Occasionally, we ask those who have served on a team to Nepal to reflect on their experience. Here is a taste of what a Service Team is like.
Thoughts from Jasmine:
My experience in Nepal was truly memorable. To see people drink fresh, clean water for the very first time was just amazing. It was a privilege to serve these people through training the teachers and teaching the children. Seeing how these people live in contrast to our American Society was truly eye-opening and inspirational.
Thoughts from Lauren:
Waking up to the sound of the bleating goats and then a cup of tea. Wishing and hoping for steady electricity through the night so that the fan would keep running. The children, so amazingly patient with our feeble attempts to teach them English. They listened so intently to our songs. Or maybe they were just humoring us, I’m not sure.
The village women, curious about what we were doing but shy at the same time, as we installed the water filter. Wanting to connect with them, but not knowing how. The bright colors of the women’s clothing. The incredible hospitality. The desperate cries for healing. The little one who held my hand.
The joy over seeing themselves in the camera display. Walking with V and hearing her talk to the children. Being able to give people clean water. Eating vegetables fresh from the garden and drinking fresh buffalo milk. The heat. The stares. The joy of the people through adversity. The many flowers the children gave us at each school. The patience of the teachers as we tried to explain English grammar and correct their pronunciation. The joy the teachers had as they used the computers. The amazing food the sisters cooked for us.