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Elderly Home Visit

We visited an elderly home on Sunday, 13th July 2014 located in Thankot, a place that is on the outskirts of the kathmandu city. The elderly home- Jyoti Ashram is privately owned and is being managed by the Lions club of Kathmandu. It was a home to four elderly women who were being taken care by a caretaker.

We were seven us with two lovely kids so we hired a taxi from kathmandu to get to the location. Despite the major traffic and the off roads, we managed to get to the home on time. We had no prior agenda on what we were going to do or say. We bought a few groceries and fruits for the ‘Amas’ before heading uphill to the elderly home. The roads were bad so we were really lucky to have a sunny day without any rain that day. When we reached the home, we were greeted by the amas who were all sitting in what looked like a lobby. We handed the groceries and fruits to the caretaker. The home was very clean and well maintained, the view was lovely with fresh air, the location was perfect. The kitchen was located in the terrace, it was kept clean with very little utensils and groceries. There was also a tv room. We had a round of introduction and then began our interaction with the amas. We did have some difficulty in terms of language as most the of the amas were more comfortable in conversing in newari. We were really glad that we had two newars in our team 🙂 and the driver (who also happened to be a believer) although from a different ethnic background could converse in basic newari so it was just great! We spent sometime interacting, giving them foot massages, praying and singing for them, it was a wonderful experience to see the smiles on the amas.

It was amazing to know that one of the amas living there was a christian, she was suffering from a form of paralysis on one side of her arm and legs, so we had the opportunity to pray for her as a team. What was even more amazing was that the other amas were also open to us praying for them. We could see the need for rescue in their lives, they were all suffering from one sickness or the other so the need for care and love was really felt in the elderly home. After spending a few hours with them, it was time to head back so we bid our farewells. After we got back to the city, the team had a brief review meeting where each shared what they observed and how or what we could do in the future.

What we realised is that the elderly home that we visited did not really require financial or material support but what was needed was some company for the ladies. Now one may question, that there are so many elderly homes located in the city that are in need of real financial and material help why not help them? What we have realised from this trip is that, the elderly homes in the city may have frequent visitors and supporters because of the easy access of roads and transportation but this elderly home located in thankot was in the outskirts of the city where the roads were not very good either. So we are not sure if the elderly living there even have visitors on a regular basis.  One concern that arose was also the transportation for the elderly incase of emergencies because of where the home is located, although the place was perfect quiet with much greenery, it would have been good to have vehicles around for emergency cases. Some of our observations and how we could help in the future are as follows:

  • There is a need for a care taker for hygiene: we ourselves can go sometimes to give them oil massage or foot massages etc.
  • need for other sources of entertainment for the elderly
  • we can read books/stories to them (in nepali or newari)
  • prepare food for them and spend time with them
  • do some activities that would help them to interact with each other
  • gardening
  • health camp
  • provide them with socks, mosquito nets, scarfs, soap, water jars

Our next plan is to pay a visit to the Pashupati Bridashram and see what we could help in/with. It truly was a blessed day, if you have any ideas or experiences of how you have been involved in helping/volunteering for an elderly home or even if you are interested to help us in one of the above activities, we would love to hear from you 🙂  shoot us an email or leave a comment below. 

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Ridiculous Faith

Elisha’s story begins in as God tells Elijah to anoint Elisha as the prophet to replace him. In this passage we read that Elijah finds plowing in a field with a pair of oxen and immediately throws his mantle on Elisha as an invitation to follow him. Elisha immediately obeys and burns his plow and cooks the oxen and gives it to his friends to eat. Elisha exhibited ridiculous commitment to Elijah. He wasted no time in obeying. He din’t go away to take time to think about it. He dint write out a list of pros and cons. He dint play it safe. He immediately said yes to God’s calling through Elijah.

Elisha’s ridiculous commitment shows that the cost of following God is great, but the cost of not following Him is even faithgreater. Furthermore, Elisha’s commitment was complete. He burned his plows, slaughtered his oxen, and left his family’s inheritance behind. Elisha shows us that to step toward your destiny, yo have to step away from your security.
Is your commitment to God immediate and complete like Elisha’s? What security might you need to walk away from in order to walk toward your destiny?