Lately I’ve been stretched in my language abilities here. I have never been as comfortable speaking in front of groups (in Nepali) as Les, and really preferred not to do it. However, lately it seems that God has had other plans!
Every Monday morning, I’ve been going to the workshop (maintenance department) for their meeting and devotion time. For a long time, there was a Nepali Christian who did a wonderful devotional each week, but he has retired. Since then, one of the other staff has been reading a short bible passage, but not really doing any sharing or explaining. So, I offered (in a moment of insanity) to bring a short devotional each week. (They had asked me previously, but I had declined…)
On Sunday afternoons, I had been attending a ladies bible study, and for a long time we just read a bible passage together and talked about it. But recently, they needed more leadership, and again – in a moment of craziness – I agreed to use a bible study book on Abigail that I have and lead each week. (The book is in English – I do a loose translation to get the discussions going!)
My prayer is that the words that I say will be both understandable, and will be glorifying to God. But as usual – I end up getting more inspiration from the people attending these groups than what I offer. Recently we were talking about how sometimes God surprises us by answering prayers we haven’t really even spoken. One of the ladies shared about trusting God and obeying him and having a surprise following that obedience.
Many of you know that water is a problem in Tansen. (By the way, this year we have had some good winter rains, so we are happy for that. Thanks for your prayers!). In Nov/Dec, when it was very dry, this lady was due to go to church on Sat morning and was leading the children’s class that day. Just about the time that she was due to leave, the water started coming at their house tap. This tap is shared among the people living in the house, so everyone has to line up with buckets, basins, etc in order to save the water to use for the coming days. This lady filled a bucket, but then had to leave for church – realizing that she might not have enough water to last her through the coming days.
When she returned from church, she found all of her buckets, basins, pails, etc, filled with water and waiting for her! Turns out that her landlady had seen that she wasn’t there, and had taken the time and effort to fill all her containers so that she would have water.
It seems that when God asks us to do something for Him – he will take care of the other needs in our lives. I pray that he will “fill” my language abilities as he filled this woman’s water containers!