Our next Share Our Stories post features Jessie Burcaw, Jessie Stangret and Jaime Dease and a little on their experience serving with the Moravian Church in Nepal.
In June 2017, three Antioch servants traveled about 8,000 miles to help at the Moravian School in Kathmandu, Nepal for one month. Jessy Burcaw, a first grade teacher from Unity Moravian Church, worked with the second grade students. Jessie Stangret, a sophomore at the University of Illinois-Chicago from Waconia Moravian Church, taught swim lessons and worked with the kindergarten students. Jamie Dease, a fourth grade teacher from Macedonia Moravian Church, worked with the first grade students. Jessy and Jamie also worked on building the school’s curriculum by creating a Google Drive folder with resources for the teachers.
Along with our school work, we also met other Moravians in a predominantly Hindu and Buddhist country. Our guides in Nepal were Shanti and Vani, who worked at the school and with the church. They were gracious hosts and through them, we went to church in Kathmandu, and Khokona, a village outside of Kathmandu. Although the services were in Nepali and Newari, we felt welcomed and loved by the congregation members. We also attended Fellowship, a weekly meeting with other Moravians, where we enjoyed singing, eating, and discussing scripture together.
God is working through the Moravian community in the Kathmandu Valley and we are so grateful to have been a small part of this larger mission. Next year, we hope to return to Nepal and continue the relationships with the teachers, students, staff, and Moravians. We hope that other teachers who are interested in sharing their gifts will consider becoming involved in this mission, either at home or abroad.
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