Nepal Video Slideshow.wmv

Hello all! Grace and peace, I have returned safe and sound from Nepal.After completing my training at the Lord's Boot Camp, I flew to India and onto Katmandu, Nepal. I immediately noticed how needy this nation is. Shrines to various pagan gods dotted every street. We stayed in the capital that night, and in the morning, bells began to ring. We learned that the Nepalese people in the surrounding area (and all over Nepal) would ring bells to awaken their gods as they began to worship them. Each ring broke my heart as I thought about a soul waking up in the morning, waking up their god of stone, bowing down, burning incense, and burdening himself with useless religion. We had a mission! The following day consisted of a 14-hour bus ride to a place called Urlabari. Many of the people there had never seen white people, and there were only a handful of Christians.As you probably know, my team's primary purpose was to build a church and children's home. The first several days, the weather was a huge hindrance, and I was getting discouraged. Thoughts like, "This project is failing... I can't even ask any of the people if they've heard the name of Jesus because I can't speak their language... Why am I even here?" weighed me down for hours until the Holy Spirit caused me to wonder what our team looked like to the Nepali people. He really pointed out to me how our efforts played an integral part in these people hearing the gospel. We were a curiosity--white people who left home to work for strangers probably didn't make much sense to them. People asked Reuben, our team's host missionary, what we were working on, which opened many doors for him to share the gospel. Realizing the part we played was a huge encouragement. The Helper also gave me Hebrews 6:10, which says, "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." which is exactly the reminder that I needed to hear -- reminding me that I wasn't working for people but for the Lord anyway. How cool is that?!In the afternoons, we put on puppet shows for the kids, we sang songs, and we passed out the first Nepalese translation of the Good News coloring books and crayons. They were eager to receive anything we offered them, and I prayed and continue to pray fervently that these coloring books have brought souls to Christ there in Urlabari. Our evangelism planted many seeds to be watered, and God will give the increase, because His word does not return void. Praise Him for that!The situation with the weather remained as it was. Building an orphanage during our project dates was not possible. Arrangements were then made for my team to take another 14-hour bus ride back to Katmandu. On our last night before that day of travel, our team sat under the stars. The sky hadn't appeared so clear there as on that night. Seeing those stars glitter in the heavens so high above the Himalayas was such a beautiful last memory of Urlabari.Upon our travel to Katmandu, we arrived at Mendies Haven. This children's home currently houses 32 Nepalese orphans. They are taught about Christ, and they are attending a school outside the haven. It was so easy to befriend these children of the King. Our work at the Haven progressed well. Our team split up into two groups -- one worked on building a wall between the garden and the boys' bathrooms, and the other group worked on building an outdoor kitchen. When it is raining and the propane runs out, they cannot cook meals, so we built the outdoor kitchen for such cases. In the evenings, we played soccer with the kids and did puppet shows, which were a huge hit. Our time there was such a blessing.What the Lord really taught me this summer was that His plans are bigger, better, stronger, higher than anything I can possibly imagine. In Isaiah 55:8-9, "8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. 9"As the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." I had planned to spend my time in Urlabari, but God had planned for us to plant seeds there, and bless us through ministering elsewhere. I had hoped I would directly lead someone to the Lord, but God had planned for our work to be its own testimony of His love towards them. His thoughts and plans are like Urlabari stars compared to my rice-paddy-level ideas. The best way to make God laugh is to tell Him your plans. After all, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no heart can fully know what God has prepared for those who love Him."This summer has been amazing, and the Lord has revealed Himself to me so much! I want to thank you more than I can say for your prayers and support for this trip. May God reward you richly for the way you have furthered His kingdom in Nepal!Thank you and God bless! Mackenzi Demary Philippians 3:7-14