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Asa

It seems that some of our greatest sadness and our greatest joys come from children!  We were so sad to hear of the school shootings in CT this past week.  We cannot imagine the pain and grief those families will go through.  But when there are successful endings to stories with children – they are so joyful!  Through it all we continue to place our hope in Jesus Christ.

We first heard about little Asa when our new pharmacist showed Les and another doctor a photo of a young girl who had an enormous belly.  Both of the doctors immediately suspected liver disease, but said it is too hard to make a final diagnosis with a photo – the girl needs to come to the hospital.

It was Asa’s school principal who first brought her to the attention of the local health workers.  Asa was attending the small village school, but it was very obvious that something was wrong.  The principal had seen that she was a bright girl and wanted to try to help.  Asa’s mother has mental health problems and her younger brother is mentally handicapped.  They were all living in a shed alongside the animals they were raising to try to support themselves.

Through a Christian Nepali lady in Pokhara, who had to travel to the village to convince Asa’s mother to allow her to come to the hospital, this little girl arrived in Tansen.  When she was examined, it was happily discovered that she had a treatable condition – and an operation was done in the hospital.  The surgeons removed a giant congenital hepatic cyst. Asa’s uncle, a very loving and supportive man, stayed with her in the hospital during her recovery period.

Asa continues to heal and do well – turning back into the bright, young, healthy girl she was meant to be!  With help from the hospital charity care (thanks to those of you who support this!) Asa and her family left with no medical debts, and will hopefully be able to have a better life in the   future.

Asa is this girl’s name – in Nepali, it means “hope”.  We are glad she found hope here in Tansen – and we pray that what she learned about Jesus while she was here will also continue to give her hope.

 

Asa and her Mom

Asha and Mom.2

 

Asa’s belly

Asha's belly.2

 

Asa and her uncle post-surgery

Asa and uncle post surgery

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Picnic!

It was a Wednesday and I was hurrying to the small school where I was scheduled to teach music and movement to the missionary children. “Debbie Didi, Debbie Didi!” I heard someone calling me (Didi is older sister). Pushba, one of the ladies from church, asked me if I had heard about the picnic planned for the ladies’ group at church. I hadn’t,  so she told me an outing had been planned and that they wanted me to be the speaker!

At a picnic?!

I hesitated, not really feeling adequate to prepare a talk. She said, “It’s a picnic, so it doesn’t have to be so long – maybe only 30 or 45 minutes.” Oh, my. So – “When is this picnic?” I asked. “Next Wednesday.”

Since we had guests staying with us that whole week, I didn’t get much time to spend on my preparation. (We were so happy to have Tim and Val from Australia with us and loved all the time we had to visit! Thanks to them, as well, for the inspiration and encouragement for the talk I prepared.) But, I prayed and wrote and made Les help me do the translation into Nepali!

Some of you might be thinking, “A picnic in December?” Yes, here in Tansen, it is actually a lovely time of year to do it. Being outside in the sun is where you can be warm; inside the houses it is quite chilly. And when the sun goes down, more layers are needed! So, we piled about 40 women into a bus that seats 25 along with firewood, big pots, bags of rice, etc. on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. We drove down to a large field near a friend’s farm and unloaded to set up our picnic!

First, we built fires and made “chiya” (Nepali tea: you boil tea, sugar, milk and sometimes cardamom and cinnamon together) and had snacks of hard boiled eggs and bread. The women then started on various activities: some went to a nearby field and picked “moulah” (big white radishes), some started chopping vegetables that had been purchased from nearby shops, and some chopped meat. There were also several groups of cows that wandered by us and had to be chased away.

We had some games and then some singing, dancing and worship. My turn to speak came at around 2 p.m. I had planned a couple of games and activities which we started with, and then I gave my message. After I was done, one of the Nepali leaders stood and did a recap – basically repeating and elaborating on what I had said. This was actually good. First, because I knew that at least she had understood what I had said and second, because the ladies who maybe hadn’t understood me would probably understand her!

We finally had our lunch around 3 pm. It was delicious: rice, curried vegetables, two types of meat, and spicy radish “achar” (chutney). I never cease to be amazed how they can make this over a couple of wood fires and have it all hot to serve.

After we ate and cleaned up (which was amazing to watch – there were no sinks or dishwashers – only water poured from pitchers to rinse dishes), people were ready to go. Unfortunately, the bus was delayed and didn’t show up until after 6:30! By that time, it was dark but we were happy that the moon had risen so at least we could see a bit.

It was a long day, but very nice to just have the time to sit and chat with other believers and to feel a bit more part of the ladies’ group here… And to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Enjoy the photos!

 

Making Chiya

Making chiya

 

 

Gathering moulah

Gathering moulah

 

 

Carrying Mom’s bag and enjoying snacks!

Carrying Mom's bag and enjoying snacks!

 

 

Meat!

Meat!

 

 

Chopping veggies

Chopping veggies

 

 

Pretending to help…

Pretending to help...

 

 

The real cooks

The real cooks

 

 

Cleaning rice

cleaning rice

 

 

Enjoying the sun!

Enjoying the sun!

 

 

Drinking water… in close proximity to cow pies!

Drinking water - in close proximity to cow pies!

 

 

Friendly cows

Friendly cows

 

 

Games

Games

 

 

Singing and dancing

Singing and dancing

 

 

Let’s eat!

Let's eat!

 

 

Clean up

Clean up

 

 

Rubbing mud on a pan to make clean-up easier

Rubbing mud on pan to make clean up easier

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