Our past year has been full of changes and transitions. The Banquet House, one of the central ministries within Iris Nepal was shut down. As a result the Pottery House needed to be shifted as well. The Iris Children’s School was closed and all the kids have since shifted to a new school. Many of the older kids have recently shifted out the kids home into a new building and will be moving on to college or other new things. We have also moved from our flat and are now living above the new pottery workshop. What we are calling the Freedom House, the next venture in serving and showing the love of Christ to the poor, has shifted several times which included moving materials, construction and then deconstruction, until we finally found the right location and landlord. For a whole host of reasons, we decided to no longer pursue the Pottery training center as a registered business. We will still be mostly doing the same work, just not as an official vocational training center. I have also been facing some health issues that has slowed things down quite a bit as I have been pursuing health and praying about the right way to move forward into all this newness.
I am excited to finally have the pottery workshop up and running again. Just this morning I loaded the new kiln for its first fire that I will start tomorrow. I’ve been doing some pottery with some of the kids the past couple of weeks and they are having a lot of fun. A few of their pieces are even in the kiln! Things are a lot different with the workshop being in our building. It has allowed Gwen and the kids to join in with more. Odella has been having a lot of fun with the clay.
The freedom House will be the next big thing that Iris Nepal will be going after. I have been helping to build the building that will house guys who would like to get off the street and help with farming the land. In the next few weeks we will be building a piggery and will soon start raising pigs. The land we found is beautiful and will be a great place for the guys who will be living there to find freedom and new beginnings. We were excited to have our first church gathering at the land for Easter!