My mission trip to the Philippines came to an end on Monday. Early Monday morning, Fr. Philip and his sister Nina drove me to the airport. From Manila I flew to Guangzhou, China, and from there to Kathmandu. After 3 weeks of daily contact with Fr. Philip and the other Orthodox believers there, it was difficult to say goodbye. It was also difficult to reenter Nepal. I felt more acclimatized to the Philippines. I arrived late Monday night in KTM and made my way to the Guesthouse in which I live, and began to get reacquainted with my life in Nepal.
Wednesday I had my first lesson in Nepali language. My teacher is Umesh. He has been teaching Nepali to foreigners for about 15 years. He and his wife lived for 3 years in London, so his English is very good; less Nepali English and more British English. We meet 5 days a week for 3 hours each session. The basic course that I’m taking lasts for 16 weeks. My study of Nepali, however will last for some years.
We’re nearing the “high season” in Nepal, so more and more foreigners will be arriving here at the Guesthouse. A young family from Korea is now living across the hall from me. They are here to help in a church until December. Another older couple whom I have yet to meet have come this week also. It will be like this until the winter when the short term mission workers return to their homes.
So far the language studies are going well, though I do have a headache by the end of them. Please remember me in your prayers that God may grant me understanding. Learning the language is essential to any successful mission work in any country. May God bless you for your prayers and support. – Fr.S.