What’s cooking?

It is absolutely amazing to us that we have been here for a month already! The time is whizzing by, and we feel more settled than we could possibly have imagined, which really is answer to prayer. In the past two weeks, we have helped put on an Activity Week for the primary children at KISC international school and, in the week just gone, completed our first full run of weekly projects. The latter saw us crafting (and rocking!) elephant ear-headwear at the preschool, teaching verb conjugations at Beauty for Ashes, and being literally dragged by the hands into school life at ABBS.

Making elephant ears with the children at preschool.

To tell you a little bit more about these projects… Beauty for Ashes is a ‘business as mission’ venture, employing Nepali women who have been rescued from trafficking, to produce beautiful handcrafted products for wholesale in Europe and the USA. Employees are taught about Christianity and many have come to know Jesus and His love for them. This week, we led a morning devotion for the women – our first experience of being translated! We also helped with the ladies’ English lesson (this is where verb conjugations came in!). This was so much fun; they have an amazing sense of humour, teasing each other incessantly as they all try to come to grips with English. As a result, we slotted right into the group when Rachel tried teaching the verb ‘to cook’, and Rach cracked up over her accent. The women went away from the lesson saying ‘cook, cooked, cooking’ to each other in as exaggerated a Scottish accent as they could muster!

ABBS is a Christian school for Nepali children and young adults who have physical and/or mental disabilities. This week, we each met the classes with which we will be spending two days a week: ‘pink class’, ‘yellow class’ and ‘green class’. It will be a real challenge for us all – most of us have no experience of working with children with Special Needs – but we know that we will learn a great deal. And it is a privilege to become a part of the family, for that is what it feels like, of teachers and students there.

In other news:

  • The street lights in Kathmandu are turned on and off, manually! Perhaps this isn’t so surprising, given the state of other infrastructures here (see photo of the city ring road), but we got unreasonably excited when we discovered that we could turn them on and off, simply by flicking a switch on the side of the pole!

    The Kathmandu Ring Road – currently being thoroughly dug up!

  • We bought our first Nepali clothes, choosing fabrics and then taking them to a seamstress to have her make outfits! Undoubtedly, there will be many future purchases of this kind!

  • Rach and Rachel have enjoyed getting up early on Sunday mornings to go for bike rides, which take us out of the city and into the surrounding countryside, with friends from church. Careering down a hill, dodging potholes and bricks in the road, as well as children, wandering goats, and motorbikes – it has been something of an introduction to mountain biking. We haven’t fallen off yet…

  • We went four weeks in Nepal without getting ill, and are told that this was unusual. Our record-stretching time without illness came to an end this weekend. But 24 hours later, we seem to be on the mend – thank you God!

Sunday morning bike rides!

Escaping the city.

Rice harvest in Kathmandu Valley.

Prayer requests:

  • Prayer for full recovery from illness (and that we would go another unusually long length of time before being ill again).

  • Prayer for all the preparation that we need to do – especially preparing to run the children’s programme at the INF (International Nepal Fellowship) Conference (we get to travel to Pokhara for it!) in two weeks’ time.

  • Prayer for our time at ABBS: that we would trust God to give us all the strength and wisdom we need to ‘learn on the job’, and that we would bless the children there.

  • Continue to pray over communication with all those who don’t speak English!

We plan to follow this blog up with another post containing our personal reflections on the first month of our time in Nepal. That means your first chance to read Rachel and Rebekah’s very own writing!

Rachel and some goats…

17 replies
  1. Alison Paton says:

    Wonderful to read another blog so quickly – well done girls! Did you follow that moped across that bridge on your bikes?!! Lots of love and keep well x

  2. Sylvia youngs says:

    Thanks for great new. Blog so good to know you are all settling well and glad you’re feeling better I don’t fancy the ride over bridge ,
    Well done with the Elephant Ears looks fun
    Love all xxx

  3. Team Uganda says:

    hi team! sounds fab what you are up to! love the goats rachel, just look out for any curry coming your way! lots of love, team uganda xxx

  4. Bev says:

    Lovely to hear your news and that you’ve settled in so well – the photos are amazing! Keep up the good work!

  5. Janette Henry says:

    Thanks for another really exciting blog with fantastic photos. So many new people, places and situations in just one month. It’s really helpful to know what you’re doing and what your plans are so we can continue to pray.

  6. Moira Shaw says:

    Thank you for taking the time to keep us informed. We appreciate the regular updates. Praying for you as a team.

  7. Aileen Clough says:

    Lovely to hear all your news. Glad you recovered quickly from your illness. Super photos. Love and prayers for all your endeavours.
    God bless.
    Aileen xxx

  8. Sarah Braithwaite says:

    Lovely to hear about your adventures. God is so amazing with his blessings. Hope you have all recovered. It sounds a wonderful Christ-filled mission. God Bless all three of you. xx

  9. Alison Paton says:

    Happy Birthday Rachel! I meant to send this earlier in the day – I think it might still be your birthday – just! We hope you’ve had a really lovely day. With love Alison & Rob

  10. Kali (last years Nepal AT) says:

    Girls, it all sounds incredible and i’m loving the photos!
    Praying for you all, for the health, the projects, enjoy getting immersed in their culture.

  11. Sheila Churchward says:

    So pleased to see your latest news & wonderful, evocative photos.
    You seem to be doing all the right things with the children, with animal masks /head gear.
    Music/singing, action rhymes, movement and loads of repetition ( especially with the Special needs) is always a good place to start -e.g. circle games, and follow the leader, all holding hands and saying / or singing where you are going –can help with language/ or non verbal understanding e.g. Over the stick, under the table, past the chair etc.
    Praying for your health, continued inspiration, and that God will guide you moment by moment as you keep your trust in Him ( who is able …Eph.3 v15-21). Amen xx

  12. Sheila Churchward says:

    Oops just lost my message..hope I can remember it..
    Hi, again. Hope you are getting more fluent in the basics? especially with the children?
    I hope you are managing to keep healthy (body and mind) ? Do the mountains make an appearance now and again to cheer and inspire you….and remind you of that lovely prayer request that just as the mountains are still there in all their magnificent and unbelievably ethereal splendour and beauty, on the days they are not visible, so too is our great God, yet as a loving Father too. May He continue to minister to you and reveal His purposes to you through His Holy Spirit. Lots of love from folks at UBC Rach ( & to R & R )

    • Nepal says:

      Hello Sheila! Lovely to hear from you. Our Nepali is getting better, slowly. Fortunately, with the children it doesn’t seem to matter so much and we’re looking forward to the lead up to Christmas when we can do lots of Christmassy things with them all and teach the Bible story. We’ve actually just got back from Pokhara, where the mountains are very close and absolutely spectacular. I’m preparing a blog to be posted this weekend, with lots and lots of photos included! Lots of love from Rach – and the rest xxx

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