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November 21, 2006

4th Annual HOPE RUN Coming Up!!!

5k run/1 mile walk

Marshall, TX

JANUARY 13th, 2007 ~ 9am

Latest news from Sally in Nepal...

Namaste. :) These last two weeks at Parizat Nestling Home in the Hindu kingdom of Nepal have been full and a time of growth for the girls here and for me as well. There are almost 50 girls living in this home. They either do not have parents, or their parents are in prison for poverty related crimes, or they come from poverty stricken families. I spent the month of January 06 with these girls. During that time they asked me to teach them about the Bible. When I returned home, they emailed and invited me back to teach them more. Here's a picture of many of them watching the children's version of the Jesus Film.

Many people in Nepal believe in many different gods, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jesus included. It's been interesting.

I'm also leading the middle and older girls thru a discussion on character development in which we define and talk about character traits such as self-discipline, respect, kindness, and being responsible, to name a few. This has allowed for a bit of discussion concerning their lives and the issues they deal with, like visiting their parents in prison for example and how to deal with the emotions that that causes within them. We also talk about the dreams and goals and what they can do now to realize those. I'm honored to be spending time with and sharing life lessons with all of these amazing girls.

On the weekends, we go for swimming lessons and do crafts like making lanyards and origami.

It was a bit chilly, we are in the Himalaya, but nothing was going to stop them so I persevered :)

Many of you ask what a normal day is like for me and the girls here ...

  • 5:30 am Wake-up, clean up a bit and study or start cooking.
  • 6:30 am Take tea and cookies and then everyone reads until 8
  • 8:30 am Dal Baht Lunch (that's rice, veg curry, and soup made from dal beans)
  • 9:00 am Braid Line (everyone lines up and they braid each others' hair)
  • 9:30 am We walk to school, talking and singing. I love that part because all the other kids are walking with their parents, I like to fill that role for the little Parizat girls.
  • 10-3 pm Free time for me which allows me to do whatever I'd like, visit with the director, do errands, check email, plan for my classes, and run to the Royal Palace if I want. :)
  • 3:30-6 The girls arrive home, have chai and a snack (tiffin) and then hit the books for a few good hours. I do what I can to help, especially the little ones. But most of the girls speak good English so I can help them too.
  • 6:30 - 7 Dinner time, we have Dal Baht again. All the girls help prepare the food.
  • 7:00pm Bedtime story for the younger girls. : ) That's my favorite time of the day. We read Children's Books by Max Lucado or Veggie Tales and they love it! I then see them reading and talking about those books all throughout the day.
  • 7:30-8:30 Bible Class or Character Development on alternating evenings.
  • 8:30-9:00 Their favorite Nepali Soap Opera comes on.
  • 9:00-11:00 More studying and preparing food for the next day.

  • On Saturdays, the girls all wash their own clothes in buckets, they cut each others' hair, and then we do crafts and go for swimming. We also have all kinds of competitions on the weekends, singing, dancing, and games. The girls organize all of it themselves.

Spending all this time living with these girls allows me to see and understand their needs better. As I see them, I do what I can to meet them, thanks to all of you and your support. This morning I gave out a few new backpacks to those whose books were falling out. Another volunteer and I will be buying toothbrushes and toothpaste soon due to the terrible dentist visits I've been experiencing.

Doing little things here, with lots of love. Thanks for partnering with us. : )

Abide and bear fruit ~