on the mountain top, we were surrounded by the visible results of the ministry of those now among our great cloud of witnesses who came years ago to these mountains to tell the good news that Jesus Christ is born! Needless to say, it was a very humbling and moving experience.<br><br>This experience made the previous day, when we attended the annual Hornbill Festival, even more unique. Named after the country’s national bird, this Hornbill Festival is a time when all the 17 tribes of Nagaland gather together in the ethnic dress of their tribe and perform dances from their culture. It was a day filled with the steady rhythms of beating drums leading the <span style="font-weight: bold;">dancing feet</span>, brightly colored hand-woven clothing and <span style="font-weight: bold;">smiling faces</span> both reflecting each tribal group’s different ethnicity. <br><br>Sitting in the semi-circular arena, <span style="font-weight: bold;">all faces </span>watched the tribe in the center perform its own <span style="font-weight: bold;">ethnic dance</span>, each dance having a specific meaning. This country has moved from being head-hunters and expecting the specific dances to control the events in their lives to being a country with 95% of the Naga people being Christians. These two days in juxtaposition were a visible testimony to the power of the good news <span style="font-style: italic;">“that Jesus Christ is born.” </span><br><br>God honored the ministries of those over years past who heeded the words of the song to “Go Tell It on the Mountains… that Jesus Christ is born,” our Savior, who has brought redeeming life to these head-hunter tribes tucked away in the isolated mountains of Nagaland, who now, years later, are also preparing to celebrate the birth of their Savior. <br><br>The words of that Christmas Carol now have a new meaning to me.<br><br>May God give you a new meaning to one of the familiar Christmas Carols you sing this Christmas Season as we all prepare our hearts to celebrate <span style="font-style: italic;">that Jesus Christ is born!</span><br><br>Merry Christmas to you from Nepal, <br><br>Carole<br><br> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/30472-go-tell-it-on-the-mountain https://internationalministries.org/read/30472-go-tell-it-on-the-mountain "Deushi Re" “Deushi Re”<br><br>…….“<span style="font-style: italic;">Deushi Re</span>,”….... “<span style="font-style: italic;">Deushi Re,</span>”….... “<span style="font-style: italic;">Deushi Re</span>,” were the words we heard through our window being sung late into the night. A group of singers, accompanied by <span style="font-weight: bold;">drummers</span>, were responding to their song leader’s verse with this traditional chorus—and with all their might!<br><br>And so we knew that the celebration of Tihar had officially begun: a five-day festival, the second largest in Nepal, when people travel back to their parent’s home, and eat delicious food, special to the season, lovingly cooked by mothers, sisters, and daughters.<br><br>Groups of people—elementary aged boys and girls, teens, young adults and older adults—gather around their song leader, singing the Deushi Re song.&nbsp; Going from house to house, they sing and dance late into the night, collecting money and special sweets for their effort. <br><br>Here in Besishahar, in the late afternoon into the late evening, <span style="font-weight: bold;">groups of Gurung young women</span>, dressed in their ethnic clothing, lined the streets below our apartment and <span style="font-weight: bold;">danced solo versions</span> of their ethnic dance to music from a loud boom box. Young men from the area would join them for a few fancy steps, to shouts from the crowd, and then make a <span style="font-weight: bold;">small monetary gift</span> for that privilege. <br><br>From our apartment we could here the music blaring a rhythmic beat, crowds cheering for the dancer, and everyone enjoying the moment full of color and sound. <br><br>As darkness falls, we saw strings of blinking colored <span style="font-weight: bold;">lights hanging from houses,</span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">candles brightly burning lined on porches</span>, multi-colored paper streamers hung, and pots of blooming marigolds giving a festive hue. The lights are believed to provide a path for the goddess of prosperity, Lakshmi, to each home where it is hoped she would come and bless it. Firecrackers explode in the background as darkness descends. <br><br>This festival’s climax is on the final day when sisters give their brothers a special blessing honor.<br><br>During this time, in our building, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Aama’s five sisters</span> gathered together from villages along the mountainside to honor their only brother who traveled from Kathmandu. Aama’s daughter also came from Kathmandu to honor her own brother, our landlord. Meanwhile, our landlord’s wife just walked up the hill opposite our home to her parent’s home to meet her four sisters coming from different places to give a special honor to their brother who also came from Kathmandu. <br><br>The five days are a time of happiness, eating special food, singing and music, marigold garlands, lights and firecrackers.