Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Holidays 2015!


Here's hoping all of you, our friends and supporters, enjoyed a happy holiday season!

We certainly counted our many blessings!
The Lord sustained us through a difficult 2015 and is still sustaining us as always!

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 Thank you dear friends and supporters for your friendship during the past year when we faced so many obstacles.  Knowing we could count on the prayers and support
of all of you made each day easier!

As the whole country continues to face severe difficulties due to the, which is causing the,
we are able to continue helping those with medical needs with the Lord's help,

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and yours!

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Now, sit back and relax with your favorite hot or cold drink,
depending on your climate.
and enjoy this photo post with pictures from Scheer Memorial Hospital's
College of Nursing's Annual Christmas Drama.  They did an excellent job!

The audience:

The sound/music system team:

The Welcome:

Esa Memorial School Grade 3 students start off the program with  a Nepali Christmas song.
Look how intently they are listening to their instructions!  Don't you love it?


Part of the Grade 4 students perform a wonderful Christmas dance!  Delightful!

Is the cast ready for the drama?  Yes!

As you will note, they did such an excellent job!  The Christmas Story came to life for us!

The Story:  (This scripture is from Luke 1, The Living Bible)

26 ... God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin, Mary, engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Congratulations, favored lady! The Lord is with you!”
29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.
30 “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you! 31 Very soon now, you will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and you are to name him ‘Jesus.’ 32 He shall be very great and shall be called the Son of God. And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he shall reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom shall never end!”
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of God shall overshadow you; so the baby born to you will be utterly holy—the Son of God...." 

(This scripture is from Matthew 1, The Living Bible)
18 These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph, her fiancĂ©, being a man of stern principle, decided to break the engagement but to do it quietly, as he didn’t want to publicly disgrace her.
20 As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “don’t hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a Son, and you shall name him Jesus (meaning ‘Savior’), for he will save his people from their sins. 22 This will fulfill God’s message through his prophets—
23 ‘Listen! The virgin shall conceive a child! She shall give birth to a Son, and he shall be called “Emmanuel” (meaning “God is with us”).’” (Isaiah 7:14)
24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife, 25 but she remained a virgin until her Son was born; and Joseph named him “Jesus.”

(The following scriptures are all from Luke 2, The Living Bible)
About this time Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the nation. (This census was taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for this registration.And because Joseph was a member of the royal line, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, King David’s ancient home—journeying there from the Galilean village of Nazareth. He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was obviously pregnant by this time.
And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born; and she gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.

That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared among them, and the landscape shone bright with the glory of the Lord. They were badly frightened,10 but the angel reassured them.
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you the most joyful news ever announced, and it is for everyone! 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem! 12 How will you recognize him? You will find a baby wrapped in a blanket, lying in a manger!”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God:
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,” they sang,[d] “and peace on earth for all those pleasing him.”

15 When this great army of angels had returned again to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 The shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment, 19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.

(The following scriptures are all from Matthew 2, The Living Bible)
Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.
At about that time some astrologers from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in far-off eastern lands and have come to worship him.”
King Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, and all Jerusalem was filled with rumors.

Then Herod sent a private message to the astrologers, asking them to come to see him; at this meeting he found out from them the exact time when they first saw the star. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him too!”
After this interview the astrologers started out again. And look! The star appeared to them again, standing over Bethlehem. 10 Their joy knew no bounds!
11 Entering the house where the baby and Mary, his mother, were, they threw themselves down before him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 But when they returned to their own land, they didn’t go through Jerusalem to report to Herod, for God had warned them in a dream to go home another way.

(The following scriptures are from Luke 2, The Living Bible)
39 When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the Law of God, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee. 40 There the child became a strong, robust lad, and was known for wisdom beyond his years; and God poured out his blessings on him.
52 So Jesus grew both tall and wise, and was loved by God and man.

Pastor Kumar thanked the students for doing such a lovely job with this important message and gave some closing remarks.

(This scripture is from Acts 16, The Living Bible)

30 He brought them out and begged them, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, and your entire household.”

Pastor Puri thanked the Lord for his blessings during 2015 
and what we know will be His continued blessings during 2016 and beyond.
(This scripture is from John 3, The Living Bible)
16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Thank you again for your care, concern, and support!
We wish you a lovely 2016!

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