Monthly Archives: February 2016

Wedding Season

It’s wedding season in Nepal! There are certain days and months of the year here which are deemed to be auspicious for starting your lives together! And – long engagements are unheard of here in Nepal. As a matter of fact, when I went to the hospital maintenance department for devotions on Monday morning (which I try to attend every week) it was announced that one of the young men had gotten married on Friday! (No advance notice had been given as far as I knew!)

So – I got to the office on Monday morning (3 days ago) and received an invitation to a wedding that was to be held on Wednesday (yesterday). This wasn’t a good start – because Wednesday already was booked with too many activities!

When Les and I met at home for lunch, we discussed the wedding invitation – and Les then showed me that we had received another 2 invites – one for that day (Monday) and one for Tuesday! We decided we couldn’t do Monday or Tuesday, but the father, mother, and sister of the bride on Wed were all good friends, so we made a plan.

The invitation stated that the wedding party would be at a local guest house/hotel from 2 pm to 8 pm. I already had a gathering planned for 3, Les had plans for his Sahalu game at 3:30, and at 5:30 there was a farewell dinner and party planned for a missionary team family who is leaving in a week. Hmmmm – how to make it across town and back during that time????

We ordered a taxi to come to the hospital at 1:45 to pick us up on Wed. That morning we phoned to the father of the bride to let him know we planned to arrive right at 2 – because there is something known here as “Nepali time”. In other words – nothing starts on time – especially weddings.

Debbie dressed in her sari, and Les put on his fancy vest, and we rode to the party location – arriving just at 2. The only person there from the family was the father of the bride. We enjoyed chatting with him for about 15 minutes – and he started apologizing for the lateness of his family… A few minutes later, the mom and sister of the bride came in. At about 2:40, they invited us to start eating – there is always a feast served at these functions. So – we filled our plates and enjoyed yummy rice with beans, curried vegetables, spicy paneer, goat meat, etc. By the time we finished eating, the groom had come in, so we were introduced to him.

Salomi & Deb

Salomi (bride’s sister) with Debbie. Salomi used to be the biomedical engineer at Tansen hospital – now she teaches in KTM. She and Debbie used to do Zumba together.

Salomi, Bishop & Dhana

Bishop and Dhana, parents of the bride, along with Salomi. Bishop is the head cashier at Tansen hospital, and Dhana is head surgical nurse at the hospital.

We finally had to leave at 3 – Debbie was already 15 minutes late for her own previously planned program! We enjoyed the party – but never got to see the bride! We saw her photos later on FB – she did look quite beautiful!

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Stories and news – mostly good!

It has been a weekend for encouraging news! First, we heard on Friday that the main border crossing between Nepal and India (Birgunj – where 60% of goods cross over) was opened again. A day or two later some of the hardline protesters returned to close the border again but were chased away by the local people (especially the shop keepers!). All the barricades which had been built up there have been torn down. We pray that the entire border will re-open and remain that way! Hopefully supplies will start to come in and even though it will take awhile to catch up again, it should make a difference.

The other good news we literally just received. Many of you know that UMN has been in a dispute over the property where our headquarters is located in KTM. The case was waiting to be heard by the Supreme Court, but kept being postponed. Well – today they heard the case – and we won! Here is what our UMN director wrote:
“Our case at the Supreme court was heard this afternoon. The judges returned a verdict strongly in our favour – so we have won the case! We will get the full written verdict in several weeks time and the Government may choose to appeal the verdict but we think this is unlikely. Thank you for your prayers. We praise God that indeed in his timing Justice has been done – to Him be the Glory!”

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We were really happy to hear both of these bits of news as most days bring only discouraging reports of lack of things, or higher prices, or other problems. We are still struggling with water problems – things are really dry, and rain is very needed.   We watched some of the Super Bowl commercials over here – and were really impressed with the one by Colgate…  If you didn’t see it, take a minute to watch it.  It’s a great reminder to be thankful for and to conserve water!

http://www.justjared.com/2016/02/07/colgate-super-bowl-commercial-2016-every-drop-counts/

Thanks for your prayers.  The trees at the sides of the road are literally brown with dust….

road dust comp

We had an interesting day in the bazaar recently. We had purchased a flannel shirt for a Nepali friend – and had been assured that we could return it for an exchange if it didn’t fit. Well – it was too small, so our friend tried to take it back to get another shirt. The store owner said that it couldn’t be returned because it had been opened! So, Les and I took the shirt and decided to try for ourselves.

The shop keeper told us that he had said it could be returned – but because it had been opened and the pins taken out, that it couldn’t be exchanged. We asked how our friend was supposed to know if it fit without opening it to try on? He said you have to look at the label in the shirt (which said L) and determine the fit. We just laughed at the utter ridiculousness of the statement. He finally agreed to exchange the shirt for a less expensive one – but we just decided to keep the original one to give to someone else later – and we went to a different store to purchase another gift for our friend!

I attended the Open day at one of the local schools on Friday. St Capitanio’s school has been located in Tansen bazaar for 15 years – it is run by some Catholic sisters from India. The school has a good reputation, and isn’t cheap to attend. There were lots of fun dances to watch – but I was just as interested in watching the crowd – and noticing the number of devices being used to record the children’s performance!

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Finally, we were so pleased to welcome a new baby into our church family here recently. A young couple who had previously lost 2 babies at full term had a healthy baby boy. We were so thankful for this new gift. Please pray for them as they seek to raise this child in the church in Tansen.

Prakash and Mina's baby

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