Archive for April, 2011

Final Countdown

Kirk here…

We are fast coming to the end of our stay here in Nepal. It’s hard to believe that in 3 weeks we will be back home! Next week will be the final week of classes for GBC and I just wanted to give a quick update. So far this semester I have taught Soteriology (covering the Covenants, the Doctrines of Grace and the 5 Solas),  Biblical Counseling (covering a wide range of subjects), the Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit and lastly (no pun intended) a crash course in Eschatology and the Book of Revelation. Vic has done an exhaustive study on the Doctrine of the Trinity in both OT and NT, Christology and the Person and Deity of the Holy Spirit. He also covered NT symbols (Baptism and the Lord’s Table) and an overview of the Book of John. Also each morning at devotional time he did a verse by verse study of Genesis as an exercise in how to study the Bible. Sooo, point being, we both talked…alot! Vic’s voice is almost gone and mine is not far behind. But, this has been such a time of  blessing in our lives! To get to share the Word of Life with such hungry hearts is a joy unspeakable and I want to say to each of you back home who have prayed for us and supported us that we are eternally grateful. Without you none of this would have happened and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please continue to pray that we would finish strong and bring glory to the Savior.

On a more dire note, please also pray for this nation. It is in crisis and is literally falling apart at the seams. There is an impending shortage of fuel and the paper said today that there are approximately 2 days of supply left. The line at the petrol stations are miles long and the wait is currently (and literally) 2 days in some places to get gas or diesel. At the center of it is a struggle in the government for power. The politicians won’t raise prices for the Nepali Oil Corporation (a state controlled monopoly) but neither will they subsidize prices, so bottom line India (the only fuel supplier) has cut off the flow. It’s very serious as all commerce, food and water supply etc. could stop dead in 2 days. We were a day late getting water last week due to fuel shortage and you can imagine how it is with 50 people here and no water. Please pray that this crsis will soon be over.

Love in the Savior,

Kirk

Three’s A Crowd

Roda, Alisha, Dina

                            These three little girls as cute as they can be,

                                             Where you find one, you find all three!

Around one year ago, Pramita was contacted with an urgent request to help three little girls in need. Roda and Dina were  friends in the village of Dhading. They are of the Tamang tribe, which speak a different language than Nepali. Dina and Alisha arrived here at the children’s home at the same time. When Roda arrived five days later, she and Dina thought they were just here to play. They both wept bitterly after realizing that they were here to stay. Alisha did a lot of interpreting for them especially in the beginning! Alisha is from a home where spousal abuse was common and food  scarce. She never shed a tear and said “I am happy to be here where there is food”. Dina and Roda’s parents are Christians and still stay in touch by phone and talk to them now and then. Alisha’s mother is a Christian as well. All of these parents attend the same church, however they are so desperately poor. I’m told their hearts were broken as they were forced  to part with their beloved children. However, this is a sacrifice they were willing to make.  Here the children receive nourishment for their bodies and an education for their future. Here they are in a safe place, a haven.

April Rewind

Kabita, Nitu, Santosh

Hello, Everyone!

We’ve been so busy concentrating on the profiles of the children that I missed a couple of highlights of the month that I wanted to share. Rewind to April 1st. Who knew that April Fools Day would be celebrated here? Kirk was awakened around seven when Will (an accomplice) came in to tell him that Pramita wanted him downstairs. ALL the children were gathered to yell a big “April Fool’s”. Next was my turn, Will’s turn had proceeded Kirk’s. When I made my way down the stairs to my “surprise”, I acted like I was mad for getting woke up. Then I turned the tables and said “April Fool’s” to them. We all had a good laugh!

On the 16th we had a great big monthly birthday party for the kids. The evening began in the sanctuary with singing & joke telling.  There were three to celebrate this month, Nitu (15), Santosh (12), and Kabita (11). They sat up front in the place of honor. Pastor Tika gave a devotional to encourage them & Kirk said a blessing prayer for them. They then blew out their candles & we all moved outside to eat.  The menu included brownies, prawn chips, popcorn, potato curry & flat bread along with Tang. After that were ice cream cones. Next everyone moved back inside to dance to praise music for a fun, wholesome time.