<br><br>But even more special to me was the excitement of two Christian friends from the hospital. Their excitement, filling the room when I was talking to them, was a result of Prison Fellowship – Nepal’s three day training program on prison visitation, helped by International Ministries, and held around the time of Tihar. They had not known anything about prison ministry and visitation, although they had an interest. Through my contacts they were able to attend this seminar and learn more about prison visitation ministry. &nbsp;<br><br>When they came back from the conference, they were so excited! They were so full of energy they quickly met with their church’s pastor to tell him what they had learned. Now their church is making plans to have a special program at the local prison for Christmas. Their hope is that this will be the start of regular visitation there.<br><br>Please pray that the seeds sown at the seminar in the lives of these two people will grow and bloom into a Christian ministry bringing hope and new life to those in prison here in Besishahar. <br><br>With the encouraging excitement of my friends’ joy in being able to start a prison visitation ministry here, my memory of Tihar, in all its joy and happiness, will never be the same. <br><br>Thank you for your partnership with us here in Besishahar,<br><br>Carole<br><br><br><br> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/29307-deushi-re- https://internationalministries.org/read/29307-deushi-re- Ashika, Aama and Surekala <span style="font-style: italic;">“Hello! Hello!,”</span> she shouts from our front door in her small sweet voice, which gets louder and louder if we don’t come right away.&nbsp; With that we know that <span style="font-weight: bold;">Ashika</span>, our landlord’s daughter, has stopped by for a visit. When I get to the door, she continues with<span style="font-style: italic;"> “Namaste! Good morning. How are you? I am fine.”</span> Her slightly confused conversational skills give away her age of 3 years.<br><br>Then she <span style="font-weight: bold;">asks if we can water the flowers</span> in the pots I have around the front door and stairway porch.&nbsp; So, I bring the water and <span style="font-weight: bold;">she lovingly pours the water on the plants.</span>&nbsp; This is now our morning routine, but we were not always friends. <br><br>When we first arrived in February, she was quite shy, grabbing and hiding behind her mother’s skirt, so she couldn’t see us, nor we her, as they walked upstairs to their kitchen above ours. &nbsp;<br><br>In April she started in Nursery Class at school learning simple English sentences that she would say aloud practicing them while walking up the stairs. My responding to her English sentences gave her the courage to stop and use them with me. Since our speaking Nepali to her helped in her becoming more accustomed to our being here, she eventually lost her fear. Since she eagerly learns whatever is taught, when I blow her a kiss when she departs, she catches it and blows one back. While I was thinking <span style="font-style: italic;">‘what child doesn’t like to play with water,’ </span>as she watched me watering the plants one day, she decided the next day that she was up to such a fun task.&nbsp; And so our budding relationship blossomed. <br><br>Now feeling confident, she pulls opens the curtain hanging over our front door and calls <span style="font-style: italic;">“Hello! Hello!”</span> and ventures a few steps into our apartment just to find out what I’m doing in the kitchen, or to greet us and then tell us she’s going either upstairs or downstairs, and says, <span style="font-style: italic;">“good bye,”</span> blowing and catching kisses as she continues on her way. &nbsp;<br><br>During the day <span style="font-weight: bold;">Ashika and her mother, Surekala,</span> who teaches at the same school, are gone. So, when I go upstairs to hang out the laundry, I meet Aama, Ashika’s grandmother, who being lonely always invites me to <span style="font-weight: bold;">sit with her in the shade of the hallway.</span>&nbsp; Even though she’s hard of hearing, we sit and talk together, primarily about our families. She has a hard time understanding the differences in our cultures. She does not understand why we are not busy finding spouses for our unmarried children. Or how can it be that our children, Bryan and Valerie, aren’t living in our house and that Jyoti and Wes aren’t living with Wes’ family? Yet she tells her friends about <span style="font-weight: bold;">our friendship</span> and our differences quite accurately, so I know she has understood what I have said.<br><br>And yet, we do have similarities. Her son is the eldest, followed by two daughters, just like my children. Her two daughters live in Kathmandu and Pokhara, not here in Besishahar, where she lives with her son and his family. We join together in missing our daughters. And both of us experience the aches and pains of growing older.<br><br>Though we are the same age—indeed, I might be slightly older than she—I still call her Aama, which means <span style="font-style: italic;">‘mother,’</span> as she is the respected senior member in her family household. Indeed, it was her vote of approval, not his wife’s, in the decision that the landlord would move his family out of the rooms in which they were living so we could live in them. <br><br>Even though Surekala is a busy wife, mother, daughter-in-law, and teacher, she still has time to answer my questions about how to cook some vegetables I’ve never seen before, or help me separate the stones from the lentils I’m cleaning. <br><br>You’ve just met the female members of our new extended family whom I relate to everyday.&nbsp; It is wonderful to have good relations with our landlord’s family and to enjoy their company daily.&nbsp; Jesus said we are to let our light shine in the world. Pray for my being a light to them in our daily encounters. <br><br>Your praying for us, giving to our support and the World Mission Offering allows us to be a light here in Besishahar. <br><br>Please pray that our light will bring Him glory.