This morning as Les and I were enjoying a wonderful breakfast including fresh mango, passion fruit and homemade muesli (gluten free!), he asked me what my plans were for the morning…. I listed off several jobs I wanted to do – including writing emails and a blog. He said, “What will you blog about?” This is the question! It’s been so long since I’ve put “pen to paper” so to speak… there is so much to share!
Shall I talk about our wonderful time in the U.S.? Times with family, speaking at churches and other groups, getting to renew friendships and make new friends, sharing about Nepal, praying in the aftermath of the earthquakes, seeing friends who used to live in Nepal, breakfasts and other meals with special friends, the list could go on and on! There were a few hard times – the death of a long time friend, feeling far from Nepal during the earthquakes, and learning that I (Debbie) have Celiac Disease and now require a gluten free diet, but overall we enjoyed our time in the U.S.
Shall I continue to talk about the earthquake recovery in Nepal? UMN has done a lot of work in the Dhading district – distributing food and building materials, offering health care, and working with people to rebuild homes and lives. Here is their statement recently: Since 25 April, UMN has distributed emergency relief materials to 12,179 households, including an additional 1,910 households that were not part of our original target. This was “phase one” of the relief effort by UMN – there is much ongoing work still left to be done in many areas of the country. If you are interested in more details, please see the UMN website: http://www.umn.org.np/earthquake-action
Shall I talk about our short trip to Pokhara with Hannah? A very enjoyable 2 days at the Shangri La Village hotel for their “monsoon madness” special package. Pokhara, which is so dependent on tourist money, is really hurting after the earthquake. People are starting to get very worried about being able to keep their livelihood as the tourists are not coming to Nepal anymore. If you ever had a desire to come visit here – this might be a good time!
Shall I talk about our return to Tansen on Saturday? The warm greetings from both Nepali friends as well as missionary colleagues, unpacking our house and getting resettled into our home here, starting work again at the hospital – Les was there early on Sunday morning after our arrival just the afternoon before…. 🙂 Even though I don’t do the transition time well, it is starting to feel like home here again. We walked into the bazaar the other evening – and enjoyed some of the contrasts of life here…
Thank you to so many of you who welcomed us and cared for us during our time in the U.S. Thanks to so many of you who pray for us – that is truly our sustaining grace. Without Him, we would be nowhere!