Nepal Medical Team Update

We were in the village of Vijay Pur for the first medical camp of our time in Nepal.  I was especially excited to be here because I knew of the great need from a visit there last spring.  It is a very poor area where the Dalits, which is the lowest caste in Nepal live.  Our partner, Nepal Evangelical Mission, has been working in the area distributing blankets in the cold winter months and working with a small church plant.  Our medical camp was another opportunity to share Christ’s love with the people, who are mostly Hindu.

The sight of one of the first patients I saw shocked me like almost no patient I’ve cared for in my medical career.  Baby Chandon was about a year old.  He was well until four months of age when he contracted a fever.  Now the child before me weight not much more than when he was born.  His head was large and misshapen and the rest of his body was literally all skin and bone.  He was lethargic and I literally wondered if he’d live through our time together that day.  It is likely that he had contracted a case of meningitis which was untreated due to lack of available care. Now he had hydrocephalus (an accumulation of fluid on the brain).  As a result his limbs were stiff and immobile, he was eating poorly, losing weight, and likely to die soon.  There was little we could do for him.  I explored the options for getting him to a hospital with enough facilities to possibly intervene, though it was likely already too late.  His family could not afford to take him to the nearest large hospital.  Even if we could help with that, they could not afford the care and were not willing to go. With the best of care, he still would have permanent disability. It was very difficult to realize that without a miracle, this child would die  from something potentially preventable by vaccines or treatable if caught early. However, that was the way life works in this village.  We prayed with them, gave some medicines for pain to bring comfort, gave advice on frequency and type of feedings to improve his nutrition if possible and they left.

Fortunately not every case during our time in Nepal was this dramatic.  There were many we were able to help with medicines and eyeglasses. We ended up serving over 1800 people.  The Bible School students did individual health teaching with each one and shared the gospel with those willing to listen. Several came to Christ, and many others had seeds planted which we pray bear fruit in the days ahead.

We are always looking for those willing to serve with us to bring comfort to the sick or financially give to provide medicines and supplies to help us minister in places like Vijay Pur to people like Chandon.  Please consider helping us.  You will be making a difference for God’s kingdom!

A Tale of Two Ladies

Today during our clinic at the River Church in Samari, Nepal, I met two ladies who demonstrated very dramatically the different responses we can have to Christ’s love for us.  The first lady was Buahi.  She was about 25 years old and had been hospitalized for mental illness.  She was better now but still struggled at times with depression and anxiety.  My translator Sabatri and I shared with her about how trusting the Lord can  bring joy and peace and we prayed with her.  Afterward I was quickly drawn away to some other things in the clinic.  However, Sabatri told me that some other ladies in the church had talked more with Buahi and that she had prayed to recieve Christ.  What a blessing to know she has come into new life!

A short time later I met a lady named Sanchitu.  She is 73 and her husband and children have all died so she is all alone.  I offered to pray for her but she declined.  Sabatri shared with her that in accepting Christ, she could have relationship with the God who would never leave her and that she would also be a member of the family of God.  She said no.  She looked so sad as she walked away, but she did walk away.

All of us have the same decision to make that these two ladies had to make.  We can reject Christ and have a future filled with pain and sadness.  Or we can accept Christ and find joy in our depression and peace in our anxiety.  The choice is the same in America or half-way around  the world in Nepal.  I pray that today you choose life in Christ!

 

Sharing Christ in Nepal

Our medical team is currently in Hetauda, Nepal serving with our partner Nepal Evangelical Mission.  We are doing medical camps reaching the poor.  In addition to the medical care, we are trying to have long-term impact through Community Health Evangelism.  In the spring, I came and taught CHE principles in the Bible School with Isaac Pykaurel, one of the bible school teachers who is leading our CHE effort locally and who has had full CHE TOT 1 training.  Isaac has trained a group to share health lessons and eevangelism.  During the medical camps, these students are sharing one-on-one with each patient, sharing health lesson specific to their need and also sharing the gospel.  It has been a great blessing to see God working through the local people we have trainied to improve health and share the gospel with people here. Pray for the students as we continue to share this week. Many Hindu people are slow to respond to the gospel, so pray that they will not be discouraged. We did rejoice today as one elderly man was led to the Lord by one of the students! Pray also for the students that as they return to their communities at the end of their course in two weeks, that they will continue to use what they’ve learned to minister wholistically to the people in their community. Pray for Isaac as he continues to minister in Hetauda and throughout the area, trying to establish CHE ministries.