It’s Sunday morning – the start of the work week here in Nepal. Yesterday was the “day of rest” for Nepal, and it is also the day we gather to worship together. Les gave the sermon in Nepali church in the morning, and as usual, he did a great job. Some of our friends who attend other churches will often come to our church if they know that Les is preaching. No pressure there!
We enjoyed a 2 week visit from a couple of our nieces – daughters of Les’s 2 youngest sisters. In Nepal, there are words to denote almost any relationship – and these girls were our “bhanji”. Les is their maamaa and I am their maiju. There would be different words for nieces who are daughters of Debbie’s siblings!
Joanna and Shelly spent a couple of weeks here in Tansen with us, and also we took them to Pokhara for a few days there. We enjoyed having them and getting to know two delightful young women with whom we haven’t been able to spend much time in the past.
While we were walking into the bazaar together one day, I felt something rub across the back of one leg. I thought in my mind, “I should be looking out for snakes” and just at that moment, Shelly yelled, “SNAKE!” Sure enough, as I turned, I saw the tail of a snake disappearing into the grass along the side of the road. It had literally gone between my legs as I was walking. Yikes! Then Joanna said “It was green and pretty!” Green is not a good color for snakes here – those are more likely the poisonous ones. We are thankful for that little miracle of safety as we were walking…. Especially as the hospital has been running short of anti snake venom, which happens about this time every year.
The monsoon here continues to be very poor. We were actually told that if we don’t get some rains in the next few days, the rice crop here will fail. We did get about 1/10th of an inch last night, and another 1/10th on Friday, but that doesn’t make up for the need and the poor rains this year. Thanks for your continued prayers.
The other morning, Les got a phone call that the hospital was out of water! Because several of the key water pumps belonging to the city water have been broken, we haven’t been getting water from there, and without rain, the back-up tanks have been depleted. We have been getting tanker trucks of water – several a day – to keep the hospital going.
This is a great need now, as the other morning there were 182 patients in our 167 bed hospital! Beds in the halls, and extras in the wards – so very many sick people. We are thankful for our doctors and staff, and for your prayers which keep us going. (And for hand sanitizer!)
The government of Nepal and the constitutional assembly continue to be in turmoil. Parts of Nepal have been “closed” or on strike for over a month now. People are hurting in so many ways – food is rotting because it cannot be transported, shops are closed, schools are closed – it is very hard to understand. Nepal needs many changes, but these strikes and demonstrations are not helping anyone that we can see.
As we come into the season of festivals, we often fall asleep to the sound of music and people singing and dancing. Perhaps this year it is even more pronounced as a way for people to forget the worries and cares around them for a short time. Many traditions are deeply ingrained in the lives of the people here.
Thanks for reading – and for praying as God brings us to your mind.