Hello! We are the Action Team going to Nepal this year and we’re so excited to join in with God’s mission in that part of the world. We only came together as a team at the beginning of the month, but having lived in each other’s pockets since then, and having laughed our way through Min y Don (more on that later!), we’re ready to introduce each other!
- Rebekah lives in Nottingham, has just finished her A-levels, and plans to become a primary school teacher.
- She loves drawing up rotas and making lists – which is why she is the team’s practicalities coordinator.
- Rebekah travelled around China, where her parents worked as missionaries, at the age of 15 months. She loves Chinese food and has already introduced the rest of the team to the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham and a world of dubious hygiene ratings! She calls it ‘authentic’.
- She is an optimist, with an uncanny ability to find activities that really shouldn’t be fun, fun nonetheless – like getting wet, muddy and cold in the middle of the night (Min y Don again).
- She has felt called to go to Nepal since she was about ten, so we’re blessed to have her coming with us!
- Rachel comes from Bearsden, Glasgow, and has just left school. She wants to study architecture at university after Action Teams.
- She is going to be the finance coordinator, because nobody else wanted to do it – thanks Rachel!
- She has an awesome sense of humour, often having us falling about with laughter.
- Since she lived in Mumbai until she was ten, Rachel speaks a little Hindi…which is a language not dissimilar to Nepali…which is handy for the rest of us!
- She has an unnatural obsession with crab fishing, and spent most of her days at Min y Don asking to be provided with some dead squid to use as bait.
- Rachel is the oldest member of our team (she’s 21). She has just finished studying geography at Oxford, and is excited to serve God during this post-uni year.
- As she has already written her dissertation, Rachel is the team’s writing coordinator – meaning that she’s responsible for this blog…
- She loves gardening and is hoping to grow her own window box garden in our Nepalese flat. Not sure what the neighbours will think, but she hopes to start a trend.
- She often uses words that the rest of the team have never heard of. We wouldn’t be surprised if, in her spare time at Oxford, she studied (or swallowed) the Oxford English Dictionary!
- She is constantly on the lookout for a tennis court and even brought her racket with her to training. So far, she has yet to find someone or somewhere to play but hopes to have more success in Nepal.
At present, Team Nepal are based at BMS’ International Mission Centre in Birmingham with members of the four other Action Teams being sent out this year. We’re receiving training on topics such as mission and evangelism, staying healthy overseas, and Nepalese culture.
We have also spent a very enjoyable weekend at our training church – Castle Hill Baptist Church in Warwick – and look forward to leading a service there (eek!) later in the month.
Finally, we have just returned from Min y Don Christian Adventure Centre in North Wales, which receives Action Teamers each year for team-building activities and challenges. We want to thank Chris and Joy, our very own Min y Don instructors, for helping us to learn about how, with God’s help, the three of us can make a really great team.
So that’s us, and the first two weeks of training. Here’s to the next two – we hope to post again soon!
Rachel, Rachel and Rebekah.
- That we would continue to be equipped for the work that God has planned for us in Nepal.
- For sleep and energy after the week at Min y Don.
- That God would guide us in the planning for our morning service at Castle Hill.