Upwards to Thulo Sirubari [Jeff’s 3rd Blog from Nepal]

14May

Upwards to Thulo Sirubari [Jeff’s 3rd Blog from Nepal]

Up, up, up we drove from Kathmandu, winding along steep mountain roads around countless switchback curves—none of which had guard rails—to visit more villages impacted by the earthquake in Nepal. My ears popped many times as the air pressure changed, but I enjoyed the cool, fresh mountain air (except for the many times we got temporarily stuck behind slow-moving trucks or buses belching out black diesel fumes!). I also enjoyed the spectacular views across verdant valleys to the blue-hued mountains in the distance. Words—and even photos—are insufficient to describe the breathtaking beauty.

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01Mar

Christians with Disabilities Fund

Cursed is a label often branded on disabled children and adults in poor nations. Perhaps even more tragic, it is a label often believed by those with disabilities. Their pain is amplified by cultural ignorance. In India, for example, Hinduism teaches that disabled people are receiving what they deserve for sins committed in a former life. Thus, to do anything to relieve their sufferings only prolongs their "just" misery.

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05Dec

God’s Grace in Gaza

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent armed conflict between Israel and Gaza. As is often the case, innocents are either caught in the crossfire or neglected due to strained resources or the evacuation of aid workers. Happily, Heaven’s Family has found a partner currently working among the needy in Gaza, and we’re funding two of their aid workers for a year to help those like “Mohammed,” an 11-year-old boy who has been partially paralyzed since birth.

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16Sep

Breathing the Air of Heaven

Emiliano Esquivel worked hard in the fields in rural Mexico, but the 83-year-old barely made enough money to feed himself. Despite his poverty, he enjoyed the fresh air and smells of the earth each day. Tragically, one day he fell, breaking both an arm and a leg. Because of his age, doctors advised him to try to heal naturally, believing that an operation would be too risky.

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01Oct

The Fight of His Life

Kumar Lama was handed a gun at age 13, when he was forcibly conscripted into an army of Maoist rebels in his home country of Nepal. His communist captors trained him to fight and kill as they sought to overthrow Nepal's long-standing monarchy. When peace finally came to Nepal in 2006, at least 12,000 people had perished in the violence. Kumar's life was spared, and he returned to civilian life, finding work as a carpenter and eventually marrying a girl named Maya Tamang. She gave him a beautiful daughter whom they named Sajina. With his dark past behind him, Kumar looked forward to a brighter future with his young family.

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