There are several children who don’t know when their birthdays’ are. I’m hoping that they can choose a day & they each can have a day of their own so they won’t be passed over any more. I takes so little to make them happy! May God bless them every one.

Love,

Liz

Dear Sisters

Kabita and Sara

These dear sisters came to New Life Children’s Haven only two years ago. They were from a village located near the base of the Himalayas called Baglung. Baglung is 170 miles from Kathmandu and with travel the way it is, almost a world away. As members of the Dalit caste, they were suffering from desperate poverty. When their mother passed away and their father deserted them, they were left all alone. A local pastor from the area contacted NLCH to see if there was a place for them. There was and is a place for them thanks to all of the faithful people who give to this ministry. Sara is the elder at 12yrs and Kabita is 11yrs. Despite their painful past, they are always smiling! They are also the two top students in their class! Kabita was deeply touched last week when we celebrated her birthday along with a couple of others in April. After the party, she went to Pramita weeping out of gratitude and joy because of the celebration. She didn’t even know that birthdays are celebrated! I know that to see them full of joy brings joy to her Father in heaven.

NLCH/CCF Support Staff

We continue highlighting some of the children here at New Life Children’s Haven but I also wanted to introduce you to some of the support staff here. When you give to this ministry you are not only feeding the children (which is always the highest priority) but you are also supporting these indispensible members of the staff.

Kumar

This is Kumar. He is one of the most valuable players here at NLCH. He is the security guard and basically takes care of all the needs of the building and property. He is ex Nepali Army and has served here for 18 years! He constantly works and as a hobby (I think) he does elaborate landscaping as seen in this picture. He had to be laid off last year for a few months due to the inability of the ministry to meet his salary. He went for almost seven months without pay before he was forced to find other work. He later returned when the ministry got on its feet a little bit but was still 5 months behind when we got here. Thanks to the generosity of many back home we were able to get him completely caught up. His salary is only 8000 Rupees per month (that’s only $115.00 US)!

Pottam

 Next we have Pottam. She too has been here for many years. 17 to be exact! She is responsible for cleaning the church building as well as the living quarters of all who are here (4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining area, 3 offices and 5 stairwells) plus she does everyone’s laundry! To say the least she is one busy lady! She is also very active in the church and in the women’s fellowship. She does all this for the sum of 4000 Rupees per month ($57.00 US)! 

Sarrita and Sunjana

 These two ladies are the cooks for both the children and the students of Grace Bible College. You can imagine how hard they work in daily preparing food for over 40 people! All for 3000 Rupees ($43.00 US) per month.

Precious Family

Sunita, Joon, Amit, Anita

These 4 are some of the long term residents of New Life Children’s Haven. They are from left to right, Sunita, Joon (John), Amit (the worship leader at CCF) and Anita. They are brothers and sisters and they have a unique story. They were all born in Assam India which is a 3 day bus trip from Kathmandu. When they were very young their father deserted them and they were forced to do child labor to survive. Their mother is the niece of Meena Nepal, Ram’s wife. Meena heard of her plight and invited them to come to NLCH where their mother could be employed as a cook. Not too long after their arrival she found out that she had tuberculosis (she was already infected when she arrived) and she died a few days later. Amit was only 14 when she died, Anita was approximately 9, Sunita was about 6 and Joon was around 4. This was 12 years ago and they literally grew up here. Soon after their arrival Amit read Heb.13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever”. Through this Scripture God drew him to Himself and a short time later he was converted. Then followed his siblings. Today they are all serving God with their whole heart. All 4 are on the worship team here at Covenant and Amit is part of the paid staff as worship leader. He hopes in the future to open a school of Worship here in connection with Grace Bible College.

Sujata

Sujata was born in Chitwan (elephant country) and is 7 years old. She came to New Life Children’s Haven in 2007. Her father died and as a result her mother could not care for her. As is common with most of the children when they arrive Sujata was malnourished with a distented belly. Children at this stage can eat huge amounts of food, I’m told, up to 4 times the amount of a normal child their size. She has had no contact with any family members since coming here. She is a sweet, active litte girl.

Please see the post “Our Burden Before Leaving” for more information on the children of NLCH!


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