Hello everyone! I chose to go to Nepal for this year’s STM with CCMN. Of course, I had an unforgettable and totally different experience compared to my past mission fields. Many assumed my main reason to go was because of the earthquake, but that’s only a small part of it. I chose to go to Nepal because I wanted to challenge myself. I wanted to challenge myself to go without anyone I knew, to practice stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people. I also wanted to try going to a place that was open to the gospel, because my past mission fields have been restricted countries. Last of all, I wanted to experience a culture completely different from the ones I already knew in my life.
The rest of my team and myself overcame much more physical and spiritual challenges than we expected. Something that caught me by surprise was the travel. When you travel for a full 2 days, it is much more draining than you’d expect. It took our team two whole days to get to the church we were staying at. From Hong Kong to India is 6 hours, then we waited another 7 hours for a transfer flight to Nepal, then from India to Nepal is another 2-3 hours, and finally a ten hour bus ride to the church. The living conditions are very different from Canada. Toilets didn’t really flush, and there was limited amount of water everyday; if we ran out, we ran out. As soon as we arrived, we spent every single day climbing up and down mountains for hours, visiting villages. I don’t think I’ve sweat so much or climbed so many mountains in my life.