Sunday, August 25, 2013

Venturing into the City

With time off school following the completion of exams, the girls from the children's home had a day for exploring a bit of Nepal's history on a tour of the royal palace.

The palace, constructed in the 1970s, served as home for Nepal's ruling monarchy until the country was declared a republic in 2006.

With the children's home director acting as tour guide, the girls were able to explore the opulent palace and grounds, an important part of their country's history. The tour coincided with lessons from school so the girls were able to see with their own eyes what they had been studying in books. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed on the palace grounds so there aren't pictures of the girls on their tour.

But there are plenty of pictures of the activities after the tour!

Ice Cream!!

The group found an ice cream vendor who quickly scooped up cones for everyone. What a sweet treat! A little ice cream and a walk on the streets of Kathmandu was quite the experience for many of the girls.

After ice cream, a little nourishing food was in order and a quick stop at a local momo restaurant provided just what was needed.

We are so thankful for the sponsors who make this life and these sorts of trips possible for the children in our care in Nepal!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Love . . . Reaching Around the World

At first glance, it just looked like a suitcase full of Ziploc bags and yarn. Nothing remarkable. Nothing overwhelming. Surely nothing worthy of the title of true missions work.

But it was overwhelming. It was remarkable. In that suitcase was more than just plastic and yarn. 

In that suitcase was love.

On Sunday, the children from Mercy Mission Children's Home gathered in the outdoor pavilion and sat quietly, as they always do, in tidy lines according to size. One by one they were each handed a bag with their name on it. In that bag was a hand-knitted hat and a pair of gloves. Hats and gloves made specifically for that child.

The knitted items were gifts from a group of women in Loveland, Colo., who call themselves the Knit Wits. Armed with names, ages and sizes they set out to make a hat and glove set for every child at Mercy Mission, hoping their small gesture would bring joy to the lives of children they have never met.

And there was joy!

Slowly, smiles began to spread across tiny faces as the children realized what they had been given. Gifts for them, from people a world away who had taken the time to create such creative accessories. The children laughed and modeled their new wares, waving mittened hands at cameras and admiring their friends' hats.

It was Love in action.

It was the love of women in a place these children will most likely never visit. The love of strangers, poured out through the sacrifice of hours of stitches. Love, evident in piles of hats and scarves and mittens. It was agape. And it was beautiful.

Laughter filled the pavilion at Mercy Mission Children's Home on Sunday, and it was laughter brought on by a group of women who chose to reach beyond themselves into the lives of others. Women who understand Matthew 25:36-40.

"'I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 
'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"

It was a reminder, that sometimes, missions work is more than the grand gestures, more than the presentations and the slideshows, more than the stories of large accomplishments that fill newsletters.

Sometimes missions work is simply about love. 

Sometimes, missions work is a suitcase full of Ziploc bags and yarn.

The Knit Wits - women who love well