Nepal: A Journey of a Thousand Miles

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

There are times in our lives when opportunities present themselves to step out of our comfort zones and it’s up to us to make a choice to say yes or no. This passed November I had the opportunity to say yes to go to Nepal with a group of individuals from all over the world. In 2015, Nepal experienced a major earthquake and the people of Nepal are still picking up the pieces of their broken country. Nepal is classified as one of the poorest countries in the world and I am excited to have had the privilege of becoming the hands of justice and physically partnering with the people of Nepal to help rebuild and share Jesus’s love with this nation.

During my time in Nepal, we were based at Calvary Chapel Bible College. We worked on three separate projects. We first started by taking a van six hours up into a small village where we conducted an optical clinic, worked on construction projects and led a Vacation Bible School style ministry for the children of the village. To watch these people of the surrounding villages walk for miles and wait for hours to get their eyes tested and receive glasses for the first time was truly amazing. After they received their glasses they were given an opportunity to receive prayer – some said yes and some said no. Regardless, we interacted with each and every person through love. Our entire reasoning for being there was to spread Jesus’s love, so we did just that!

Our second project was to bring Christmas to A Promise Child girls’ home in Kathmandu. At this home these girls live with a married couple who care for them as if they are their own. These girls either lost their parent’s in the earthquake or their families simply cannot take care of them. We spent our time face painting, painting their nails, arts & crafts, dance parties, and much more! We were each responsible for bringing gifts for one or two girls along with stocking stuffers. The excitement in their eyes and the joy in their eyes was nothing like I have ever seen. Our theme for the day was based on Psalm 139, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Each girl was given a t-shirt with this verse on it so they could always remember that regardless of what their circumstance may be here on Earth, that they always remember they are wonderfully made by their Heavenly Father.

Lastly, we went to a government run leprosy colony. The people who live here are shunned by their families because they have leprosy therefore, they all live together in this small village. We were given the option to go or not go in case we did not feel comfortable, but everyone on the team went. I never imagined I would be standing in the mountains of Nepal praying with people who have leprosy, but it is amazing what God does when you say yes to His call.

It was an amazing 12 days making new friends that turned into family. We were blessed to have a few different translators who made our evenings extremely fun by building us campfires and playing Nepali music on their guitars. While this is just an extremely small snapshot of my trip to Nepal, I would be more than happy to speak with you about my trip if you have any questions! If you are interested in donating or sponsoring a child at A Promise Child you can look up more information here. God Bless You!

Lauren Johnson
Youth Minister

Christ Church Greenwich