<br><br>Thanking you,<br><br>Carole<br><br><br> Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/24837-ashika-aama-and-surekala https://internationalministries.org/read/24837-ashika-aama-and-surekala New Things in the Nepali New Year Nepal’s new year started on April 14th and what new things it has brought! <br><br>On the national scale, the deadline for writing the constitution was extended 12 months. Thankfully, everyone is ignoring the fact that the extension occurred a few hours after everything expired, partly because no one really knew what had actually “expired” and what had not. So they agreed to not worry about it. That agreement was a big nation-saver. We asked for your prayers about this last April, and we are most thankful for them. The country has been spared a serious constitutional crisis.<br><br>The Nepali new year has also seen the monsoon starting just a bit late. With the coming of the rains, <span style="font-weight: bold;">fields are prepared for planting</span> <span style="font-weight: bold;">rice</span>—so very important—and hydro-electric dams get “topped off”—not unimportant, to say the least! There are now <span style="font-weight: bold;">misty mornings </span>in contrast to a different kind of view of the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Lamjung Himal.</span> <br><br>At the hospital, the biggest thing the Nepali <span style="font-weight: bold;">new year has brought is a surgeon</span>. He arrived just after the monsoon, and his arrival is such an important help to the hospital. In the last 52 weeks the hospital has not had a resident surgeon; there have only been visiting surgeons and then for a total of 8 weeks. So people who needed surgery had to go elsewhere. Even so, over 40,000 people will have come to the hospital for treatment these last 12 months.<br><br>An added bonus is that the new surgeon is a Christian, adding to the Christian leadership at the hospital. <br><br>On a different note, <span style="font-weight: bold;">two medical students have come to the Lamjung Hospital</span>; Rachel, from Britain, and Deborah, from France. They have come for their “medical elective;” a time when they have an opportunity to go wherever they want several weeks and observe medicine practices in that country. They have come to Besishahar and their boldness sometimes staggers the mind. Neither has ever been to Nepal before nor speaks Nepali. Yet they flew into Kathmandu and were met by a HDCS staff person who carefully put them on a bus to Besishahar. For that 6-8 hour ride they had no one who spoke much English at all. But they both arrived safely. Bucky assisted in their orientation at the hospital; Carole oriented them to life in Besishahar. Since neither of them has a refrigerator in their room, we “took pity on them” and have them join us for breakfast everyday.&nbsp; That has been a treat for them, and for us as well. It is interesting what simple things become such a blessing!<br><br>Finally, the close of the Nepali old year is the time that the hospital prepares plans for the new fiscal year, which starts mid-July. Part of the plans are that the hospital will be fully staffed, including another surgeon who is already on the way, and functioning at a higher level than it does now. &nbsp;<br><br>A new year in Nepal.&nbsp; A new level of service at the hospital.&nbsp; We are thankful to God for what He has provided. May we be good stewards of these blessings. <br><br>Carole and Bucky Sydnor <br> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/23990-new-things-in-the-nepali-new-year https://internationalministries.org/read/23990-new-things-in-the-nepali-new-year Happy New Year from Besishahar <br><p>At the foot of <span style="font-weight: bold;">Lamjung Himal</span> nestled in the <span style="font-weight: bold;">valley</span> sits the town of Besishahar, a 6-hour bus ride, yet only 110 miles, from Kathmandu.<span>&nbsp; </span>Besishahar, the district capital of Lamjung District, is the location of the Lamjung Community District Hospital. </p> <p>The first day of the Nepal’s New Year of 2067, which started on Wednesday, April 14, is a holiday.<span>&nbsp; </span>The hospital, closed except for emergencies, had no patients in the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Out Patient Waiting area</span>.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>New Year’s Day wasn’t a day off for everyone, however. Outside our apartment, a man was loading up his <span style="font-weight: bold;">caravan of donkeys</span> to take goods to unseen villages on the other side of the mountains of Besishahar’s valley.<span>&nbsp; </span>A round trip usually takes him one month.<span>&nbsp; </span>Business also went on as usual at <span style="font-weight: bold;">Bishnu’s shop</span> where Carole buys milk and fruit. </p> <p>This Nepali New Year finds Bucky and I living out in Besishahar, where Bucky works at the hospital in his role as advisor to the hospital’s director and its administration section.<span>&nbsp; </span>He takes a weekly turn leading the hospital’s daily morning devotions held before work starts. In addition, at the local church we have been attending Bucky has already <span style="font-weight: bold;">preached</span> three times to about 50 Christians cramped into one small room.