Our trip to Nepal-Gunj
Posted by at 09:09 on 4th March 2011
During February, we went with our hosts to the other side of Nepal for 10 days – to a place called Nepal-Gunj. The journey by bus took us 11 hours and we stayed with friends there.
The main difference between Nepal-Gunj and Pokhara is the poverty. We visited some of the traditional villages where we saw how basic the lives of the people living in Nepal-Gunj are. We saw the mud huts they live in, the street children running about without many clothes on, and the workers in the fields nearby. Their lives are so basic and simple compared to ours at home, which really made us think about how much we do take for granted in the west, and how unimportant our daily worries are in the grand scheme of things.
We spent 2 days working in a Christian orphanage running a holiday club. We did bible stories, crafts, games and singing with the children and enjoyed it immensely. We especially loved teaching them new Christian songs and seeing how enthusiastic they were with singing and doing all the actions. It was so refreshing to spend time with these children who are all Christians and living their lives for God. The orphanage has also got a school attached to it and they were very appreciative of our work there as they only have 3 teachers for the 50 children that stay there.
We also spent 3 days in Surkhet, which is a town in the mountains, a 3 hour bus journey from Nepal-Gunj. It was nice to meet up with the ex-pats who live in Surkhet, and see the work they each do there. We joined the Sunday evening service where Esther and Mairi ran worship and Caitlin and Sarah shared their testimonies. We visited the INF leprosy clinic and saw the work that goes on there.
We also visited the primary mission school which is very similar to the one in Pokhara which we are involved with. Prayer is needed for the school as the 2 teachers who are there at the moment will be leaving this summer and so far there aren’t any more teachers to replace them.
This was a really good 10 days and it was so great to have the opportunity to see a different part of Nepal and the work God is doing not just in Pokhara but all over Nepal.
-Esther, Mairi, Caitlin, Sarah,
Nepal Action Team