Simon & Wendy are our link missionaries and they are based in Nepal. We agreed as a church to support Simon & Wendy in prayer.
They work as part of a BMS team providing support to the education system in Nepal and are currently living in Besi-Sahar in the Lamjung area.
We have set up a What’sApp group to keep in touch with Simon & Wendy – if you would like to be included then see Julia.
This is their latest prayer letter –
The seasons move quickly in Nepal. The hot humidity of the monsoon has drifted away, and the days have turned dryer, dustier and colder. The rice crop is done and the potatoes are coming up. The harvested grains have been stored away and the hay which served as a playground for the neighbourhood while it dried is now stacked high as feed for the buffalos.
Since we last wrote you we have had a lovely Autumn, celebrated Wendy’s birthday, had a nice Thanksgiving meal with Nepali friends, enjoyed visits from old friends, including Furbi from Kathmandu, The Hayes from Pokhara, Binod and Rachel from Kathmandu, Dawn Weston and some of her old friends, and Philippa Munday all the way from Warrick! We have felt so blessed and encouraged by these visits, and we thank God for providing friends and fellowship in what can sometimes be lonely circumstances.
We didn’t throw a big Christmas party this year, as last year it got a bit out of hand, but we gave each of our neighbours a care package… a bucket full of lots of goodies and nutritious food ingredients. The small gift has opened up new relationships with some neighbours we didn’t know so well.
Last year we celebrated Christmas with the Parnells and Mundays in Kathmandu. This Christmas we chose to stay in Besisahar. We did our best to join the Church celebrating Christmas Nepali style. The whole week leading up we spent the evenings in different church members’ homes. We sang traditional Nepali carols, danced, and ate lots of fried chicken! Christmas day itself looked different from a typical English Christmas. We went to church in the morning, but didn’t return until 7pm! It was a sunny day, and members of the church cooked a goat feast over fires outside. The mutton was the most tender we had ever had. Many Nepali believers do not celebrate Christmas with extended family because they are the only Christians in their family. Some have been shunned by their family for changing religion. Therefore, Christmas is celebrated with the Church; presents, meals, and all.
Work has been varied as we now partner with 15 schools in the local area, up from the 6 of last year. Together with our team from Kathmandu we have been involved in programs, of teacher training, lesson observations, leadership support, student scholarship distributions and classroom library distributions. All of which we then follow up in school to measure their impact.
One element of our school support program involves providing classroom libraries. These books are accessible to students and stay in the classroom, not locked away in another building. KISC EQUIP has recently focused on a program of training teachers how to read-aloud to their students to encourage literacy. I was personally encouraged by this because we recently partnered with a school where the girls we used to tutor had studied. Students from this school have not been successfully learning to read, but now they have resources and are getting more opportunities to practice.
We are thankful for our church and small group at the hospital that provide us with fellowship and a sense of community. Please pray for these people as they share God’s love.
At the time of writing, we are all healthy. We are thankful to be so and ask for continued prayer as we balance the need to invest relationally, while trying to protect ourselves from risks that often result in weeks of sickness.
We are thankful for safe travel for Simon as he got up at 4.30 in the morning to mini-bus back and forth from Kathmandu for meetings. Please pray for continue safety on the roads as we travel in this upcoming season.
Please pray for wisdom in future directions with work projects and life beyond.
Thank you for your continuing prayer and support. May you have a wonderful New Year.
Simon & Wendy previously worked at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). Simon, a communications officer from Croydon, has volunteered with BMS at KISC since 2010. Wendy – who is from Minnesota, USA – has lived in Nepal for several years and began teaching at KISC in 2011.The couple met while teaching at KISC and got married in Nepal in June 2012.
Simon’s home church is South Norwood Baptist Church.
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