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></p> <p>Carole is establishing a daily routine for household jobs: trying her hand at cooking the Nepali rice, lentils and vegetable curry meal; doing laundry by hand; sweeping floors with a 2-foot long grass broom; buying milk from Bishnu’s shop and boiling it. She boils all our water for drinking, brushing our teeth, and washing fruits and vegetables bought at the local shops within 100 feet of our apartment. For groceries not available nearby, she takes the 20-minute walk up the rather steep hill to the bazaar. </p> <p>It seems strange for us wearing our short sleeves to be saying “Happy New Year!” to all our friends around our apartment. But, that was our New Year’s Day in Besishahar!</p> <p>The New Year also brings with it a very crucial deadline for Nepal. The country’s Constituent Assembly has been drafting a new constitution, required by law to be completed by May 28th.<span>&nbsp; </span>With about a month to go, it is clear that the job will not be done, which probably will result in a major political crisis. All the political party leaders are blaming the others for this impending failure. But few are offering the leadership needed in this time of tension and uncertainty.</p> <p>What is exciting is how the Church in Nepal is responding to this situation. With a new sense of unity, the Nepali Christians have come to feel they can help their country at this time of impending crisis. Some Nepali Christians are calling for 40 days of fasting and prayer for this country starting April 18.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>They are asking Christians around the world to join with them. Please consider making Nepal a matter of serious prayer these next days in a very critical period in the history of Nepal. Specific prayer requests can be found at <a href="http://www.prayerfornepal.org">www.prayerfornepal.org</a>,</p> <p>Thank you for your interest and concern for Nepal and our ministry and a Happy Nepali New Year!</p> <p>Carole and Bucky Sydnor </p> <p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/20511-happy-new-year-from-besishahar https://internationalministries.org/read/20511-happy-new-year-from-besishahar The Challenge of Winter Load Shedding <span>Late last month Carole and I came into Kathmandu to prepare to receive two visitors from International Ministries and the pastor of our church in Royersford. Late the next morning I went into the HDCS office. Then and there the challenges of load shedding hit me with full force. In Nepal we call rolling electricity black outs "load shedding". </span> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>For the last four years not only has the demand for electricity in Kathmandu Valley grown, but the supply has decreased. Four years of below normal rainfall in the winter and only average rainfall, or less, during the summer monsoons have left insufficient water flowing through the hydroelectric plants' turbines. To make the limited supply of electricity help meet the demand there is load shedding during the winter months. Thankfully, the load shedding is scheduled, and the schedule is followed quite religiously, so people are able to plan their lives—what jobs to do for when they have electricity, what jobs to do when they don't.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>To cope with the shortage, there are also a number of ways to augment one's electricity supply. In homes, people buy "inverters", which are hooked up to large batteries and then connected to only a few lights in the house. In offices and business, they either use inverters with even larger storage batteries, or move up to generators. Last on the list, due to expense, are solar panels.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>That Thursday morning, when I arrived at the HDCS office, the staff was waiting for the electricity to come back on at 10:30.<span>&nbsp; </span>They didn’t know that a new load shedding schedule was starting that very day. Instead of having electricity from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM, the office was now only going to have it only from 12-2:00 PM.<span>&nbsp; </span>Only two hours of electricity during an 8-hour workday! Because two of the batteries on the office's inverter were broken, the inverter would only provide one hour's worth of electricity during the first round of load shedding. But during the two hours of electricity, the batteries were not able to re-charge enough to provide any electricity after 2 PM. The new schedule for Friday was similar, be two hours of electricity, from 2-4:00 PM.</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>As you can imagine, it is difficult to get one's work done under such conditions. It is even more difficult to stay motivated to work. So we are collaborating with International Ministries to raise funds to help alleviate this work situation for our partners. If helping to meet such a need interests you, please let us know by emailing us. </span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>Meanwhile, we have read on the internet how snow has beset much of the eastern USA, even moving into the south. Our hometown, Royersford, has received over 70 inches of snow in less than two months! That is possibly more than all the snow it has got in all of the last 20 years! Such a challenge! </span></p> <p><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b></p> <p><span>As we think of you and your challenges, we want to thank you for being interested in us and the challenges the people and the Church in Nepal face. </span></p> <p><b><span>&nbsp;</span></b></p> Wed, 17 Feb 2010 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/18561-the-challenge-of-winter-load-shedding https://internationalministries.org/read/18561-the-challenge-of-winter-load-shedding A Day in the Lives of the Language Learners As the first rays of the morning sunrise brighten our curtained bedroom window about 7 am, we are awakened by the sounds of our neighbor children laughing and their mothers calling for them in the yard right outside our window.