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Slum God.

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015

Please following the link below to read Dr. Preston Sprinkle’s  post on God alive in the Balkhu Slum Settlement of Kathmandu, Nepal...

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A Perfect Combination

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014

On the same day we visited the leper colony, we visited a retirement home for women. We didn’t know what to expect. But once again, we were pleasantly shocked by what we encountered. A four-storied run-down house filled with social rejects cared for and loved by Mrs. Dil Shova Shrestha, the mother Theresa of Nepal.     Upon our arrival, we were mobbed by children. Beautiful, overjoyed, snot-pooling-on-the-upper-lip children. They were so excited to see such large people—Americans—throwing them around like amusement parks on legs. We didn’t actually know that there would be children at the home. We thought we were visiting an old folks home for women, the “Sunrise” of Nepal. But Beki forgot to tell us that Mrs. Shrestha knew that orphans needed a home too, and that the sight of the children would bring joy to the elderly women, so she decided to blend the two—a perfect combination—small orphan kids and elderly women, both rejected by society and in need of one another.     We were blessed to be able to serve this community, if even for a moment. It was snack time, so we passed out hard boiled eggs, warm milk, and a donut to the children first and then to the old women. I’m not sure if they’ve even been served by Californian men before, but it was our joy. It’s why we come on these trips. Afterwards, Matt and Kevin talked about the love of Christ with both the women and the children, and then a few of us joined in the children’s Cricket game. Both the elderly women and the children were beautiful, but we were most impacted by the story of Mrs. Shrestha.     Mrs. Shrestha came to Christ about 9 years ago and she’s given her life to the mission of Christ in ways that would blow your mind. She lives at the home with the women and the children, and her smile never leaves her. She surrounding by smelly kids, women suffering from dementia, and walls covered in feces. And she smiles? Why? Because she believes, she actually believes, that it is more blessed to give than receive. She receives no government aid for her work and she doesn’t have any source of income. She lives on faith—the miraculous knock on the door from a man with a bag of rice.     While we were there, we heard such a...

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The Beauty of God

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014

Distorted faces. Gnarled fingers. Thick leathery skin. No fingers. No eyes. A thick smell of urine wafting through the air as heavy as the smog in the air. Not the sort of images that come to mind when you think of beauty. But when it comes to humanity, God breaks all the rules. These people, though rejected by the world, are beautiful to God. It was our second day in Nepal when we visited a leper colony and we were all blessed and troubled by what we saw. But first, a bit of context. A little about Touch Nepal Touch Nepal supports indigenous ministries in Nepal. As part of this ministry, we make an annual trip to maintain relationships, explore future ministry opportunities, and encourage the believers and leaders that we are serving with our ministry. This trip is the highlight of the year, the climax of our ministry. And this trip was even better since two pastors at Anthem church, Matt Larson and Kevin Bailey, were able to join the Touch Nepal team, which includes Mark Avery, Jon Fish, Dathan Graham, Adam Finlay and I (Preston Sprinkle). Touch Nepal came under Anthem about 9 months ago and the people of the church have been more than enthusiastic about this ministry. So to have Matt and Kevin with us was a tremendous delight. Our second day was packed full of eye-opening ministries includes a visit to a leper colony outside the city of Kathmandu. 150 lepers reside in a compound and they receive minimal government aid—just enough to keep them alive. And the government gives them no love. But Beki, the Christian pastor that Touch Nepal supports, has been serving the leper colony for a few years now. He brings them food. He brings them treats. He showers them with relationship, touch, and love. And we were able to come alongside Beki in his Christ-like visitation. We handed out food, tea, sugar, and chocolates (for the kids). We took a lot of pictures and we talked to a lot of people. We gave out handshakes. We gave out hugs. And we passed smiles back and forth—the universal sign of a common bond. We are human, and they are human. We had so much in common. We are all divine self-portraits, even if we don’t have any fingers or feet. Reflecting What did we learn from our visit? First, we...

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