Covid-19 Update 30 – Coping with Setbacks

 ‘…what, then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us. Who can be against us?’ Romans 8:31

This week we are delighted that our partner, Amos Lhomi, has written our blog. Along with wife Doma, Amos is the houseparent at Dolpa Hope Home in Kathmandu. A home for 12 children and young people, many of whom are orphans or from single parent families from the Dolpa region. Rope has been partnering with Amos and Doma for over 15 years. Amos and Doma are pictured here with our CEO, Andy Jong.

‘Lockdown came to Nepal in the blink of an eye. Everything was shut and no one was seen on the road. Even though the number of known Covid-19 cases is less in Nepal than in other countries, the risk is very high. Everything happened so suddenly. Watching the news at home I heard about landlords evicting tenants from their homes as they feared they would get the virus from them.

I saw fear of death in people’s faces and this thought came to my mind: All over the world people are facing this pandemic situation and some people are feeling hopeless, experiencing mental trauma and afraid of death, even though people know that death is a fact of life and people die of different circumstances. But still why are people so afraid of death? Particularly in the face of this pandemic.

Of course, people worry about their family and losing all that they cherish and there is a feeling of hopelessness. We believe that there are two kinds of death. Physical death and spiritual death. We believe that when someone is spiritually alive it is because they have put their trust in God, that if God is for us, who can be against us? Even in the face of physical death God is with us and for us, and we can be at peace. One of our children, Anita (name changed), came to us because she had lost her father and was herself often ill and her mother who lived in a remote village in the high Himalayas couldn’t care for the needs of the large family. She was a very vulnerable girl and we spent a lot of time giving her much love and care and she became very precious to us.

She continued to suffer with health issues and one night we thought we would lose her as she had to have an emergency hospitalisation due to a heart problem. We were very anxious and prayed for her to come through and rejoiced greatly that her life was saved. She is now a teenager, who even though she struggles in her studies because she has missed so many classes, is very mature and strong in faith. Just as Anita is part of our community, those who follow Jesus are part of one family. By belonging to this community, it helps us cope with sorrow and difficulties. Jesus never failed us, his grace and mercy was always with us.

If we hope in the Lord Romans 12:12 says ‘we will rejoice and be patient in tribulation’. Roman 5:5 ‘hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy spirit who was given to us.’  1 Corinthians 2:9 says ‘No eye has not seen, nor ear heard nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. So, let us put our faith in the Lord as nothing and nobody can go against us.’

So through all setbacks we are to be strong with the Lord and continually follow Him.

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