We escaped Kathmandu a week or so ago and joined some people helping out in a village who have “love looks like something” as their slogan. It was great to join them and see the way they make the love so real and practical. It was also extra cool to find about 12 young guys and girls all full of energy and really keen already out there before us!
It was a 2 hr bus journey followed by about a 2 hr hike just to get to the village.
About 10 minutes away from the camp we met the group off to pull down an earthquake damaged house. Me and another guy quickly dumped our bags and set off to find them to join in the fun of blessing someone. The houses in the villages are constructed of mud and stone so the job consists mainly of salvaging the stones from the mud ready for them to be re used.
After about four hours of rock slinging it was time to be blessed by the house owner – bowls of noodles served with traditional Nepalese flattened rice – very nice so long a you ignored the creatures crawling in the rice flakes 🙂 This guy was lovely – he and his six other members of his family all lived in a one room corrugated tin shack a few meters from the old house which was now just a pile of earth. We can only hope that what we had done for him meant that love became something he could see.
Meanwhile Eva stayed at the camp and played games with the passing school children and dressed a few wounds of some of the villagers. It was great to see the smiles of the kids when they had been given toys too.
One little chap came for us to with a swollen knee whilst we worked one house. We prayed for him and the following two days he kept coming back for more prayer. We thanked God for the measure of healing he received but continue to pray that his knee will be fully restored.
It was truly a great and memorable time. Love is contagious and overcomes fear. Pray this broken area and this labour of love.