Monthly Archives: March 2014

Create2Change!

Are you tired of your same monotonous life? Do you sometimes feel like there is so much to do, you want to do something, be a part of something, and make life more meaningful? We can’t ensure you that this is the place you are looking for but maybe you would like to lend a helping hand to bring a smile on the faces of people while you can. Come join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month, where we will not only be learning something new, meeting new people but also be a part of making a difference in someone’s life.

We are a small group of people coming from different walks of life but having the same vision- a vision of a place where people feel and are loved. Our aim is to spread the love that is so freely available but barely reached towards.  We understand that to make a difference one does not necessarily need to donate huge amount of money, all it takes is just one small step of faith towards making an effort to spread the love. That’s what we are here to do.

The training is conducted twice a month (First and Third Saturdays) from 3-5 pm. We provide training on making accessories like bracelets and earrings but we are planning on making more materials in the future- you can provide us with your ideas too! All the materials that are made by the individuals remain at the workshop; the goods are packaged and sold within our own networks (friends and families). All the proceeds go towards the benefit of an organization that we feel is in need whether in cash or kind including organizations that are helping our fellow beings- the animals! We make sure to do a study of the organization before the funds are provided and all the updates will also be posted on our FB page (page soon to be updated). We do not charge for the training, the trainer or the materials used. All the materials are bought pre-hand with the support of the Create2Change members.

Smiles and Love-

From the funds raised this time, we will be supporting HIV+ children (details will be updated).

What do you need to do?

Simply contact us (Chumlano Lama 9818-428879; Tsering Gurung 980-3667927 or Email: [email protected])

Do I need to bring materials on my own?

No. All the materials are available at the workshop; you don’t need to pay for it. All you need to do is simply be there to lend a helping hand!

Is there a travel or any other provision for me?

Unfortunately, the travel costs will have to be borne by the interested individuals themselves. We do not provide any training certificate as such nor do we provide money for the goods sold to the individuals who made them. As mentioned earlier, all the proceeds go towards organizations that we feel would benefit from the funds raised. So your time and energy is what will be required and we much appreciate and value that.

If you are interested or if you have anyone who would be interested, we would love to have you with us! Please contact us for further details and location.

LET’S WALK THE TALK!

People are Important!

WE’RE NOW ON FACEBOOK!

All our products and updates of activities under Create2Change (C2C) will be up on the page. You can also place your orders as the prices are available next to the products. and oh! you can also give your own designs if you like!  Any comments or suggestions are also welcome.

Give us a thumbs up if you’re with us 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/create2change

 

 

Befriending Job

(A delayed post): This is a story of my terrible yet wonderful week. I’m going to be as explicit and candid as anyone can get, so you’ll have to be patient and bear with me as you read this post or… please feel free to stop reading as you go along, which I hope won’t happen.

It’s just been few weeks since I got well from the flu and before I could recover well I was down with the monster of all pains. PILES. How many of us here has heard or even experienced piles? If you haven’t, I’ll give you a minute to google that… YEP! You wouldn’t even wish that on your enemies. (you can go Aee, Eeww, Iiiee, Ooo, Uumm) I had this pile-like symptom about two years ago, I was terrified, I did everything possible to stay fit, all was well until that dreadful Sunday morning of March 2nd 2014. Believe me, I am or rather used to be the most secretive superstitious person regarding my stuff, like if something good happened I refused to share it with people in the fear that they would be jealous and I would get the badluck, if something bad happened I would like to keep it to myself for the fear of having people judge me or worse be happy for me and wish me more badluck. And here I am writing about PILES for the whole wide world to read. K bhanne! I had my coming week all planned out, It was all set. Well … God the author of my life had something else in store for me. Who can stop him? 🙂

Day1 – the attack
It wasn’t your laid back, sunny sunny side up egg smiley sunflower Sunday morning oh no… it was everything but that. I didn’t know what was happening to me I was traumatized; I was crying my eyes out while the rest of the family was enjoying their laid back Sunday morn. I had no strength to call them for help, I was just helpless crying in so much pain all I had was Jesus. A few minutes seemed like ages and I just knew that the only place I could draw my strength was from him. After the painful traumatic experience, I went back to bed unable to neither sit straight nor walk properly (I literally had to drag my feet), full of pain, I simply couldn’t stop crying. Strangely the song was on repeat mode in my head ‘strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord’ then I was like wait a second, all this pain and suffering is only temporary. There will come a day when none of this will exist. So I decided I would no matter what keep focusing on God and not give up on him and blame him and myself like the way I did previously. Extra toppings- bad headache, diarrhea, nauseated, tooth ache, chest pain.