<span>&nbsp; </span>After our private time of exercises, showering and dressing, Bucky makes a 5 minute trip to the local store to buy our daily purchase of two packets of milk, about 4 cups, and one of yogurt. Meanwhile, Carole makes breakfast, either cereal or eggs, and toast, browning it in a frying pan on days without electricity, sharing the kitchen with the gecko we hear calling, but have only seen once. <p>After breakfast, <b>Carole boils the milk</b> and makes the morning tea and coffee: Bucky washes the dishes rinsing them in boiled water.<span>&nbsp; </span>Before our 10 am class, we have our personal time of Bible reading and prayer, then finish our last minute preparations before dashing off to class.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>Because Pokhara is 2,000 feet lower than Kathmandu and warmer, by 10 am the morning sun has generally burned off the light winter morning fog. In our 10-minute walk to the Language School, we look behind us to see the <b>Himalayan</b><b> Mountains</b> that are often showing their majestic size and snow-covered peaks. We walk carefully around the water buffalo that is sharing the dirt road with us. </p> <p>Our classes are from 10 am to 1 pm, with a short break every hour<b>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Carole’s teacher is</b> <b>Jyoti,</b> who is about 2 weeks younger than our daughter, Jyoti, and about 2 inches shorter! <b>Bucky takes his lessons from Deepak</b>.<span>&nbsp; </span>Our teachers engage us in conversation, correcting grammar and vocabulary that used to fly off our tongues.<span>&nbsp; </span>Slowly we are gaining our confidence in the language.</p> <p>After class, walking back to our apartment we stop to buy some vegetables, fruit, eggs, and bread.<span>&nbsp; </span>On Tuesdays and Thursdays, a young woman comes to our house to wash our laundry by hand and make our lunchtime dal-bhat, the Nepali meal of rice, lentils and vegetable curry.<span>&nbsp; </span>On the other days, Carole cooks rice and reheats the food made the previous day.</p> <p>The electricity goes off during the day for two hours, and then again for two in the evening. So our afternoon activities depend on when we have electricity:<span>&nbsp; </span>going to the local cyber café do to email; reading and studying the next lesson in our book; taking a shower with the warm water from the solar panels; soaking the vegetables, fruits and eggs in boiled water; sitting on the porch drinking tea and being frightened by the landlord’s two geese that like to come and honk at us angrily; bringing in the laundry which has been hung to dry on the flat roof of our house; and finding places in the apartment to hang the clothes that didn’t get dry.</p> <p>After eating our evening meal, generally a light one of sandwiches, noodles, cheese, yogurt and fruit, we spend the evening relaxing, or reading and studying in preparation for another day, some part of it done by two hours of candlelight. </p> <p>We finish this intensive language study on December 23. We’ll move to a tourist area of town for Christmas and our anniversary, returning to Kathmandu on December 30. Then we’ll then begin again the search to find a place to live.</p> <p>As we listen to Christmas music from the computer, or sing Nepali Christmas carols at church, we enjoy this important season when we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus.</p> <p style="font-style: italic;">May you each will filled with the joy of the Christmas celebration.</p> <p>With love from the Language Learners, </p> <p style="font-style: italic;">Carole and Bucky</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/16305-a-day-in-the-lives-of-the-language-learners https://internationalministries.org/read/16305-a-day-in-the-lives-of-the-language-learners Welcome Back! While you were sleeping last Saturday night, as we arrived safely at the Kathmandu airport—where it was Sunday afternoon in Kathmandu—and with ALL our luggage!&nbsp; On Friday, November 27, we flew west from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, leaving LA at 9:30 pm, for the longest leg of our trip, a 17-hour flight to Bangkok, Thailand. It was night the whole way! Occasionally, I would take a peek at the night, lifting up the shade of our window to see the beautiful stars and moon.&nbsp; Every time I looked, it was gorgeous! <p>Having crossed the International Dateline, we arrived in Bangkok as the sun began displaying its beautiful sunrise colors on Sunday morning. After a 3-hour layover at Bangkok, we started the final leg of our trip, a 3-hour flight to Kathmandu. As we were approaching Nepal, the Himalayan Mountains were CLEAR and <span style="font-weight: bold;">we could see Mt Everest</span>.&nbsp; Often it is clouded over and not visible.&nbsp; But not this time! I felt was God saying, <span style="font-style: italic;">"Welcome back!" </span><br> <br> When we exited customs, we were greeted by big smiles—friends from the HDCS office were waiting for us with a vehicle to take us to the guesthouse! Our guesthouse room is VERY nice and big!&nbsp; The guesthouse is right around the corner from the building that the Nepali church we attended in the early 1980’s met in, bringing back sweet memories.