Hello, my friends,
Homes in Yarsa, Nepal, are being built at a quicker pace than ever before; and by this time next month, we project that all homes will have their walls up, and those involved in the member-led service trip will be helping with roofing and finish work. My heart is full of gratitude and joy thinking about the many members who joined with me in dedication and commitment to help rebuild this city.
I remember when I was first asked if I would take time to visit this impoverished country to assess the destruction caused by multiple earthquakes to see if I had any ideas about how we could help these people and relieve some of their suffering. My time was tight and I really didn’t have room in my schedule, but I felt impelled to go. I had never been to Nepal before, so this was a new experience for me.
When we first landed, the stench of burning and decay was ever so faint in the air, giving an eerie feeling of what I was about to see. We traveled to several villages, seeing the same devastation. I was overwhelmed with the feeling of wanting to help.
I ordered a brick-making machine out of South Africa like the one we have in Ecuador; and with the anticipation of its arrival, we began to make plans and get organised. It was an adventure teaching these people how to make bricks out of the dirt they walked on combined with just a little sand and cement. Big dump trucks, excavators, and loaders began to arrive, bringing a sense of renewal that seemed to permeate the air. Our Foundation was the platform; and as we felt the enthusiasm of our members, I knew we were going to have a great experience. As our members arrived, the villagers were filled with an enormous feeling of hope and gratitude.
Serving God’s children for the same purpose brings people together in a very special way. How grateful I am for those who shared this experience together, creating lasting memories and hearts filled to overflowing.
We are experiencing so many wonderful things around the world as our Foundation continues to reach out to new areas of need. Being part of the Foundation and sharing the joy of giving of ourselves and our abundance to so many in need is truly a blessing.
Thank you for all you continue to do.