Today is my first full day back at home after returning from Nepal and India. Right after Christmas, I went with a team of 12 people from my church on a two-week long mission trip to carry out a youth retreat and visit some First Love International children's homes. Getting there was absolutely hectic and exhausting - 3 days of travel from San Francisco/USA to Beijing/China to New Delhi/India to Kathmandu/Nepal. It was a challenging, but unforgettable trip overall. I'm excited to go through more photos as I reflect and process the trip more, but for now I just wanted to share some iPhone photos that document our time spent in Nepal on the first week.
1 - As the plane descended into the city of Kathmandu in Nepal, our first glimpse of the city consisted of many colorfully painted buildings surrounded by a dusty haze.
2 - A break taken in the middle of our long and bumpy 6 hour drive straight from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to the youth retreat site in Sauraha.
3 - One of the afternoon activities at the youth retreat was a jeep safari ride into the jungle with the youth. We ended up at a calm and beautiful lake - Beeshazar Lake in Chitwan National Park.
4 - The lake was so serene, its water mirrored the trees and surrounding landscape perfectly.
5 - Another one of the afternoon activities was exploring the resorts nearby the retreat site with the team, while the kids were at an afternoon session with their children's home directors.
6 - Our team stopped at a restaurant to enjoy some lassis and play mafia.
7 - This is the main room where the retreat activities took place: devotionals, meals, worship, teaching, small group time, crafts, testimony sharing, performances, and an amazing evening of singing and dancing with the youth on the last night.
8 - Saying good bye to the youth we met as the buses took them back to their homes and hostels.
9 - The First Love Children's Home in Parshadhap, where we stayed a single night after the retreat.
Just capturing as I go.