</p> <p><br> After getting settled in our room, we took a walk down the hill to a teashop for a cup of Nepali tea. It tasted so good! This particular tea shop we discovered just as we were preparing to leave Nepal last year.&nbsp; We would have tea there every morning on our way to our almost empty apartment we were packing up. On the day we were leaving Nepal we found out that the <span style="font-weight: bold;">woman shopkeeper</span> is a Christian. So when she saw us on Sunday, she said us a very joyous "Jaya Masihi," the Christian greeting which means "<span style="font-style: italic;">Praise the Messiah</span>," and gave me a big hug. She said she had been remembering us since we left and gave us <span style="font-weight: bold;">our first cup of Nepali</span> tea gratis as a welcome back! </p> <p><br> The sounds of vehicle horns blasting, dogs barking and roosters crowing … the smell of tea cooking on a wood fire in the early morning brisk air... the hubbub of Nepali people walking everywhere … all are familiar sounds, smells and sights that have welcomed us back. </p> <p>Returning to HDCS’ office, seeing the ABBS kids, stopping to see friends, greeting shopkeepers and receiving their warm welcome back are all a part of our everyday adventures. </p> <p>We are speaking Nepali again, stumbling hesitantly – some words forgotten, some not.&nbsp; We are also seeking a place to live and organizing ourselves for an intensive two-week language review course in Pokhara, a tourist town outside of Kathmandu Valley. Then Christmas will be here.&nbsp; All that will keep us busy this month.</p> <p>Thank you for ALL your prayers for us and your support of us which has brought us thus far.</p> <p>We wish you a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.</p> <p style="font-style: italic;">In joyous celebration of our Lord’s birth,</p> <p style="font-style: italic;">Carole and Bucky</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 02 Dec 2009 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/15995-welcome-back- https://internationalministries.org/read/15995-welcome-back- The Time of Preparation is Here! <span style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Preparing for Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26: </span> <p>-When we thank God for the help of <span style="font-weight: bold;">our Missionary Partnership Team</span> who has helped us raise our financial support for this coming year, so we can return to Nepal;</p><p>-When we thank God for many of you who support us prayerfully and financially so this can happen;</p> <p>-When we thank God for our families with some of whom we can celebrate Thanksgiving Day while others who have helped us in our preparations for our return to Nepal.</p><p><br></p> <p style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Preparing for our return to Nepal, Friday, November 27<span>:</span></p><p><span> </span><span></span>-Fixing up our home for renters we are trusting God will provide<span></span>; <br></p><p>-Buying and packing personal goods to take with us for another three years;</p><p>-Packing and storing our personal household items;</p><p>-<span></span>Getting last minute medical appointments.</p><p><br></p> <p style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;">Preparing for Jesus, the first Sunday of Advent, November 29:</p> <p>-Preparing our hearts to celebrate Jesus' birth and to anticipate His return;</p> <p>-Singing Christmas carols, reading special scriptures,opening an Advent Calendar and lighting Advent candles on an Advent wreath;</p> <p>-Decorating with <span style="font-weight: bold;">Nativity Sets</span> and <span style="font-weight: bold;">evergreen poinsettias</span>;</p> <p>-Buying gifts for loved ones and friends; <br></p><p>-Being a part of <span style="font-weight: bold;">special Christmas programs</span>. <br></p><p><br></p> <p>Please join us as we thank God for all He has done for us this year to prepare us for our return to Nepal. Add your own words of thanksgiving.</p><p><br></p> <p>Please pray as we …</p> <p style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Re-adjust to living in Nepal; </p> <p style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Find a new place to live; </p> <p style="font-style: italic;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Participate in an intensive language study program to refresh our language skills.</p><p style="font-style: italic;"><br></p> <p>May we all live in hope this Advent, as we Sydnors celebrate the season in Nepal and you, in the US. May our hope in Christ be renewed and our appreciation for all Christ did to reconcile us to God be deepened.</p> <p style="font-style: italic;">Carole and Bucky</p> Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:00:00 -0500 https://internationalministries.org/read/15590-the-time-of-preparation-is-here- https://internationalministries.org/read/15590-the-time-of-preparation-is-here- For the Beauty of the Earth <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;"</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">Psalm 118:29a</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">"For the beauty of the earth, For the beauty of the skies…</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">Hill and vale and tree and flower, Sun and moon and stars of light…</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">Lord of all to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”</i></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In a recent trip to mid-Pennsylvania driving through the Appalachian Mountains, we were blessed with the good fortune to see scenes full of the bright fall colors of reds, yellows, oranges, browns, and greens of the mountains filling our windshield around every turn as we drove around the mountain curves of the road. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In reflecting on that experience, I am reminded of the words of the song, <i style="">"For the beauty of the earth."</i> As the colors of this fall season begin to transform the green leaves of the trees on the mountains, the last words of the chorus go through my mind, <i style="">"This our hymn of grateful praise,"<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></i>and usher me into the Thanksgiving season which is soon to be upon us. </p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">This year of our being in the US is filled with many things for which we are grateful. <span style="color: black;">We had an excellent time of rest and renewal, including several visits with our children and our respective families. In addition to having wonderful opportunities at numerous churches to speak of our ministry in Nepal, we have also been blessed to be fairly regular attendees at our home church. We formed a Missionary Partnership Team, a small group of people in the US to assist us in many ways.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">We are thankful for the many people who contributed to our support. Those who contributed between March and June had their gift matched by the Luther Rice Matching Gift Program. Through this generosity, God provided for our needs and we reached our goal for the fiscal year! It was so encouraging to have friends and family support us. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">We continue to move toward our return to Nepal. In that process we still need specific additional support for the coming year. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">We are also thankful for many of you who support the World Mission Offering (WMO), which is being received in American Baptist churches this month. The WMO goes toward missionary support, and so it is also an important component of ours. At IM's website you may give online to either the WMO or our support. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">Once again, thank you so very much for your prayers and support this year! It was essential for us, and for International Ministries. We appreciate it immensely and pray that God will repay you on our behalf according to Heaven’s storehouse of riches.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">May the beauty of the fall colors, the beauty of the earth, guide you to being grateful this Thanksgiving season so you may join us in the words, <i style="">"This our song of grateful praise."</i><span style="">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">Gratefully,</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><b style=""><i style=""><span style="">Carole and Bucky</span></i></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="color: black;">Carole and Bucky Sydnor</span></p> Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/14753-for-the-beauty-of-the-earth https://internationalministries.org/read/14753-for-the-beauty-of-the-earth Celebration and Sadness <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>We participated in a wonderful celebration the middle of May.<span>&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>As you may remember, in Nepal we worked with Human Development and Community Services and its executive director, Tirtha. On May 16th, Tirtha's youngest daughter, Shreya, graduated from Gordon College, a liberal arts Christian college just outside of Boston, MA.<span>&nbsp; </span>Because our return to Nepal has been delayed, we were able to attend her graduation.<span>&nbsp; </span>As part of the celebration, her older sister, Sradda who works in Washington, D.C., was able to attend. But, the biggest surprise for Shreya was that her mother was able to come from Nepal for the event! Needless to say, it was a happy time and a joy for us to get to participate in the mini-reunion of the family.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Tirtha, meanwhile, remained in Nepal preparing to leave for his sabbatical Ph.D. studies in Chiang Mai, Thailand. One of International Ministries' missionaries living in Chiang Mai returned to the US a week before Tirtha arrived in Chiang Mai. She graciously offered him her house and household worker for his first month. Among other blessings, her household worker is very familiar with the university area and will be able to help Tirtha find suitable housing. This sabbatical is much needed, as Tirtha has been heavily involved in government relations. This sabbatical will give Tirtha time to reflect on what God has done so far and to see how God directs for the future. Since reading and writing, as well as meeting new people, are life-giving activities for Tirtha, his studies will be refreshing, not another source of stress.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Between these two events something tragic happened in Nepal.<span>&nbsp; </span>On May 23rd, at one of the major Roman Catholic congregations in Kathmandu a bomb went off during the worship service. Three people died and 12 other victims were hospitalized. As the investigation progresses there are indications that the bombing was carried out by an extremist group. The group is opposed to the fact that Nepal has been declared a secular nation and is no longer a Hindu kingdom, and is calling for those actions to be rescinded. The prime minister of Nepal condemned the bombing and ordered a high level of investigation. