Wow, it's been awhile since our last update! Within that time, we got to spend a few months in America visiting family and friends. It was SO good and refreshing to spend time with loved ones, introduce Odella to family, and simply enjoy some of the comforts of being home. We felt really refreshed by the end of our trip and were ready to come back to Nepal.
I almost can't believe it but we've been back for about a month now. Time has flown by! For the last two weeks, our team has spent a lot of time move all of our kids into a new house. As you can imagine, moving 27 kids comes with a lot of packing, cleaning, and painting. It's been a joy to watch the kids settle in and be excited about the newness that comes with a different place.
When we first arrived though we hit the ground running and joined a short term Iris team to some villages surrounding Pokhara. It was our first outreach as a family and definitely stretching, but something we'll be happy to do again one day. The people we met were so excited to see Odella but seriously questioned our parenting skills - they were certain that she would get cold and sick because she wasn't wearing enough clothes (even though she was sweating).
One of the days, we hiked up to a Buddhist stupa meant to bring peace to all who prayed there. While the views were stunning and there was obviously a lot of work put into building the stupda, no one we spoke to had experienced the peace they were looking for. We offered to pray for them and a few let us, but others weren't quite open to it yet. At first, I was discouraged that I couldn't see more happening. But, while praying, the Lord gave me hope by reminding me of a promise mentioned several times in scripture:
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Luke 11:9-10
There were so many people seeking peace that day. What they don't know yet is that peace doesn't exist outside the person of Jesus. And that is what filled me with hope - whether they know it or not, the people of Nepal are looking for Him, the Prince of Peace. As they continue to seek Peace, He continues to be found. These are exciting times in Nepal, please keep praying for hearts to soften and open up to true love and freedom.
We are so excited to be back and to take part in what God wants to do here. He's placed some things on our hearts so look for another post soon with details about what we want to go after in this next season.
Much love from our family to yours,