Dear Lyla & friends at Tracyton UMC,
It has been just over a year since I left Cambodia and began the journey towards service in Nepal. It was a joy
to spend five months (between February and July 2013) visiting churches
and partners to connect and re-connect. Thank you for welcoming me!
This is my first email newsletter following those visits, so a bit more
on the journey to join with the ministry of the United Mission to Nepal
Last July I arrived in Nepal
and jumped into learning the language and culture. During this time I
have been living with Yagya Panta, one of my co-workers at UMN from the
Education Team, and his family: wife Bimila, daughter Garima and niece
Prianka. This has been a truly special opportunity to learn Nepali
culture. I wrote a short blog
post about a visit Bimila and I made to the nearby city of Baktapur.
In January I started
full-time work with the Health Team of UMN, and in February I headed out
for a visit to Doti in the far western region of Nepal with Anu
Gomangu. There is a short blog
about the Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health training we conducted
there. I am excited to be getting involved in this training, especially
the aspects of menstrual hygiene. It is a wonderful intersection of
several of my passions including water & sanitation through school
toilet access for girls, environmental protection through improved
washable sanitary pads, and empowerment of adolescent girls through peer
to peer education.
Our parallel program through
the Nepali churches called Christian Family Life Education offers youth
a chance to explore their values. They are coached to facilitate
traditionally taboo discussions about adolescent development,
contraception, equality in marriage and between boy & girl children.
In this video
you can hear from the youth about the transformation in self-esteem
they have experienced as facilitators in their congregations.
As we celebrate women's
history throughout March and World Water Day on March 22, I appreciate
your continued support for me to join with the people of Nepal as we
work together to realize the Christ's promise of fullness of life for
all. Thank you.
Your sister in service for Christ,