Today was a huge success and just the boost I needed during this trip.
Since my arrival in Nepal things have been pretty tough. Culture shock has been pretty strong and I wasn't sure if I should even be here. My previous experience in India did not help me as I hoped it would. Nepal is a different beast altogether.
So, when I woke this morning, I was pretty discouraged and was struggling to get out of bed. The dust was bothering my allergies and I really was just in a piss poor mood. So, I did the only thing that made sense. Got breakfast and read the Bible.
After getting some sustenance for my soul and my body I felt better and had some energy to tackle today's mission: meet with two possible networking contacts.
My first meeting was at a local church that was in the middle of building a new church building. They had a tin roof temporary church building next door and the temporary church office was a block down the street. I had met one of the staff members yesterday. Barry (fake name) met me again today and told me about his church. He's the media and worship minister. I also told him a light version of my testimony and we talked about the church more.
They have planted over 27 churches in 25 regions of Nepal! From Kathmandu to the most remote mountain villages, they're working hard to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. These are the kinds of people SRM wants to partner up with! We are in the process of setting up a meeting with the Senior Pastor to discuss such a partnership.
After that, I met with a humanitarian organization here in Nepal whose name I will keep secret for now. They are doing great work in many different areas of need and all over Nepal. They also expressed an interest in meeting further to discuss a partnership. After receiving some contact info for people in their organization I will be setting up meetings while I'm here in Nepal.
This post is already really long so I'll end it here. All in all, today has been a massive success. That doesn't mean Mission Accomplished for Nepal on this expedition. It just means that I'm once step closer.
Thanks for your prayers, they mean more than I can express.
May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He make His face shine upon you and give you peace.
See you next time travelers.