Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nepali Sunday School

Today I had the joy of visiting a Nepali Church and helping in their children's Sunday School class. One thing that I should explain first is Nepal's holy day is Saturday NOT Sunday. So today is Saturday and yet Sunday School is still called "Sunday School". Anyways, there were about 40 children of all ages. Many of them come from the local Children's Home and have no parents. It was interesting to watch because they lined the children up by age/height and made them stand in completely straight lines on little cushions. The children then had to make sure that they were arm's length away from the person in front of them.
After that, if anyone got out of his or her line, they were quickly put back in order and there was absolutely no messing around. I have to tell you, it was a stark difference than in Indonesia. I was a bit surprised. But the children were all so polite and happy.

When you pray in a Nepali Church, everyone prays outloud, at the same time. It can be a bit confusing at times, but it made my heart happy to think that each one of these people here are FREE! Free from chains that the other religions have bound around their followers. They do not have to live in fear of forgetting a particular god or fear that a particular god will demand more appeasement and sacrifice. My prayer is that many more Nepali's will experience this freedom and have complete joy in being a part of the Family of God.
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Chandelle Cotter said...

what an awesome experience- God bless you guys!

Maylan said...

They look really cute and cold.

Beth Ellis said...

I can't imagine what they would think of American parenting nowadays :)