As is the case no matter where you are in the world, some days are harder than others. I could tell you about all the particularly frustrating days we’ve had lately here in Nepal, the sad things we’ve seen, and all the things that have “gone wrong” (mainly with our house). However, what purpose would that serve anyway?
What I will share are some prayer requests in regard to our river ministry. The kids are so joyful and receptive to the Bible stories and songs and it is truly a joy to me to see their faces each week. We have started praying with them at the beginning and end of our time together. Although we did not ask them, the whole group took it upon themselves to repeat our prayers (in Nepali translation) at the end. Wow! What a blessing to hear them thanking God and asking for his help and forgiveness.
I ask for prayer for their hearts to be molded and minds to be transformed as they hear about Jesus. The children also need prayer for eye infections that are being spread throughout the village. We spent time this week teaching about germs, how infections spread, and about general hygiene. We gave soap to some as well as antibiotic eye drops to the two children with the worst eye infections. We met their mothers and gave instructions for the eye drops.
I had mentioned in an earlier post that there is widespread alcoholism in this village. There is one lady in particular who always smells of alcohol when she comes to our gatherings, but this week she was actually drunk. She had a small child with her who was probably under 2, likely a relative’s child. The boy cried constantly for a long time, and this woman became extremely disruptive to the group. I had to stop and ask her to stop hitting the child and to stop talking out randomly while we were sharing with the children. We needed to talk to the children about how to love each other as God loves us, that it is not good to hit and call each other bad names. So this week was a little rougher than usual at the river. But these things are to be expected, and this is precisely why we need to be there. Please pray for the children and families there, that their hearts will be receptive to their need for Jesus. It’s easy to get discouraged sometimes, but I know that the Lord is working there and I am grateful to be a part of it.
There is another lady who has started coming who asked us to pray for her leg. A few weeks ago, she came limping while using a stick. When she saw my friend and I praying for Sunkar, the crippled boy, she said, “Aren’t you going to pray for me?” Her faith was touching. Last week, she wasn’t limping as much, but she still had the stick. This week, she walked much better with no stick! Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer!
No matter what happens, and no matter where we are in the world, life can be frustrating and discouraging. I have to constantly remind myself to remain positive and focus on what God is doing. I’m so thankful for the body of Christ to pray for and encourage each other and so grateful that His mercies are new every morning!
Thank you for praying for Nepal. And let’s be mindful to listen and wait to see who God puts in our paths who may need a little encouragement this week!