Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…?
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Hopes, plans, future, life is comprised of many journeys, but the best one is God’s journey for us.
Ever since we decided in 2007 to move to Bethlehem so Trina could get her M.Div. (not an easy decision), we have tried very hard to follow God’s leading. And what a journey God has taken us on—two years of seminary in Bethlehem, Pa., five wonderful years in Unionville, Mich., and for Ken, seven months in Hawley, Minn. /Fargo, N.D.
And through all these years there have been many ups and downs, frustrations and joys, excitement and fears, but most of all there’s been relationships, fellowships and you!
Everyone that we have met has impacted and inspired our lives. You’ve loved us, embraced us, laughed with us, cried with us, even corrected us. But always with the love of Jesus Christ, and that brings us to today!
Why are we here, October 2014, in Kathmandu Nepal? And more to the point, why are we here for one year? That’s a long time!
We will be working with the Moravians here, with the preschool and kindergarten, for 2-5 year-olds, doing administration, IT, maintenance and so much more. We are helping as the Pradhans, Moravian pastors who have been serving in Nepal since 2009, seek to begin an elementary school that will likely include a new building to house both the kindergarten and the school—not an easy task in Kathmandu.
We have two Moravian churches in Kathmandu and Trina will be a part of the preaching rotation. We will also get involved with music and other gatherings. Trina has a “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” certificate and hopes to do some tutoring. Ken is involved with a Christian-run restaurant called Top of the World Coffee, working with them to improve their operation. We are also looking into the viability of establishing a mission house for Antioch Servants and others to stay at while in Nepal.
We also need to learn the language! Nepali isn’t easy, many letters sound alike and they add prefixes and suffixes differently than English.
Nepal is a country that only allows foreigners to stay for five months in a 365-day period and so we came wondering how God would work that out. It looks like Ken will become a student (taking photography, art, music or language) so we can obtain a student visa which lasts for a year.
So there is our year in a nutshell. As you can see we have a lot to do. One thing we always remember though is that we are in Nepal. Everything can change weekly, daily, or hourly. Nepal time is flexible and so we must learn to allow plans to change on a moment’s notice.
God is at work in the world; the Holy Spirit is calling us all to the good work of sharing the gospel in many and varied ways. Please join us on our journey as we will share periodic updates through the Board of World Mission Newsletter or email Trina at firstname.lastname@example.org. God has both blessed us all and challenges us to be doing what he has called us to do. Please keep us and everyone here in your prayers as we faithfully serve our risen Saviour.
Trina and Ken Holmberg are serving in Nepal. Additional photos by Myra Jones and Alice Mosebach.