It’s a new year. I, for one, love this season. I love the expectancy of the blank page and waiting to see what God will do. I love making plans, dreaming dreams, pondering what the year ahead will bring. Some of all those plans works out, others not quite so much. Because, without fail, God seems to like to interrupt my well laid plans and make sure each year is full of surprises.
2015 was no different. I sought God and made great plans. Most of it panned out. And the rest of the year was filled with surprises. Here are just a few of them:
RW’s leaders visited Nepal in October to check in on the communities that we’ve been walking with since the earthquake last April. Here are the highlights of the trip.
Nepal is in the throes of a prolonged, country-wide fuel shortage. This made the visit challenging, to say the least. The trip included overcrowded buses and very long walks.
Amazingly, our Nepal Program Director was able to procure a Jeep and scrape together enough fuel to visit several remote villages.
While much relief aid flowed into Nepal in the days after the earthquakes last April, and the news spotlight has mostly moved on to other things, many people in the villages around Kathmandu are still living amidst mountains of rubble in makeshift tents.
God has used the church as one of the most highly-relational, servant-hearted and consistent relief providers in these areas. Our Global Director of TCT visited several such villages with the leader of our TCT Nepal program, in July. Below is his full site visit report.
Churches in Nepal have responded to the tremendous needs of the most overlooked communities since the first earthquake struck Nepal on April 25. They have found opportunities to do Acts of Love even in the midst of their own losses. We are so thankful for the way God worked in advance of the quake to prepare His people. Vision Network Nepal had already taught basic worldview and wholistic ministry ideas to more than 1000 churches, helping to create a church culture of collaboration and interdependence. The first thing Vision Network Nepal did after the earthquake was hold a prayer meeting and take a collection. Using their own resources, they did an initial distribution of 100 cartons of water, 50 blankets, 50 tents and 50 cartons of boxed noodles to villages where no relief organizations had reached. A few days later, the churches provided 530 more tents, along with food, blankets and sleeping mats, to affected villages in the Gorkha region. They have organized rescue teams and medical teams as well.