Praying for Cows [Jeff’s Final Blog from Nepal]

15 May

Praying for Cows [Jeff’s Final Blog from Nepal]

Pastor Barnabas and his son

Praying for Cows

How walking by faith with people in crisis can lead to some surprising encounters

Dear Friends,

“Can you pray for our cows?” the woman petitioned via my partner, who then translated for me. It seems her cows were not producing milk in the usual quality or quantity. I had never prayed for cows before, but figured God cared about this woman’s cows, too.

Missions of mercy in response to natural disasters always seem to be filled with unique opportunities to step out in faith. Praying for cows was one of them. After we finished that prayer, conducted on the dark first floor “barn” portion of this couple’s intact brick-and-mud home, we proceeded upstairs to pray for her sick son. I stooped to climb the steep, ladder-like stairs, and remained in that posture on the second floor due to the low ceiling. She led us near a window where her son, a young man in his early 20s, lay on the floor. We prayed, and she was grateful.

A mother requests prayer for her son…and her cows

On another day my partner Trilok (who, with his wife, Deepa, raise 6 orphaned children with the help of child sponsorships through Orphan’s Tear, Heaven’s Family’s orphan care ministry) received a phone call to meet a man who was connected to another partner who was scheduled to deliver 50 tents, 100 blankets and water purification tablets for 100 families by truck from across the border in India. So we hopped on his motorbike together and made our way across town to some kind of storefront.

Met by a man unknown to my contact, we were guided down a dark hallway to a back room filled with 3 men and a woman, none of whom I’d ever seen before. By this time I was feeling a bit uneasy, wondering if perhaps this was some kind of setup. My fears were not assuaged when one of the strangers, a loud, vigorous man named Yousef, quickly took charge of the meeting without any introductions. To my relief, however, he quickly began talking about Jesus, and his obvious joy in doing so quickly dissolved my apprehensions.

Also at that meeting were Barnabas, who is a pastor, and his wife Masuda and their son. In addition to learning the game plan for the delivery of the tents and other supplies, I also learned that Barnabas and his young family had lost their home in the earthquake, and currently had no place to live. My heart went out to them, and in my spirit I knew that helping them was another step of faith that I was to take. I gave them enough money to buy some tarps, blankets, and food to last a few weeks.

Yousef demonstrating a solar light to Barnabas and his wife

Trilok Pradhan, at left, and his wife, Deepa, far right, with their wonderful children (all of whom are orphans except their biological daughter in blue, to the right, and Trilok’s niece, second from top on the stair)

Finally I want to tell you about Shanta, a widow with two daughters. Shanta works for a local bank collecting savings deposits from its customers. Savers are on the daily plan, which means that each day they deposit as little as 10 Nepali rupees, the equivalent of 10 cents. Every day she must walk for miles to collect deposits, then deliver them to the bank at the end of the day. Not only is Shanta at risk of being robbed, but she is also responsible for paying the bank for any money lost or stolen. And for all her efforts and risk, she earns $50 a month…or less than $2 a day.

Shanta was affected by the earthquake when part of her 2-room concrete-block home settled a few inches due to the intense shaking, which caused major cracks in two walls and across the floor.

I remembered that just before I left home headed for Nepal, my mother slipped $50 into my hand and told me to give it to someone in need. As I sat with my friend Trilok in Shanta’s tiny kitchen, awaiting the fresh cup of tea she offered, I again felt in my spirit that this was a divine appointment, and that my mother’s gift—a month’s wages—was meant to help this poor widow and her children.

Shanta with her two daughters

There will be many more stories in the weeks and months to come, telling how contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund have helped the people of Nepal. Thanks for coming to Nepal with me through these blogs, and thanks so much to all who have given. If you missed one of my previous blogs, click here.

I’m very pleased to report that over $53,000 has been raised so far for Nepal earthquake relief! There’s so much work to be done, however, so we’re praying that $100,000 will be raised to help the Nepalese recover and rebuild. If you’d like to join us in this effort and have not already done so, please click the button below.

Because of Him,

Jeff Trotter
Director, Disaster Relief Fund


A little boy who loves to smile for a camera

At left, a young mother who never has to worry about knowing which hat is for her baby; at right, a woman carrying a basket full of fodder for her farm animals, a very common sight in Nepal

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