News from Oldest Son in a far country  (Thank you, Lord Jesus!)

(These letters are even more precious to us because Raph never learned to type — So his method is “search and find” but I suspect that he is getting better at it as time goes on!)

Hey Momma,
  Well we are back from the far west. We were only out there for 10 days instead of 2 weeks. So now we are back in Kathmandu for about ten days and then we go for our second trek. I’m not looking forward to that but it should be better then the last trek. We will have a local guide to go with us and its only for like 5-7 days. So hopefully it won’t be to bad.

   Well like I said, we are back from the west. We rode like 12 hours the first day and stayed in a town called Kohalpur. Stayed for the night, got up the next morning and rode for 4 more hours to reach the far west, right on the India border. We stayed there for like six days and helped a group that someone knew put in 3 wells. It was great. We put 2 of the wells on landless ground. Landless ground is the ground that the government gave to the people who used to be slaves. The government freed the last of the slaves like a little over a year ago, I think. Not a 100% sure but I know it was recently.

     So they live crowded in the areas with literally nothing but a shack/tent. It’s sad but there really isn’t much you can do. And it’s only getting worse because those people are having kids a they don’t have any land for them. A never ending problem. But it was a great experience for me and I was able to cross over into India for just a little. Barely but it still counts:)

   After we were done in the far west we came back to Kohalpur for 2 days and put a well in there for a person that someone knows. It was a good trip and i was able to meet some new people. Good stuff. Well that’s about all that’s happening right now.  Talk to ya later.  Raph


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4 responses to “

  1. That’s life-changing stuff. I’ll never forget seeing the shacks people lived in when I went to Jamaica as a teenager. It gave me a new definition for “poor”. The exuberant joy of some of the people I met there also gave me a new definition for “happy”.

  2. Good news from a far country! Sounds like he is getting along well. What an experience for him.

  3. A letter to treasure form a great son!  He will never be quite the same for having these experiences.  He will be better and appreciate the good USA, more I am sure.

  4. Just read the 3/22 post– whew! Made me tired to read it. Glad you’ve got news from son far away. Proverbs 25:25. mw

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