Day2- pain continues
I couldn’t help but remind myself that God doesn’t let any experience go to waste. There’s always a reason for it. So all the while I kept asking God to help me understand what is it that I needed to learn from this experience. During my sick days I was constantly reminded of Job. I only heard of him but never got to read his story. Job had painful sores right from his head to his feet and me… well, I just had a really sore butt! But the point is Job didn’t give up despite the fact that everything was taken away from him, he trusted God. I remember the first time I had this pile like symptom, I prayed to God but when the pain didn’t go away I was just so pissed at everything and more so at myself. This time it was different, I turned to God because I have come to understand that he is my only source of everything! And I was going to draw my strength from him. Then I turned the chapter to Job.

Day3- the torture chamber

Until day 2, I kept my eyes on God, I tried to use the time to read and just spend more time with him (you give me a book to read I will probably return it to you after a year-without finishing the book. 2, 3 pages and I’m zzz…). Day 3 was quite different, the pain was excruciating and I was just frustrated. I almost wanted to give up on God because I thought there was no hope, I hated going to the toilet which now seemed like a torture chamber. I remember praying ‘cause I was just physically and spiritually tired I was done, I just laid it all out before God I couldn’t go on anymore I just needed him to hold me if I let him go. You know what I mean? But as I kept reading ‘Job’ I was just amazed at his faith and hope in God despite all that happened to him. Yes, there were times he was frustrated and even questioned God, he laid it out all out before God but never gave up on him. It was just so wonderful to have Job because I could learn so much from his suffering to hang on to God because he knows exactly what he’s doing although we may not understand why. What was even more amazing is satan actually had to ask permission from God to hurt Job! That’s my God!

Surely was a beautiful morn!

Surely was a beautiful morn!

And I’m going to stay strong come what may. God will not let us suffermore than we can bear, he knows when it’s enough, and he will just end it all and pull us up into the safety of his arms. I was overwhelmed with all of this and before I knew it I was right back where I belonged- with Jesus. I opened up the curtains and windows of my room after what seemed like ages, it was a lovely morning minus the pain.

Day4- pain and relief

By day 4 I was bit better, was able to walk and sit properly although going to the ‘comfort’ was no comfort at all. I was the kind that wanted to see miracles but I failed to realise that my whole life has been such a wonderful miracle; I can’t begin to explain it. During my painful times, I was just simply broken. I tried to learn from Job and not repeat my old mistakes of asking God why, instead I kept asking him to stay with me, that was all I needed. There was also a point in one of those days (probably on day1) I was just brought down and even asked for forgiveness of my sins but as I read through Job, I realised how limited our thinking really is.

Job 1:20-22 (when Job learnt that he lost everything he had including his children- not his wife though)
20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” 22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing. (Can you believe saying that if you were in his place? No right? Isn’t it amazing how faithful and trusting Job was I was just blown away!)

Job 2:9-10
9 His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” 10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. (As I read through Job who was a wealthy and upright man, he lost everything he had including his children and health. During his times of suffering his friends visited him and didn’t make it any easier for him and his response to his wife- ‘shall we accept good from God and not trouble?’ (Often times we think that loving God and walking in his ways will prevent us from trouble, sickness and suffering but it’s only what we think. It is so easy to give up on him when the pain persists, when times are tough but know that God will never forsake us).

