Towards the end of November 2019, the INF New Zealand Director (Sean) along with a TSCF (Tertiary Student Christian Fellowship) student leader, took a team of four university students to Nepal for two weeks. The focus of this trip was to get a better understanding of life, culture and faith in Nepal as well as spending time with university students in Nepal and visiting the projects of INF and other connected organisations.
The team spent a week in Kathmandu visiting various cultural, religious and tourist sites to get an idea about life and culture. They also had some training sessions about Nepali life and other faiths. They spent time interacting with Nepali students and getting to understand their world and Christian experience. The second week was spent in Pokhara where the team visited INF projects and visited a village project and a local church. They also spent time with INF personnel and visited Green Pastures hospital, farm and the Pokhara Study Centre
This was the first time that INF New Zealand have partnered with TSCF in running a short-term team to Nepal. It was a very worthwhile time and there was a lot for the students to take in, think through and be challenged about. This trip was also a recognition that for many young people today, to gain an understanding and heart for serving people overseas means that they need to physically create a context and a connection to people and places.