Wednesday, March 1 was the launch point of a culmination of many months of planning and preparation of a trek to Nepal. Suitcases were packed full with personal belongings as well as items to share with the International Kindergarten that is being administered by Vani and Shanti Pradhan.
The eager visitors fromNorth Carolina, Fran Huetter and Sarah Jennings, are sharing their talents by actively engaging with the students and staff of the school under the guidance of the Pradhans. They will also be joining Autumn Cooper of Waconia, Minnesota who arrived in Nepal 3 weeks prior to Fran and Sarah.
It will be a cross-cultural meeting of people who are focused on serving alongside and learning from each other, immersion into the culture, as well as enjoying time of just being together. What an exciting convergence of people who will live in relationship that cultivates understanding and partnership!
Emma LaBella is 17 and a senior at Salem Academy. In January she travelled far away from her home in Winston-Salem to Lima, Peru. She found herself among people of a different culture and country who spoke a different language and worshiped in a different style… lots of differences.
Emma was there to build relationships and get to know her Peruvian Moravian brothers and sisters. She had the opportunity to do lots of things with them: she taught the little children Bible Stories, using crafts, songs and games; she helped Pastor Ana Maria with her new English Academy; she worshiped at the Somos Uno Moravian Church and was touched by the prayer and participation of the people; she shared her testimony at an outdoor concert in the streets of Lima.
When she got back “home,” she realized that, with all of the differences, somehow she had felt more at home in Peru than in many other places in her own homeland. Serving in a place away from home inspired her to share her story and her gifts at home. Of course, now Emma is realizing that home is not always one certain place. Home can truly be… where the heart is.