Nov 22, 2012 (or Mansir7, 2069) – depending on which calendar you are working with…. was just a regular working day in Tansen, Nepal! Except in the kitchens of the American families. Doug and Tarisa baked 3 chickens – and they were delicious! (These chickens were purchased in the shops that kill the animals in the morning and set them out (sometimes under nets) to sell that day. Best to go shopping early!) Tarisa’s sons created fun table decorations.
Becky is a single lady and a doctor, so she had to work that day. She brought the drinks – Yes, we can get Coke and Pepsi and Orange Fanta! She also brought her special tea bags to share for those who wanted hot drinks after the meal. (Believe it or not – no one drank coffee!) Becky also had her house-helper bake rolls and an apple pie – pie dough from scratch – apples not from a can….
Andrea made an amazing carrot soufflé – but she wouldn’t tell us how much sugar she put in! She also peeled, boiled, and mashed a mountain of potatoes, and then cooked up gravy from scratch, as well.
One couple just arrived that evening right off the buck (bus/truck) but they did their part – they brought a bag of candy corn, and a can of French fried onion rings to go on top of the green bean casserole Debbie had made. Debbie also made stuffing from scratch – and pumpkin and pecan pies! (Okay – confession time – our house-helper made the pie crusts, and she made the pumpkin pie.) There are no pecans in Nepal (we brought them from the U.S.). There is also no Karo syrup here – did you know you can make it with sugar, water and corn starch? Anyway – the results were delicious!
We enjoyed spending time after dinner giving thanks for many blessings – Tarisa and her son, Luke, had made a Thanksgiving tree, and we all wrote our praises on leaves and put them on the tree.
We often say here that 9 pm is the missionary midnight, so the evening didn’t go late – Friday was another working day. (Nothing black about it here!)
Praying your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that this holiday season would continue to be filled with thanks to our great God.
As I sit here at my computer, I have to sit more closely than usual as we are having a power outage, and the light from the battery and inverter is not as bright as the regular lights….. I can hear children singing in the distance as tonight is Laxmi Puja – part of the Tihar festival here in Nepal. It is ironic that this is the Festival of Lights – and tonight all the lights have gone out!
We are back in Tansen after a wonderful visit to the U.S. where we were able to be part of our son Luke’s wedding to our beautiful new daughter-in-love, Laura, in Knoxville, TN. Not only was the time with family and the wedding itself wonderful, but we enjoyed the beautiful autumn colors of the Appalachian mountains as we drove to and from the celebration. We were also so happy to be able to attend Hannah’s junior flute recital at Asbury University. We enjoyed our time with many friends and family, but it all went too quickly and there were many we didn’t get to see (or see enough!).
We were also thankful for the reminders of so many of you who are praying for us and helping to support us here and we appreciate that so much. We feel so blessed through our family and friends and we miss you when we are here! We would welcome any who would like to come for a visit!!
When we arrived back here, it was to some of the most spectacular views of the mountains that we have seen since we returned in March. The entire range was out in full magnificence for 5 or 6 days straight. Simply stunning.
Unfortunately, the beauty of this country which draws so many hikers and tourists does not translate into wealth for the people who live here. So many people seem to be so needy here – requests for money come much more frequently than we feel ready to deal with. We recently helped a friend with money for her son’s entrance fees into a lab training program – only to learn that there would be other major expenses to be covered over the 3 years of the course. Another nurse wants to further her education (to the tune of about $2400) – and she needs the money in a matter of days. Her mother lives in a one room apt and her sister works for the missionaries as a househelper, so they are not a family that is well off – and $2400 represents more than a year’s salary for them. Please pray for us as we sort through these requests – we want to follow God’s leading in this.
Closing on an interesting note for us – the local crows, along with the many stray dogs, are happier these past few days as these are the few days of the year that people are supposed to treat them well – leaving food out for them. (This is part of the celebration of Tihar) The cow which lives among the shops outside the hospital has a permanent red patch on its forehead now as so many have put the red powder used for worship on it. (The cow is considered holy among the Hindu people).
The festival season in Nepal will be over at the end of this week. As you in the west enter into the holiday season there, we pray that you will especially remember to be thankful for your blessings and to enjoy the gifts of friends and family.