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>This was a sobering experience for all Christians in Nepal and God has used this incident to bring Christians in Nepal closer together. Please pray for the Church in Nepal, and more specifically for the families of those who were injured or killed during the bombing, that God would comfort them in their loss. Please pray that Christians would not be intimidated by those who seek to harm them, but that they would be empowered to return good for evil. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Please continue to pray for us as we trust God in His wanting us to return to Nepal as we to raise our support. If you haven't already,&nbsp;go to our website <a href="http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/108">http://www.internationalministries.org/missionaries/108</a> and read more about our ministries in Nepal and how you can give towards our goal. It isn't too late to be a part of the Luther Rice Matching Gift Offer. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Thank you for caring about God's work in Nepal.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span>Bucky and Carole Sydnor </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span></span>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jun 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/11936-celebration-and-sadness https://internationalministries.org/read/11936-celebration-and-sadness Pray for Laborers <p><em>"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them."</em><br>Matthew 9:36</p> <p>For my devotion time during Lent, I have been reading Andrew D Rogness' <em>Journeying through Lent with Matthew</em>. He has really caused me to do a lot of thinking and reflection.</p> <p>His comments on Matthew 9:36 brought to mind Akhole, Yamboni, and Ashenu. They are fellow missionaries in Nepal, who came from Nagaland, in Northeast India.&nbsp; </p> <p>In the passage, Jesus had been going through all the towns and villages, teaching, preaching and healing. Then Matthew writes that, seeing the crowds, Jesus had compassion on them. He did not do more healing; He did not do more teaching. Rather he had compassion on them. And the upshot of His compassion was what? Jesus told His disciples to pray for laborers. That prayer reaches us today. </p> <p>Then, Andrew Rogness writes: "<em>Jesus didn’t ask for someone to save the whole world. Instead, He used a simple image – a harvest, which in those days was done by hand –one bunch of grapes, an ear of corn, an olive, one after another painstaking and steadfast, bit by bit until it adds up to a whole harvest. These are the deeds of mercy and compassion Jesus calls for.</em></p> <p><em>"When Einstein was asked what he thought was the greatest invention of modern man, he replied whimsically, 'compound interest.'&nbsp; He knew the power of adding a little bit each day and how that builds over time. Deeds of mercy compound daily."</em></p> <p>Rogness' words took my thoughts to my friends, missionaries from Nagaland to Nepal. Then my thoughts went back farther. When we came to Royersford Baptist church in 1988, two of its members were Bob and Helen DeLano. Now deceased, they were International Ministries' missionaries to Nagaland many decades ago, making sacrifices to serve there, leaving the field without seeing much fruit from their labor.</p> <p>Yet over the years, deeds of mercy and compassion done by others compounded daily, from the time of the DeLanos to the present. The fruit of them has been that Nagaland has been sending missionaries to Nepal, and other places, for over a decade now, and some of them, Akhole, Yamboni, and Ashenu, I have had the privilege to serve with side by side.</p> <p>Andrew Rogness closes the devotion for that day with this: <em>"The interest of compassion compounds. I am only one, but I am one among many."</em> </p> <p>Looking to the future, as you continue to pray for us and Nepal, the interest of your compassion can continue to compound… the legacy of the DeLanos beginning in Nagaland, now seen in Nepal, one day seen in yet another land, taken by Nepali missionaries.</p> <p>However, along the same line, but with a different meaning and impact, the interest of International Ministries’ finances has not been compounding. Rather, financial resources are running thin at IM. The financial crisis in the US has now reached us. International Ministries has needed to find other financial resources, beyond the World Mission Offering (WMO), to cover our salary and ministry expenses. Part of that process involves us setting up and working with a group of people, our Mission Partnership Team, to raise a large portion of our financial needs. Because its financial problems are so great, International Ministries is requiring that we raise that amount before we can return to Nepal. So, our return to Nepal is delayed. <br>&nbsp;<br>You can be part of that legacy, compassion compounding, not only with your prayers, but with your specific financial giving to our support. If you would like more information about how you can help financially, please contact us, or you can give through this website. </p> <p>During this time of Lent, may you find encouragement in knowing that your deeds of mercy and compassion will be compounded, however small you may think they are and however little fruit you see from them now. </p> <p>Thank you for your prayers for us and Nepal,</p> <p>Carole<br></p> Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:00:00 -0400 https://internationalministries.org/read/10038-pray-for-laborers https://internationalministries.org/read/10038-pray-for-laborers