Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I had a chance to do a live radio show tonight that went out to 3,000,000 (million) people. It is the only Christian Radio Station in Nepal and has been on the air for 2 years. This particular program was run by a guy from Pastor Bishwa's Church -- with commercials (by the way -- I was asked to do their new Radio Intro -- so I did a gratis Voice-Over for them.
I had a chance to share my story of living with AIDS and how the love of Jesus has strengthened me in my life. I was also asked about my time in Nepal and what I would hope to do in the future -- I think because I am really tired today -- I did not focus on how many people were listening or I would have been more nervous -- it is amazing to me that so many people can hear the same thing at the same time -- crazy.....
They announced the Youth Program that we are doing this Friday -- so who knows how many people will show up.....we shall see.
...... took some shots while on the back of a scooter -- very heavy traffic in certain parts of the city. Also there is what is called "load-sharing" which means that there are times during the day where electricity does not work -- that means even hotels -- that you pay to stay in -- don't have things that work - like the lights, or sockets, etc. they only work 4 hours during the day and it is usually when you have other things planned like between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm the power is on -- and also during 12:00 midnight and 4:00am -- the rest of the time -- it is on generator -- but phones don't work, light switches don't -- really hard trying to get stuff done -- I am staying in a hotel that is very cheap - about $20.00 US per night -- however -- it is weird to not have anything work -- it is like playing "hotel." I am growing in patience -- and loosing it all at the same time (God help me!)
some interesting shots around this very old city........I feel like I am back in time for sure.....
I arrived in Katmandu on Sunday afternoon after a very busy Saturday with the Pastors Conference in Hyderabad. I was greeted at the airport by Pastor Bishwu and some other guys from the church and taken to the hotel that I am staying. I slept for 10 hours straight and was met the next day to go and visit a hospital to pray for some people from their congregation -- including a newborn baby that has 2 holes in his heart -- Afterwards I had to get some cash so I was getting ready to use an ATM -- a machine by the way that when I put my card in said, "Hello John Forbes" all the way in Katmandu, Nepal -- I then looked over my shoulder and saw this elephant coming down the road -- lucky to get some shots -- on one hand I was marvelling at technology and then I saw this.......
The conference took place on Saturday, February 28th -- we had about 56 Pastors and about 6 volunteers attend the conference -- rounding out to a nice group. We had a couple stops and starts with the program actually going forward -- so with only 3 weeks notice and a go -- we were pleased with the group that attended. I was especially pleased that we had 30 Seminary/Theological Students attend. With them still forming many opinions and ideas about their calling and purpose it is a great privilege to speak to them at this critical time in the life of their vocational training.
The Conference was Co-Sponsored by Andrah Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, and its representative Prabhakar who works as a consultant with them. This is a new area of them working with "Faith-based" organizations -- so we were very pleased to get their support. Trevain from NeoLife Mission facilitated communication with the Pastors and Leaders in town and also helped pull together the administration of the event.
This event really confirmed this particular area of responsibility that I feel God calling me to and that is to bring awareness from a biblical perspective to Pastors and Leaders and the great opportunity for the Church to respond in Love to this pandemic that affects so many.
The Pics are of the Banner which hung over the stage, Trevain, Vijay & Praveen who helped with registration another shot of some of the registrants, a shot of Trevain Raj Kumar (left) NeoLife Mission Trust, Prabhakar, APSACS, (ctr) Myself (A.G.A.P.E. - A Global AIDS Perspective Enterprise).
.... in this group of photos you can see one of myself and Solomon, my translator, and myself doing a session called LIVING WITH AIDS, one with Prabhakar from APSACS - Andrah Pradesh State AIDS Control Society along with some other attendees, another session and then Lunch with some of the group -- and closing out with the final session "The Seat of Mercy" where I share a biblical perspective and responsiblity for Christian Leaders. We ended with a time of prayer and repentance for not fulling walking in love in response to the HIV/AIDS community and then rededicated our time and resources to this end!
.....In these photos we were handing out Certificates from A.G.A.P.E., APSACS & NEOLIFE MISSION for the attendees, and also there is a shot of the seminary students and myself -- they were a great group of young new leaders!
Saji & Priya - are working with YWAM Hyderabad and taking care of ministry to those infected and affected by HIV. I had the pleasure of meeting Saji last year and got to spend the day with he and Priya and also do some in home ministry with a couple women on our way back to where I was staying. I thank God for them and look forward to getting to know them even more in the future. In the photo -- I am on the left, Saji in the middle and Priya on the right!