The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Feasting on faith

Despite sinking stilts, love lifts these Nepalese Christians

It's not an easy trip to the dilapidated house in Hong Kong where immigrants from Nepal worship. But it is easy to find the joy there.

We walked down Tao Fang Shan (mountain of the heavenly wind) and rode the train to Yuen Long, New Territories in Hong Kong. There we caught a bus to the center of town and then boarded a smaller bus. Winding through huge stacks of shipping containers, we turned onto a narrow dirt road that runs across a low swampy area, eventually coming to the house.

Resting on crooked, sinking stilts, the house was built from scraps of metal and moldy lumber.

We passed through the house to get to the sanctuary. Standing beside a pool of polluted water at the sanctuary entrance, wide-eyed children bowed with their palms placed together in a traditional Nepalese greeting.

It's here — in a sanctuary made of scrap lumber, corrugated metal, plywood and mailing tape — that Sonam Kabo, a Nepalese, counseled and worshiped with these new Christians until he and his wife, Rita, returned to Nepal this summer.

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