Nothing can stop the light from getting through

Clouds morning and night

From the roof

The images here taken off the roof of our hotel speak of life here in Kathmandu…. There are so many clouds….

A three week blockade by India has shut down the import of fuel, cooking gas and other essential supplies…

Most homes,hotels and restaurants are now cooking outside on wood fires. There is little movement in the valley as petrol has not been available for three weeks,

Raja and some of the boys spent yesterday night, and all day today in a queue, some cars have been ‘parked’ in petrol station queues for three weeks; and we’re still waiting…..

We are only a day away from Dashain (Nepali: Daśãi) the 15-day-long national festival. It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar. People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together. So without petrol and few buses, the festival mood is somewhat dampened.

But, as you see from the images above, there is light beyond the clouds and nothing can stop the light from getting through.

The Children are rays of light, as they are doing so well, the earthquake of April 25th is behind them and the push on with their studies, their exams and their life within the IGWR family homes.

And the Volunteers are bright sunshine here, giving and delighting in all that they receive…

And all who sponsor and support the 70 children we look after are totally changing the weather….

You are making a difference, and creating something that is beyond the capability of the new government in Nepal.

THANK YOU for Making a REAL Difference enjoy the sunshine

Peter Humphris

A Christmas Present

If you want to give to someone who has everything they need – Please consider sending a Gift Card that will show your gift as a donation to IGWR and our work in Nepal. It is a delightful way to give in a meaningful way and many who receive the cards are delighted that “they” have both received and given in the one gift. Cards can be ordered via Marie or Peter.

It is In Giving that We Receive

News from Nepal from Marie

Ganga Giri our sponsored nursing student obtained a distinction in her final exams to now become a Registered Nurse. Many thanks to St Paul’s community for assisting her financially and emotionally through her 3 years of study and some difficult times. Your assistance allowed her to move from very poor living conditions to a student room furnished and comfortable near Om Hospital where Ganga could study in peace and without fear.

Two more of our university students will graduate in six months time.

We have a seven year old boy Ayog who has obtained a place at the Disabled New Life Centre (British Centre) as a boarder where he can commence school and continue with his ongoing long term medical care. His fees per month are $100 Australian and we have received a generous on going sponsorship of $50 towards this and if anyone else can help with or share the remainder $50 required please let Peter or myself know.

Many thanks ‘In Giving We Receive’, Marie.

Postcard from Kathmandu from Peter

This visit has been filled with highs and lows…. The new premises and administration of the Snowlands School has created as many problems as it solves and the children still very much need the additional support that comes for volunteers. We have also visited another school and they need even more help – so we are creating another project and are excited about the possibility of bringing much needed support to another 200 children.

We have offered educational support to two more needy families, and have undertaken to put a young girl through nursing college. On a sadder note, Marie is arranging a ‘supply’ of morphine for Sabin to give the family some help with his palliative care…

And what has been a delight is to SEE and FEEL the very real light of St Paul’s shining as a light in the world. Every day there is a sense of creation unfolding.

Postcard from Kathmandu 3 2011

You Can Make a Difference

Twelve months ago we committed to helping this family….

We leased an apartment and brought them in from their village home where they were struggling to survive after their mother died. We employed a “house mother” to look after them, and enrolled all four children in school…….

It was an absolute delight to see life once again glowing in their faces when we visited them this year…..

Each and every one of us can bring life to others…. This is our Divine call into being.

And in this one little example, we know that

It is In Giving That We Receive

Postcard from Kathmandu 2, 2011

Postcard from Kathmandu 2, 2011

Yesterday was very special… a reminder that each and every moment holds the potential for being special…

We went with apprehension to visit Sabin, a 14-year-old boy with one leg amputated. Last year we undertook to get him into school and we did, he spent a month in a private school, and then received a terminal diagnosis of tumours in his lungs… he had to be withdrawn from school and returned to his village home to be with his family….

His short time at school was ‘the time of his life’.

We visited his village home a few days ago, but he was in a Kathmandu hospital for a further check up, so yesterday we went to see him at his uncle’s house in Kathmandu….


Love is a very beautiful gift….. it fills the heart in such a way that we have an opportunity to know our fullest being…

The only thing to bring to a 14-year-old boy who is dying is love…

To sit with him and his mother and grandmother and extended family opens each and every heart.. it calls us into the very depth of love.

To see the eyes of a mother, looking lovingly at her dying son, and a grandmother, looking into the same eyes, and with the same eyes – is to see love’s gift in it’s most intimate expression.

Such sadness accompanies the beauty of love’s gift….. and yet if only we could always see each other through such loving eyes….

We left our blessing, and took with us the memory of love’s longing, and love’s looking….. Hearts now filled with tears, and in that awful filling somehow, a cleansing, an opportunity to appreciate love’s gift anew.


1 2011 How good Lord to be here, and how wondrous are the works of the Lord.

Having been here for just a week we seem to have done so much and encountered so many people, old friends and new. It was a delight to visit the children at Snowlands School once again – our children; and at the same time the emotional balance was again challenged by the agenda/performance of those running the school.

Raja, who manages the affairs of IGWR (In Giving We Receive) in Nepal, arranged a lunch for all who have been helped by us, held in the house we have rented for the five children we took under our wing last year. Forty-two people attended the lunch – our family, those who feel blessed by our efforts and the very same who bless us.

This is ‘Divine work’ and at times it is ‘playing God’, which after all IS the whole Christian enterprise. That can sound somewhat over-the-top, however ‘Australia’ plays God with the lives of refugees; we are challenged here to do the same, however, we have a different God.

Today we went to a rural school that (in many respects) is more needy than Snowlands, and at the same time has more integrity. They received us as we might receive a saviour, for they desperately need to know what resurrection might look like. In the next few days we will develop a project outline and seek to bring new life into this tomb/womb of promise.

The emotional energy seems to ask more of us than of those who come here to climb mountains. Playing God, making real resurrection, living in Christ; these are more than Sunday morning rituals… they ask more of us and give more to us. Here we are alive in the spirit of St Paul’s, each morning as I sit crossed legged on my bed and engage the ritual of morning prayer, I know that there is a oneness that is OUR giving, and it does make a world of difference.

The Future Belongs To Those Who Believe 

In The Beauty Of Their Dreams.

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