Day5 &6- pain, relaxation and realisations
Pain and suffering is not an outcome of karma or the clothes that I wore or the ring or the bag or shoes or socks or if I put something right or wrong or what the horoscope has in store for me today or this year or what my grandfather or my father or mother did or so many things that if I mention I’m afraid this post would have several parts to it. And I certainly wasn’t suffering from piles because I sat on a pillow or of lack of proper hygiene! I had been limiting or rather made up my own god who makes me suffer according to all that I just mentioned above. A god that I feared for all the wrong reasons, a god that I bribed and thought I could get away with whenever I wanted, a god that I never really loved, a god that didn’t love me. I tried so hard to do everything right, I remember once when my mother said ‘bad things happen to bad people’ since then I believed that I was a bad person, I tried everything I could to be good to do good and each time I failed and just ended up hating myself even more because troubles would still come my way anyway! And all the while I just kept questioning the god I had created, I kept blaming him. What I have come to understand is that whatever we may be feeling we just got to bring it to God – and this is the Living God i’m talking about ok, the God who listens, who understands every bit of our being, a God who LOVES us, he will understand instead of keeping it to ourselves and becoming bitter towards God, yourself and your life. God does everything his way, in his time. Nothing can stop his plans from taking place. No matter what we do what we think, he is still God.

I really don’t know what to make of this whole experience but one thing’s for sure, I’m humbled it. It has been painful but more than anything else it has just been so refreshing. I was home throughout the week, not in contact with people, no work so I just had a lot of time to well… groan in pain the first 3 days, listen to a lot of wonderful music- who knew Gospel music would be this awesome?, read a lot (few pages a day is a lot for me right now, this is improvement I tell you), I was blessed with my parents and our didi (who also happens to be a follower of Christ) who were taking care of me the whole time, I got to watch a few of francis chan videos. I… was on a vacation people! a vacation that I hadn’t planned but was planned by my Savior who knew exactly what I needed – to spend time with him, learn to listen to him and to simply trust and love him. I’m more than happy right now, I have Jesus and all the people before us people like Job, Paul, Moses, Rahab and many more (I’ve just read about them so far, much reading to be do), I am just amazed at their faith, their trust, their obedience, their conviction, their spirit, their LOVE for God. Really it just blows my mind. How God worked through people like us, did amazing things. And I know I will have troubles blowing my way every now and then but God’s preparing me well for it. Extra toppings- got to complete the muffler I had been knitting for my pops, got to spend the entire week at home with pops before he left.

This is how i looked after a week long of suffering & realisations, Bring it on!  ;)

This is how i looked after a week long of suffering & realisations, Bring it on!
😉

Interestingly in all the pain and sadness I kept talking to God and just being thankful all the while for helping me get through and for every little thing. If you read our previous blogpost on ‘Thanksgiving’, it really reminded me who really is in charge and give thanks to him despite the situation. It’s amazing how strength comes when you give thanks.

I was watching francis chan’s sermon last night and these are the points that I jotted down and would like to end this post with this – it’s not about where you are what circumstances, once you know Jesus, wherever you are whatever it is, you are happy, you are content. Live it all for Christ. We should be living an insane life for Jesus because we are sure of what’s in store for us in the future. We need to live a life that demands an explanation.

 

Wrath of God

Hello all,

So sorry for such a delayed post. This was supposed to up here about 3 weeks back but somehow I always let procrastination get the better of me. I have been busy though, which of course tell me that so have you. So, it just reminds me of some wise words from my favourite book- the Bible of course, “do at once, what you must do one day”, (which is also included in my message below). My apologies once again, (though I don’t know if its significant here, but I feel I shouldJ).

About 3 weeks back I had the privilege of sharing the word with our brothers and sisters at bansbari church, Kathmandu, and it was wonderful to just be there with such wonderful people. When Santosh chettri ji first asked me to share, I was a little unsure about myself as it was a different congregation and I didn’t know anyone there and I had not been to a service there before so I didn’t know how things were done and all the excuses i could possibly come up with came into my mind. But this was on Christmas day and I couldn’t go that day as we had our service the same time as their church, and secretly my mind was at ease (it was more like divine intervention, coz when we share we share what god wants to share not what we want to, and in my case I wasn’t prepared). So this time when santosh ji called me and asked me to share, the first thing that came to my mind was- wow! What a privilege and a great opportunity. So I went there on 8th feb and shared about the wrath of god.

