Just wanted to let everyone know that we made it safely to Nepal. We exchanged US dollars for Nepal Rupees, purchased a gift for Pastor Raju's mother, ate a wonderful supper at the pastor's house, and spent about two hours getting know each other, discussing the schedule for the week, and introducing each other to the various ministries of our two church bodies.
Tomorrow we will leave at 8:00 am for a three day trip into the surrounding mountains where we will visit several village congregations and their pastors. Pastor Raju will not be able to join us since he is finishing up his classes and has final exams on Friday for his BS degree in Health Care Management. The picture shows the family we will be working with. Pastor JB was converted to Christianity from Hinduism against his family's wishes several years ago and has been in the full-time ministry for the past 11 years or so. Both of his sons Raju and Rajan are also active in the ministry. Pastor Raju serves as the chairman of their Christian organization. Their #1 goal at the present (in their own words) is to gain depth of learning in the Theology that is lacking in Nepal so they can in turn impart this knowledge to other pastors and students who want to prepare for the ministry. Included in their long term goals is a Lutheran Bible College. In the picture from left to right...Pastor Raju, Rajan, Rama, Pastor JB.
I'm not sure if I will have internet access for the next couple of days but I will update the blog when we return from visiting the mountain villages. Please keep this opportunity to assist in the spreading the Gospel in your prayers!
I talked to Beth and the kids tonight...they are doing fine.