More News From Missionaries in Nepal

For Luke things started around 9am. I was sick so I stayed home with Emily. Luke took the kids and headed down for our church service at 10am.
Can I stop right here?
I have to say one of the biggest blessings was that all this happened on a Saturday during our normal meeting time. When the quake hit we didn’t have to wonder where everyone was. It is very difficult finding people. No one is in there homes and everyone is sleeping outside or where ever they can find some sort of shelter that won’t fall on them if it hits again.
They had just started the Bible Study and Luke was speaking. The quake hit and they all dove for the ground. They pushed the kids under the bench. Luke started praying, everyone was praying out loud, scared the building would fall on them. Wikipedia says the quake lasted only 20 seconds, but definitely the longest 20 seconds we have ever experienced.
The second it was over they ran outside to an open field nearby.
Luke left the kids with our church people and ran to see if I was okay. That is when he took me to the field near our house. I’m on the blanket right in the middle.
This wasn’t even 1/4 of the people that were around us.
It was hard being away and apart from one another during all the aftershocks, but I knew we were in God’s hands. I still cannot begin to describe how God answered my simple plea for help, “God give me peace”. The amount he gave wasn’t “just enough” but an overflow.
After 4 hours the tremors seemed to be somewhat spread out so they felt it was safe enough to bring the kids to my field so we could all be together. It was such a relief seeing my kids.
During some of this time Luke and one man from our church went out to help in some of the nearby areas. They found some men who were on motorcycles as the quake hit and a wall had fallen on them. They didn’t make it.
They were able to buy some water and cups and pass it out to those around us.
Soon we decided it wasn’t safe to go back to the house for a while and that we were definitely sleeping outside. Luke went to our house and grabbed our earthquake survival kit (which I am so thankful I made), some more blankets and a handful of things.
After some walking we found a place close to our house that we could stay at.
These 2 spots were ours. We had 13 people with us 9 adults and our 4 kids.
It had bamboo poles and a tin roof. Bamboo is actually very strong in an earthquake because it already has a lot of natural give to it. We were so thankful for the roof as it rained quite a bit while we were outside.
This is how we slept for 3 nights. I am further back in the picture with the pink top. We had 9 adults and 4 kids sleeping on a queen size blanket and a twin size blanket turned sideways. I’m so glad we could all be together. It was  a big comfort being surrounded by people that we loved and with people that loved us.
We had about a 4 hour break from tremors. We settled down to sleep and a big tremor came. Before people were in shock now people just had fear, every time one would come everyone would scream and yell “aiyo, aiyo” “it’s coming, it’s coming”. That first night we had tremors every hour. The kids were terrified. One time one came Abby, she was sleeping next to me–but I couldn’t grab her in time, she lunged into a stranger’s arms next to us and wouldn’t let go. He just held her and rocked her. Everyone was so jumpy. Luke stayed up all night with one of the other men from our church so he could grab us if needed. It was hard.
This is copied from the most recent email I received from the Knickerbockers, our missionaries who live in Kathmandu.

The Stupa and Karma

The following words and photos are copied from an email I received from our missionary to Nepal, recently devastated by a 7.8 earthquake. The missionaries are fine, but I imagine their four children (ages 8 and under) were terrified.
This building is called the Bird Stupa. There are probably close to a hundred pigeons around this stupa. This is a massive building that no one goes inside. It is said to house a bone from Buddha himself. People walk around the Stupa every day clockwise spinning prayer wheels in hopes of earning enough good karma so that they will do well in the “next life”.

The eyes are “the all seeing eye of Buddha” The part where the eyes are is a square so there are 4 sets of eyes around showing that he sees in every direction.

Inside the dark rectangles are cutouts where the prayer wheels are.

These are just a few of the birds around the Stupa.
No doubt they believe it brings good karma to feed them.
My notes: We do not hate the Nepali people. They are kind, generous, full of compassion and grace. We also have compassion for them, for they have been deceived for centuries. But God, in His great mercy, has sent missionaries there to teach them about Him, about His great love for them, and their need of a Savior (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God–Rom. 3:23). God loves them the same as He does all of humanity, every single person, regardless of race, background, economic status, etc. Through the efforts of many missionaries, many Nepali people have come to know Christ as Savior. It is our prayer that, through this recent tragedy, many more will know their need of a Savior and call out to the one true God.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” John 14:6 records these words spoken by Jesus himself: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Ephesians 2:8, 9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Luke 16:19-31 tells the true account (Jesus never used people’s names in His parables) of a rich man who went to hell and a poor beggar named Lazarus who went to paradise (Abraham’s Bosom). When Jesus rose from the dead He took those who had been waiting for Him in Abraham’s Bosom with Him to heaven. When Jesus was on the cross He told the repentant thief “This day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” He was talking about Abraham’s Bosom, which was the location of all of the Old Testament saints who believed there would someday be a  Messiah, and looked forward to His coming.

A Day in the Life of a Missionary

I am copying this from an e-mail I received from a dear missionary friend in Nepal. Jamie, her husband Luke, and their children live in Katmandu, Nepal. It borders India and Tibet.

She and her family love their life as missionaries, but there are many differences in the living quarters there compared to here. I am posting one example here.

Kitchen counters in America are supposed to be 36 inches. This is the standard. If there is a standard then you don’t have to worry about buying a stove or dishwasher or sink and it not meeting up with your counter. For the most part builders foll feet ow this standard. It makes it nice for the majority of Americans–especially the tall ones. When working in the kitchen you don’t get a backache from leaning over or sore arm muscles from reaching up to do something all the time.

The average height of an American is about 5.5 feet tall.
The average height of the Nepali people is just under 5 feet.

That’s a 6 inch difference. Which explains why the kitchen counters are 5 inches shorter than an American counter would be. This presents a problem for tall people in the kitchen here. I am 5 ft. 9in. But thankfully, was blessed with long arms. I didn’t even notice the counters being low until someone else was telling me that their back ached from having to bend over to cut the vegetables.

So you might know you are called to be a missionary to Nepal or Asia for that matter, if you have long arms!!

Granite kitchen countertops with backsplash for small kitchen