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”- Hebrews 10:31

Wrath : extreme displeasure or anger. Its always looked at as a negative attribute.

Someone once defined God’s wrath as –“eternal detestation of all unrighteousness, the displeasure and indignation of dire equity against evil. The holiness of God stirred into activity against sin”. How rightly have they defined it. God’s wrath is not a defect in his divine character. Divine wrath is not vindictiveness, its divine perfection. Don’t compare divine wrath with our human anger. Its not the same and it cannot be compared. When we think of anger or wrath we think in terms of negative feelings, uncontrolled blind rage, as a form of retaliation, unpredictable petulance, hostility and self concern. God’s anger is always predictive, always steadfast and always set against sin. God’s nature is uncompromisingly set against sin. He will not tolerate anything harmful to us and sin is harmful. If you read Romans 1:18-25, you will read about God’s wrath again. We either accept or reject God’s love for us. God’s anger is his grief because of what is happening to us because of sin, its not a grudge because of what is happening to him. God cannot treat good and evil alike. He can look over it, look over it to the cross where it is forgiven but he cannot overlook it.

Matthew 5:21-26, here Jesus is teaching about anger. But he’s not just teaching us about controlling our anger but also about our thoughts in our hearts, which only we and God know. He’s also teaching us about avoiding God’s wrath at the end. He’s saying that those who experience the fullness of God’s wrath get precisely what they deserve. Do not drive justice to extremities. God requires righteousness of us. It is utterly useless to think that we can escape the eternal law. Yield yourselves rather than be compelled. For whose hearts are true- judgment is right. Many people think that it may be possible to escape all that is required of us in the world. But there’s no escape. A way to avoid the demands of righteousness apart from the righteousness which God accounts to us at the cross would not be moral.

Luke 16:19-31 Verse 31-  “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead”. Those who die without accepting God’s forgiveness, go to hell. Sounds harsh, but it is the truth. The entire Bible declares it. “He who believes in the son has eternal life; he who doesn’t obey the son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.”-John 3:36. So, God’s wrath is an attribute for which we should thank and praise him. It is closely related to holiness and justice. It means that God intensely hates all sin. It is a virtue to hate sin and evil.

But we as people of faith should not fear God’s wrath- for although “we were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” (Eph 2:3). We now have trusted in Jesus “who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thess 1:10). But of course this doesn’t mean that we take God for granted. This doesn’t mean that we do as we please without thinking about the consequences thinking that we have already been forgiven and that Jesus has saved us. Yes, he has but now that we know what is right and wrong and we still continue to sin consciously we will definitely face God’s wrath unless we repent for we are all sinners. Even Paul says this in his various letters.  We as Christians have found this joy of the truth and salvation, and we should share it whenever possible.

When we think of God’s wrath we are also reminded of his patience. We may think that this is odd because for us humans we lose our temper when our patience is tested. But for God it is also an attribute which goes together with his wrath. Psalm 103 says that-

8“The lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever.”

In fact, the delay of the execution of God’s wrath upon evil is for the purpose of leading people to repentance. (Rom 2:4). Be thankful for God’s patience in waiting to execute his wrath in order that yet more people may be saved.

“The lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:8-9.

This last passage is proof that God’s wrath motivates us to evangelism- so be thankful and praise God.

Medical Camp_One daY!

People are important!
Guys, sorry for the delayed update on it. This was on Feb 8, 2014.
We (KIF) are glad to organize A day’s Medical Camp at Kapan, Kathmandu with free health check up and medicines to the unprivileged adult and children. There were about 40 beneficiaries.

Our doctor (old and first time) friends devoted their whole half day non-stop checking/treating people. I am still overjoyed seeing their dedication towards caring people. Praise God.P1250180 Special thanks to kicc for motivating us and Zagun for opening his home for this cause. Big thanks to our new dr. friends, too! (thanks TseGu for organizing drs and med.)

We will be planing our 2nd medical camp in the 2nd half of the year. You can view the photos on the gallery.

Cheer up and see again.