I arrived in Nepal straight from Kenya planning to spend some time with my dad and my sister. Dad was hiking to Everest Base Camp and my sister Stacey was traveling back to her home in Seoul, South Korea. We spent a few days together catching up with life and touring the city. I had planned to do some missionary work with YWAM and maybe help with the earthquake relief. However, upon arriving I quickly learned that all my plans had changed because of a fuel crises. For some reason India had shut off all supplies of petrol into Nepal and caused a major shortage which effected everything from cooking, to traveling, to meeting basic needs. As a result, there just wasn't much for me to do at YWAM.
So I prayed.
I prayed for God to show me what to do.
And He did.
The next day I got a message on Facebook from Dean Perry (my instructor/friend/mentor from The Genesis Process). Dean said he had a friend in Nepal that ran a Christian rehab center and was interested in The Genesis Process and had asked for some help.
What A Blessing!
An Answered Prayer!
So I called Parasu Giri, the Executive Director of Vision Rehab Center in Lalitpur, Nepal and we met for breakfast the next morning. He explained to me that Nepal is about 1.5% Christian and Kathmandu is 10% Christian and that they are running the only Christian Rehab Center in the whole country. I was so excited to hear him talk about his work. About setting up the center and about God working so many miracles in his life and in his family. He told me how Jesus was the only person that would come and help him in so many ways and bring so much peace and joy to him and others.
I spent the next two weeks at Vision Rehab Center, training staff, teaching class and spending time with Parasu and Shon, the Program Director, as they shared their testimonies and love for Jesus with the people of Nepal.
Parasu has been running Vision Rehab Center for six years and they currently have sixteen men in the program. I shared with them The Dunklin Curriculum and The Genesis Process
and explained how our staff runs things at The Jericho House. It is amazing how we have so much in common. I can't wait to go back.
Through all my travels...from Kenya, Turkana, Pokot, Honduras and now Nepal...I am continuously reminded how basic our needs are. Our cultures can be so much different but our basic needs of feeling worthy, feeling important, feeling like we have a purpose and that we are loved remains the same and if that need is not met we turn to other things...mainly destructive things. The enemy comes in and deceives us into believing lies. We numb ourselves. We grasp desperately for relief. I am just glad that every where I go, Jesus has gone and is going before me...Kenya, Turkana, Pokot and even Nepal.
I AM CREATED
I AM BLESSED
I HAVE A PURPOSE
Joel E Beauchamp
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