Carl Update 032910

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to give all of you an update on a few happenings from our family to yours.

Gina and I were blessed to see our friends in church this morning, Barb and Patrick, missionaries to Haiti.  Patrick preached, and I mean preached about basing your foundation on the “Rock” (you know which one)  and the importance of standing strong against the evils of the world.  Patrick lost an arm and Barb lost her leg as a result of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince in January.  Thank you God for sparing them both, for their determination, and their witness!

SERE School – Well, I finished and am home, but didn’t graduate.  Let me say this…there was lots of ice in mountainous forests, the weight was heavy, and I am awaiting a medical appointment to schedule my fourth surgery for hernia repair.  Apparently, I am still “under warranty” from the last one in 2007 and we are working through the red tape to get the repair.

We are working on the details for two upcoming Summer missions… we’ll try to send a specialty team to both Mustang and Uganda in July and August of 2010.  We are excited to see some faithful servants returning to both mission fields to serve again and are praying for the Lord to send along a few additional partners too!

Yam, our ministry partner in Kathmandu, is asking for our prayers… she is operating another brick camp ministry this season in the suburbs and wrote recently to say that it was a “very difficult this year.”  I am not exactly sure what that means, but Yam has a strong can-do personality and if she is asking for prayer, then we need to pray for her.   I will pass on more as we know more.

The photo above depicts the cremation of the former Prime Minister of Nepal.  He died on Sunday and the cremation took place at the Pashupati Temple.  We have been there dozens of times with our short-term partners.  The Hindu belief is that following death, the spirit must be freed by fire.  There’s much more to it, but suffice it to say that we know that the Spirit is freed through the shedding of blood, right?

Many blessings to all,

~Carl and Gina

Caption for photo… Late Girija Prasad Koirala’s daughter, Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala lighting funeral pyre on the former’s body, at Pashupati Aryaghat, Sunday evening, Mar 21, 2010.