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