While it may have been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone, such has not been the case on the road from Kathmandu to Dadeldhura, Nepal (shown on the map here as Dandeldhura). After a 23-hour drive (which was originally estimated at 16 hours), a forced stop at night in an area thick with rabies-infected monkeys to allow the bus engine to cool down, her team made it to their destination.
Since A. Turtle is at the outer edges of access and unable to update her blog, she has asked me (Dad) to fill in for a bit.
Having come to Kathmandu, Nepal with the full Compassion outreach contingent from YWAM’s Perth, Australia campus, the G24 has broken into three smaller outreach teams. A. Turtle is now in Dadeldhura, on the western edges of Nepal for about three weeks. The other teams have gone on to outreach in India and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
While in Dadeldhura, Sarabeth and the rest of her cohort will be assisting with medical and arts outreach in the local area in addition to helping with some community development projects. The area is very rugged and she says that about 10% of the view out of her window is of the Himalayas. That ruggedness is typical of the places they’ll be getting to – and all on foot. Lots of walking and hiking wherever they go. Sarabeth would like prayer for this as she’s been suffering from sore feet already and even with a good pair of shoes, it takes its toll on the tootsies.
She has already noticed a difference in the people – although they are still friendly, they are more reserved than in Kathmandu and usually just want to practice their English. It would be great to break through this reticence and establish friendships with the people in the area so they will listen and hear the Gospel.
Although this area of Nepal is high mountain desert with elevations around 5600 feet, the area is right at the beginning of the monsoon season. This has the potential of washing out roads and making travel all the more dangerous. Sarabeth told us that the roads were paved at their best and washboard gravel at their worst. Our prayer is that the return to Kathmandu is safe and without incident.
The Turtle has been enjoying the work they are doing and the opportunity to get to know the people and understand their needs. They visited a temple earlier this week and spent time praying there, asking the Lord to break down strongholds and open the hearts of the people.
The hospital where they will be helping is operated under a contract with the government of Nepal by TEAM, a medical missions group. That contract has not been renewed, but TEAM has been asked to continue operations until someone else can be found to operate the facility. There have been complaints of proselytizing and financial mismanagement. Please pray for the entire medical staff and people supporting them that these issues will dissolve and they will be able to continue their work in this area. With the government focused on writing a constitution, it is difficult for them to focus on providing health care for this area; it is one of the only hospitals and clinics in the area and is currently doubling the size of the hospital in an effort to provide more services.
That’s about it for now. Thank you for your prayers and support!