Daniel Bridges, Nepal: 2015


Our group on the airplane

Our group on the airplane

First off fam, thank you for supporting my mission this summer. Here is my post, most of which I wrote while in Nepal with City Project.

7/5/15, Sunday

Ti-se Guest House (tee-say)

Ti-se Guest House (tee-say)

We arrived in Nepal around 4 pm and went to the Ti-se guesthouse around 5. It was a smooth day of travel. I praise God for our luggage being protected. We ate dinner at Garden Kitchen restaurant located near our guesthouse. The food was delicious.

 7/6/15, Monday

A stupa near our guest house

A stupa near our guest house.

We met in the Parker’s house for a brief orientation. It was useful, fun, and encouraging. The Parker family is awesome. After orientation we ate lunch followed by a scavenger hunt around the Boudhanath stupa. A stupa is a large shrine. Buddhists walk around it, clockwise, spinning prayer wheels to attain karma. But it is a sad place. There’s obvious lostness and idol worship.

We got our tea as it began to downpour and walked through rivers of streets on our way back home. Later, we went out with the Parkers (our host family in Nepal), the Woodsons (Americans who know the Parkers). It was a good night.

7/7-8/15, Tuesday and Wednesday

Each morning we visited an English-language school to converse with the students and help them practice. Then, we explored the stupa and shared our religion with people we met.

At the children's home

At the children’s home

Later, we met back at the Ti-se and went to a children’s home where we shared and acted it out the story of Noah. The kids 6 to 9 years old and so cute. They painted their favorite animals and sang a song for us. We felt like we should also sing. So, we “butchered” amazing grace for them. It was a good and encouraging time. The day ended with dinner at the Parkers’ home.

7/9/15, Thursday

View from the mountain stupa

View from the mountain stupa

Today, instead of sharing our religion as we walking about, we took two taxicabs to a stupa on a hill — about 30-minutes from Ti-se. Total cost was about $5.00 per taxi.

It was another sad place amid beautiful scenery. We returned to the Ti-se and then to the children’s home.

7/10/15, Friday

I felt sick in the morning, so I couldn’t go to the English school. After taking medicine, I joined the group at the children’s home. We gave them a lot of fun stuff, and they gave us Christian thank you scarves. We ate Mexican food at the Parker’s followed by a great time of worship, with Heather playing the guitar, Woody on mandolin, and Katelyn strumming a ukulele.

7/11/15, Saturday

Shopping in Thamel

Shopping in Thamel

We shopped in Thamel and got a lot of great stuff. This place has shop after shop of rain jackets, backpacks, swords, and more — lots of knock-off-brands. We ate at Fire and Ice Pizza, and it was great! It was like the Mellow Mushroom of Nepal, except there’s only one.

Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice

We went back to the Ti-se and packed for Sunday. We then went as a group to Kori’s and had good discussions that encouraged people for their spiritual gifts.

Sharing with Tibeten villagers

Sharing with Tibeten villagers

7/12/15, Sunday

Mountain Road to Timure

Mountain Road to Timure

We left for Timure village at 7:30 in the morning. It was about an 8-hour jeep ride, with the last 3 hours being incredibly dangerous and bumpy. I thanked God for being good and worshiped with some music to calm me down.

We arrived late afternoon and helped the village people unload trucks filled with metal to build houses.

Our camp at Timure

Our camp at Timure

We set up camp on the hard rocks, ate dinner, had a team meeting, and went to sleep later.

7/13/15, Monday

We woke up and had devotion followed by quiet time. I went down by the river with Sung-Bu (a native Christian translator), and we talked about Psalm 131.

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. (Psalm 131:1-2)

We ate breakfast and then stopped by a woman’s house for tea and to share the gospel. Differences in language made it difficult. We returned to the Ti-se for a team meeting before dinner. We ate, played cards, and then went to sleep.

7/14/15, Tuesday

Again, the day started with devotion and quiet time. After breakfast we headed to the lady we had tea with to help move rocks from her garden for an hour. We moved rocks from a doorway of a man’s house so he could get back inside. From there we went to play volleyball and later returned to camp.

7/15/15, Wednesday

The day stared with an excursion into the mountains. It was fun but hot. We had breakfast, quiet time, and then went to see if the people from Tuesday needed help again — they did not.

We moved into an alley to dig out a house where a woman lived. Conor and I started removing the roof off a house. After we finished the alley house, we all worked together on the roof, and successfully got it all off.

Daniel with Kean and Gracey Parker

Daniel with Kean and Gracey Parker

Then, we went to the house of the lady with had tea and shared the gospel with earlier. They listened intently to God’s story as a baby sat between Kean and Gracey (the Parker’s children).

7/16/15 Thursday

We woke up, packed, had devotion, and prayed for safety. A truck took us as far as a landslide that blocked the road about 10 minutes from the village.

We started walking. Nearly there, I was helping ladies over a mound of dirt when people started yelling. I turned to see rocks falling near me. I was prepared mentally for this, because I had devised a plan for a landslide days before. That plan was to sprint in one direction. I made it safely to the trucks thinking my team was going to die! I was terrified!

We made it out relatively unhurt. We rushed into the jeeps and prayed as we listened to worship music most of the way home. We finally made it back. After showering and unpacking, we met with the group to discuss what had happened.

7/17/15, Friday

Flying to Mt. Everest

Flying to Mt. Everest

After the trauma of the previous day, it was good to go on the Everest flight with our group. It was gorgeous. Later that day we went back to Thamel. These final days were relaxing.

7/18/15, Saturday

We spent today getting ready to leave in the afternoon. We arrived at the airport at 6:30 pm for our 9 pm flight. All our flights went smoothly.

7/19-24/15, Sunday to Friday

The final days of City Project were great. We debriefed and heard about what the next year might look like for us as students. But what really stood out to me over these days was what I learned from God.

While thinking about what happened to us in the landslide, I thought, “How can those people up there be comfortable or safe and secure?”

And the Holy Spirit inwardly spoke to me and allowed me to realize this: God’s peace is our greatest comfort and his promise of salvation is our greatest security. So, it doesn’t matter where we are, we are comforted and saved by God. I also learned that the Gospel is so worth laying down yourself for, because of everything Christ has done and will do through you in living for him.

City Project was amazing. I will miss all the people I met and the places I saw. I will not forget what God showed me and I will not lose what God worked through me.

The Timure valley

The Timure valley

Thank you all for supporting me and allowing me to respond to Christ’s great commission!