Portion for Orphans Newsletter
January 10, 2006
Update from Kathmandu, Nepal
"And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my Name, I will do it."
" My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect
in weakness... when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Cor. 12:9-10 (Jesus and Paul)
It is difficult to know where to begin. For me, this has been the best week
yet of our journey for many different reasons. Each prayer request from last
has been more than answered. Below is a picture of some of the girls who gather
together each day to "learn Bible" as that is what they themselves
requested above all.
Our new little friends at Parijat Nestling Home, Kathmandu, Nepal
So... they are learning Bible, and I am so excited to be a part of it. 0.02%
of people in Nepal are Christian. It is difficult to know where and how to
teaching Bible to a group of girls who've grown up in a country where it seems
most everyone believes in Hinduism and Buddhism all mixed together. I just
started with John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting
get me wrong, my goal here is not to convert orphans, or anyone for that matter,
to my religion, but to give each and every one who is interested, the opportunity
to hear about Jesus Christ, and to decide for themselves whether they believe.
I've encouraged them to pray for themselves concerning truth. Their response
was translated to me, "How will God hear and understand my prayer if I
pray in Nepali."
Above is Ishwori (pronounced Ee-sworry). She is not up for adoption, as none
of these girls are. This orphanage is run by a family and each girl is considered
like another daughter. It works beautifully, everyone helping and taking
care of the chores and even cooking for themselves, making tea for each and
visitor. Ishwori is about 12 years old and she is incredibly intelligent,
winning every game that she plays from Nepali board games to Trivial Pursuit.
and many others, memorized John 3:16 and John 6:47 the very first time that
them. And she is the one who, after seeing John 3:16 drawn out one time,
has stepped up each of the following days to draw it out for the rest of the
She can almost playback every word I say. I am walking them slowly thru the
life of Christ, so each day we sing a few songs, they tell me the story up
we left off and then we begin from there. I cannot express what a priviledge
this is for me, and a challenge too, I'm teary-eyed telling you about it.
I was wondering for how long the director here would allow his girls to sing
praise songs to Jesus on the patio/roof each day so when he asked to talk
with me about something I began praying immediately. Our conversation,
things, included how we'll stay in touch after we leave and about how we
should bring along more volunteers next time. We also spoke about how your
can best be used and he said that they are looking to set up a hair salon
in the home for the surrounding neighborhood. The girls have received some
already. This is a great way for the money to be used, especially since
it will help the girls to have some training for when they move out of the
of what you've set aside for these children will be used in that way...
but there is more than enough for that so I'll keep you posted on the rest.
Requests: Please be praying over the girls at Parijat Nestling Home, that
God would use us to meet their every need. Please also be praying
for all of
our new friends (some of whom are reading this) with whom we have had
opportunities to share the gospel. Just pray that we would be able to help
them in their
search for truth.
Other interesting tidbits:
- We live with a Hindu family and eat dal (bean soup), rice, veggies, and
tomato 'stuff' twice a day with our hands. :)
- There is a son and a
daughter our age.
- They drink Chai tea here at least twice a day and it's the exact
same taste as Chai tea in Kenya :)
- During the day it is beautiful and very warm here... at night I sleep
with my hat, jacket and gloves on.
- We went to a Hindu Temple the other day and witnessed what they do
instead of burying people when they die. As people of all
ages look on, the body is prepared
for cremation by the family who then places them on an altar and
sets it on fire.
WHOA. Can't believe I saw something like that. Talk about a
reminder that life is temporary.
Josh and some new friends :)