Monthly Archives: April 2014

This is a life that was saved

This is the season to celebrate new life – especially as we just celebrated Easter and the gift of life given to us through Christ’s death and resurrection.  HE IS RISEN! Hallelujah!

We enjoy having other missionary friends over for meals when we can – as well as our Nepali friends.  One evening recently we were enjoying a visit with some missionary doctors and one got a phone call.  He looked at the caller ID and took the call.  Later, we were happy to hear the story that he shared!

A few years ago, before we came back to Tansen, this missionary doctor had a resident with whom he got along very well.  This resident really treated him as a father and would often come to visit with him about things after work.  The resident was married – and he loved his wife very much and was quite protective of her.  This was partly due to his background and what he saw in other not so good marriages….

One of these difficult marriages was his older brother’s.  This brother lived in India with his parents, but they were all Nepali.  The brother had a girl that he was interested in and hoped to marry.  However, his father asked him to come with him on a trip to Nepal one day to see some land.  When they arrived at their destination, the father said to his son, “Here is the girl your mother and I have chosen for you and you will marry her tomorrow.”  Being a dutiful son, this man married an unknown woman and had to return to India to tell his girlfriend that he was now married to someone else.  It wasn’t a happy time!

So – when this younger brother (the resident at our hospital) got married, he chose his wife and was happy to be in a good relationship with her.  Unfortunately, their first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage.  The resident was so upset and so concerned for his wife, that he decided that they wouldn’t ever try to have children again.

The resident spoke with the missionary about this, who counseled him to make that decision together with his wife instead of just deciding on his own.  Some time later, they became pregnant again.  At the ultrasound, however, there were problems that showed up in the development of the baby’s kidneys.  They went to 7 doctors in KTM – and all advised this couple to have an abortion.  The resident had emailed the missionary doctor with this news and asked for his prayers through this difficult time.

The couple decided to go to India where they were told that yes, there might be problems, but that they could be fixed after delivery.  The phone call which our friend received at our house was the news that a seemingly healthy baby girl had been born to this couple and that the baby was passing urine on her own!!

Our friend was in tears when I said, “You saved the baby!”  He said, “It wasn’t me, it was God.”  So true.  We don’t know what will happen with this family, but we are so thankful for the news of this new life and that this young couple didn’t listen to the doctors giving the advice to abort.

I asked about the baby later, and it turned out that the first week of her precious life was very precarious.  She was very sick, and it turns out that she will probably have only one working kidney.  But – she can live with that one and is now on the road to recovery.  Please pray for this family and for many in Nepal who face difficult decisions like this.  And thanks for your prayers for Christians around the world who seek to intervene and help in people’s lives.

 

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Hospital Bhoj 2070

Yes – the year here in Nepal is 2070!  Monday, April 14 is actually the Nepali New Year, and 2071 will begin.   I knew you would ask from what this time line dates – so I went to the fount of all knowledge – Wikipedia!  The Nepal calendar is a lunisolar Hindi calendar dating supposedly from the mythical Indian emperor Vikramaaditya.   The current year is 2070 B.S. (Bikram Sambat).

So – about 6 weeks ago we had the annual hospital bhoj (feast, party) on the upper part of the hospital compound.  This is an all day affair – probably about 500 people come through to eat and enjoy the day.  This is a gift from the hospital to the staff – numbering around 400.  Retired staff who are still in the area are also invited to come back to be part of the day.

It starts early – the men with the goats show up around 6 am.  At that time, all the goats are still living.  By the time I arrived to help chop veggies, etc, at about 8 am, there were only 2 remaining standing, and the last one was crying loudly as his friend was dispatched to the cooking pot.  I confess, I didn’t watch the final blow…

The final goat...

The final goat…

goat meat

goat meat

I stayed up with other helpers and mostly cut up carrots and radishes for what is termed the “green salad”.  (Nothing green – just the raw carrots and white radishes).  After cutting them, I also helped cut up the fruit – apples, grapes, bananas, pomegranates, etc.  They all looked so tasty – but I knew they hadn’t been soaked in iodine water, or chopped in a very clean way, so I determined I probably wouldn’t eat either the salad or the fruit!  After watching the fruit being poured into a large trash bin and mixed with large pots of yoghurt, my initial resolve not to eat it was strengthened!

But – it was fun to be part of the preparations!

more chopping

chopping

more chopping

chopping

Chopped and ready to cook

Chopped and ready to cook

mixing fruit and yogurt

mixing fruit and yogurt

cooking

cooking

mixing ground spices into meat- notice peppers!

mixing ground spices into meat- notice peppers!

playing games while chopping

playing games while chopping

still cooking

still cooking

Les was working in the morning, so I went home and changed clothes and then returned for the main part of the day.  There were games – a very serious game of musical chairs occurred, which Debbie did play for a couple of rounds before she was knocked off one of the remaining chairs!  Then interested staff were welcomed to share their talents – there were songs, poems, dances and drama.  Les and I did a rendition of the song, “You lift me up” with different words written in honor of the Nepali staple food dalbhat.  It was called, “You fill me up”.  (Another expat in Nepal had written the new lyrics and the song can be found on facebook.  Les and I took the idea and changed and added some words to make it fit life in Tansen).

watching the festivities - notice there isn't much flat ground around the hospital!

watching the festivities – notice there isn’t much flat ground around the hospital!

singing about dal bhat

singing about dal bhat

playing musical chairs

playing musical chairs

other performers - notice Ganesh with the wig!

other performers – notice Ganesh with the wig!

musical chairs - getting serious!

musical chairs – getting serious!

Everyone who has served at the hospital for 25 years, 20 years, 15 years and 10 years receive certificates and awards.  People retiring get certificates and gifts.  There are other awards and presentations as well.

awards for 25 years of service at UMHT

awards for 25 years of service at UMHT

awards - Dr. Rachel, hosp dir, Les, and Sr Gunga, nursing dir.

awards – Dr. Rachel, hosp dir, Les, and Sr Gunga, nursing dir.

All during this time, many of the staff are busy cooking (over wood fires) enough rice, curried vegetables, goat meat, and chutney to feed the 500 people there!  When the program is over, we all lined up and got plates full of very tasty food!

It was a lovely day – enjoyed by all.  There is a lot of preparation, and a lot of clean up afterwards, but no one would like to not have the annual hospital bhoj!  Next year Les will get his 15 year certificate for his service to the hospital.

all dressed up!

all dressed up!

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