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Nepal is beautiful, but it’s also a developing country.  Often things don’t work, the power is off, or there may be strikes. It’s less predictable that the West. People are everywhere. You will come face to face with extreme poverty, which is always a shock. Not everyone is poor, of course, but those who are survive on a few cents a day. We cannot change the system overnight, but we can love those in need.

Where we stay

We try to visit places others don’t, so use local hotels and guesthouses, which vary! Rooms are often simple, with ‘wet’ bathrooms, and firm beds! The staple diet is dhal baht, meaning lentils and rice. The food is spicy, Indian style. It is usually safe, but don’t drink the water!! We have bottled water at all times. An electric travel jug or kettle is a very useful extra.

Weather

Nepal has three main regions - the plains, the hills, and the mountains. The southern plain, the terai, is very hot in summer (high 30s/low 40s), hot in spring and autumn (low 30s), and pleasant in winter. The hills can be hot during the day, but cooler at night. Kathmandu is at 1800 metres, but polluted. The Himalayas are high and cold.

Dress

Mostly light clothing, but a jacket or sweater for evenings. (Padded jacket in winter or mountains!) People cover up more than we do in the West, so bare armpits, ankles and cleavage are unacceptable! Usually Christians wear something smarter for church on Saturdays (which is their ‘Sunday’! Trousers are good for ladies.

Health

We suggest contacting your health advisor about immunisation. Malaria is present though uncommon. But we go to trouble to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes!

Ministry

There will be opportunities to pray for the sick, and often to preach where appropriate. We are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who may give words of prophecy for people or situations. We usually see many miracles, and every team member is used by God!

What to Expect

Orientation Day We meet before we go to get to know each other, pray, and share expectations, ideas, and tips. Debrief We also have a ‘debriefing’ afternoon when we return, to help readjust to ‘normal’ life and hear the stories!
Check out this full report from a previous trip (2Mb pdf)
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John & Bron Fergusson

What to expect

Nepal is beautiful, but it’s also a developing country.  Often things don’t work, the power is off, or there may be strikes. It’s less predictable that the West. People are everywhere. You will come face to face with extreme poverty, which is always a shock. Not everyone is poor, of course, but those who are survive on a few cents a day. We cannot change the system overnight, but we can love those in need.

Where we stay

We try to visit places others don’t, so use local hotels and guesthouses, which vary! Rooms are often simple, with ‘wet’ bathrooms, and firm beds! The staple diet is dhal baht, meaning lentils and rice. The food is spicy, Indian style. It is usually safe, but don’t drink the water!! We have bottled water at all times. An electric travel jug or kettle is a very useful extra.

Weather

Nepal has three main regions - the plains, the hills, and the mountains. The southern plain, the terai, is very hot in summer (high 30s/low 40s), hot in spring and autumn (low 30s), and pleasant in winter. The hills can be hot during the day, but cooler at night. Kathmandu is at 1800 metres, but polluted. The Himalayas are high and cold.

Dress

Mostly light clothing, but a jacket or sweater for evenings. (Padded jacket in winter or mountains!) People cover up more than we do in the West, so bare armpits, ankles and cleavage are unacceptable! Usually Christians wear something smarter for church on Saturdays (which is their ‘Sunday’! Trousers are good for ladies.

Health

We suggest contacting your health advisor about immunisation. Malaria is present though uncommon. But we go to trouble to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes!

Ministry

There will be opportunities to pray for the sick, and often to preach where appropriate. We are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit, who may give words of prophecy for people or situations. We usually see many miracles, and every team member is used by God!