Monday, May 9, 2011

Nepal - from christian workers kids, to street kids, to adopted kids (by our Father)... kids in the base of the Himalayas, 11,000 feet above sea level!

My time in Nepal was so incredibly amazing... we were hosted by the Iris family there who already have four kids of their own, yet they took in all of us as well... Jesse, Tanya and Zoe got the spare room, Lonnie slept almost on the roof and us girls slept in the lounge, picking up our stuff during the day.

Arriving from the airport, no one was home so we climbed the fence!
  While in Thailand, the big earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. All of our team there started seriously thinking about how we could possibly go to Japan and help out with the crisis. Yonnie, our Thailand team leader also heads up Iris Disaster Relief and as such she knew straight away that she would be back and forth from Japan to Taiwan (her home) in at least the 6 months to come. I prayed that if I was to go, that the Lord would provide and make it clear. I ended up not going, but Jesse did go for 10 days during our stay in Nepal. The Japan team in that first response mainly ministered in Sendai, Japan and saw God's love poured out in awesome ways! Many people were weeping as God's love touched them and they recieved Jesus gladly. A lot had never before heard of Jesus. One Japanese pastors foot grew out to match the other :) Jesse was there in Japan when the second 7.something earthquake hit. It was funny because we were in Nepal watching "Furious Love" with the YWAM team and at the same time the Japan team were watching "Furious Love" over there, and while they were watching it the earthquake hit.

Love and affirmation of God poured out on the MKs
We arrived in Kathamandu on a Thursday and went straight that night to the children's home where they housed 9 full orphans. In Nepal they aren't allowed to have kids in the home unless they are full orphans (both parents not living).

The kids LOVED Zoe

Can I just say Nepal is one of THE most gorgeous places in the World...
 We then went to Nepali church on Saturday (that is their sabbath) where the pastor got the rest of the team to introduce themselves but skipped over me - apparantly I look Nepali! I LOVED the worship here, it was just a capella worship and no harmonies likes Africa, but the presence of God was so sweet and beautiful! The next day we had the privilege of going to the youth group which is run by the family we were staying with. This youth group is not of any one church but is rather a combined churches youth group and is mainly christian workers kids. An average of 20-30 kids come each Sunday after lunch, mainly to this one family's house that has a big yard. Also once a month on Fridays they invade the house of our friends, where the Mum normally cooks up huuuuge amounts of Spag Bol (Spaghetti and meat sauce) and garlic bread! She's amazing! So that Sunday we were given the responsibility of sharing a message and also organising games.... At first we had all these other random games organised, but then we had the genius idea of teaching them the game that overtook our school in Mozambique..... NINJA!

They kept playing even after everything was finished... this game is a virus
After Ninja, Jesse and Tanya shared their testimonies and spoke to the kids about how they are not just kids of their parents who come over to do amazing things for God, but how THEY also are anointed, called and equipped by God to change their world around them. We had a fire tunnel and prayed over them, speaking into their lives and sharing words the Lord would give us. We also had them become the fire tunnel and they got to pray over eachother and practise hearing from God themselves. They are such an amazing group of young people and part of my heart is still there in Kathamandu with those kids! We heard that a couple weeks later, one of the boys who couldn't even walk with his friends to the restaurant after church because of asthma, got prayed for at this youth group. He felt his whole chest heat up and felt like a hand reached into there and gave him a new lung. A couple days later he ran 2km without any problems! How GOOD is God!! He so loves his kids!
Fire Tunnel

My first mani and pedi!
We got to go visit a friend in Nepal (who does awesome haircuts, she cut mine) who trains up women who have been rescued out of dance bars and trafficking situations. We ministered to them first joining in their worship in the morning, then sharing with them, and then they got to practise all their mani/pedi skills on us... I find it so funny that something I have just not made the time to do before or really had the money to do before, just gets given to me :)  After I have sold and given away all my stuff except a few boxes, and am living by faith depending on what is given to me. It is sometimes hard feeling like I'm not independent and not earning my own wage, but I am in the best place and that is in the arms of my Jesus. My sails are up and he is free to blow me whichever way he wants! Pray for my stubborness to not get in the way! (as it still tries to sometimes).

We also had a great time ministering to some street kids. We got to connect with a team from Hawaii who are in Nepal for 3 months. They are full of joy and the holy spirit and we were so thankful to be around such refreshing people.

Releasing the kingdom in the temples and high places
During our time there we visited some of the temples just to walk around and release the presence of Jesus in those places. I was originally planning to go with the Hawaii team to a couple of high places to pray and worship over the city, but God put the girls from the family on my heart instead so we went to watch them dance (flash mob - probably on youtube by now... ) "Love the one in front of you" :)

Reports from the team that did go were incredible, there was one local person who really did not want them there worshipping, he was trying to take the guitar off the worship leader but then other local people of the temple beliefs were holding him back and saying "we want them here! We like what they are doing." It is so good to hear that even the locals loved it. The guy then picked up a stick and was trying to hit them with it, so the team decided to put the guitar away and then pray for people instead. Gods love ws poured out and people came into more of a revelation of who Jesus really is.

Iris picnic on the mountain!
Two days before the trek, we took a van and a 4wd (with no working 4wd) up this hill to 7,000 feet, as a celebration for the iris childrens home kids finishing the school term and getting their exam results back. All of
them are full orphans (as the government will not allow others in the home) and there is one girl who is 9years old and is in 1st grade, she came number 1 in her class and the school is letting her skip to grade
3 next as she is doing so well :) one of the other girls also got number one in her class, and all of the kids passed :) so they were all very happy. We packed 8 people and 2 kids in our 4wd plus a guitar and a suitcase full of food on the roof, and the rest fit in the van. At least 27 people and kids were packed in there! Kids squished onto adults laps. We had to borrow the van from one of the schools as the iris van broke down the other day... The 4wd broke down the week before. Both are really old but it is hard to get newer or better cars here as anything like that is taxed 100% coming into the country, meaning you have to pay the full value again. The 4wd they use there you could get in its condition for around $500 in the states but to buy
it in Nepal it is worth $12,000. So that gives you an idea!

A few days before the picnic, the iris kids home grew from 9 to 11 kids as they just took in two brothers. They are so small and so cute and in the space of a few days, it was already so noticeable the difference in their faces and behavior as they started to realise they are safe and have a home where they are loved and valued. They had such fun on the picnic playing with the YWAM team guys! (guys who are reading this- we need you on the mission field! We need fathers and big brothers and just guys in general!)

It was fun in nepal - even though we were staying in a nice looking place the power still goes off and the water runs out. We have to time our showers and laundry carefully! The power is scheduled to be on in different suburbs at different times and every so often everyone is given a new schedule. Sometimes it is on from 4am to 9am, then 2pm-7pm. Sometimes it is off all day until 8pm and then stays on all night until 8am.

We prayer walked the city, actually prayer drove around the main road. Prayed over the main human trafficking areas and brought His light into the darkness! This is one of the big touristy temples (see the golden statues in the back)

Street kids getting free dinner

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