We have heard the above line – “okay troops, let’s mosey!” – countless numbers of times on this trip thanks to Dr. Beels. He uses it when we need to hurry up and go somewhere, which is funny, because “mosey” actually means “to walk or move in a leisurely manner.” There is nothing leisurely about the way Dr. Beels walks! 🙂 But we are so thankful he always gets us where we need to be on time.
I bring all this up because unfortunately, we will soon be “mosey-ing” out of Nepal. For better or worse, the time is fast approaching. In Nepal, you know you’re nearing the end of your journey when your driver starts pulling over and asking for directions over and over again. This seems backwards to Westerners – wouldn’t you look up your directions beforehand? – but in a place with no street names or home addresses, you just drive in the general direction and then ask the locals what to do next.
This is strangely wise when you think about it in the context of the end of our trip. Rather than putting an end to our questions and open-mindedness, now is the time to bring our questions before God! It is our prayer that this trip continues to influence our worldview and actions, and that we never stop “pulling over” to ask those around us for their point of view, or to genuinely wonder how they are doing, or get their advice. There is so much to be learned from each proverbial corner of God’s kingdom, especially when you take the time to build relationships with the people in it.
Anyways, you’re probably still wondering what we actually did today 🙂 So here goes: we had a wonderfully slow morning (no commitments until NOON!) so we slept in and enjoyed the comforts of the now-familiar Goshen guest house (including homemade guava jam!). Some of us caught up on our blog reflections while others of us explored around the neighborhood with a map and the directionally-gifted Jacob.
At noon we met Arbin and Bimala at their coffee shop, Higher Ground. Arbin is a Dordt and Calvin Seminary grad, and Bimala a Calvin and Calvin Seminary grad. He works as a pastor and focuses on church planting and evangelism; Bimala helps others through the triple Higher Ground ministries of the Bakery Cafe, Handicraft Store, and Community Development program. These programs provide jobs and opportunities for women and children who were trafficked or at risk for being trafficked. Not only was it great to hear their stories, but we also had excellent food, specialty coffee drinks, and even dessert!!
In the afternoon we saw the Swayambhunath stupa, a Buddhist structure that many Buddhist and Hindhu people make a pilgrimage to see. It’s a large dome with eyes and a peaked top, strewn with Tibetan prayer flags. Buddha was rumored to have meditated here. It was also surrounded by tourist booths, pigeons, and monkeys!
The stupa (photo credit to Google :))
The day ended with a dinner with Erika from Beauty for Ashes, the lovely former nurse we met with both in Grand Rapids and during our first few days in Kathmandu. It was good to share our experience with her and talk with her now that we are not so jet lagged and culture shocked!
Tomorrow is our last full day here in Nepal, and then we will be well on our way to jet lag and culture shock all over again (get ready). Prayers for peace, smooth adjustment, rest, and a good start to second semester would be wonderful. Thanks so much for reading the blog and praying for us on our journey! Keep the beautiful people of Nepal in your prayers.