No ordinary view
Holding on in the Himalayas
NO ORDINARY VIEW
By Naomi Reed
Authentic Media. 184 pages. £8.99
ISBN 978 1 860 248 436
Another missionary story. There are so many of them and that is marvelous, as all of them are snapshots of God at work in the world.
I have loved reading about Naomi and her husband and boys and their three years in Nepal. Yes, three years only and it was thoroughgoing missionary work. Marvellous.
Naomi and Darren had spent some years service in Nepal, with International Nepal Fellowship, and wanted to come back to help set up a course to teach physiotherapy. There was no course in Nepal at all and no physiotherapy.
They came back, with their three boys and the story of their life in Nepal is here told. So very well, enthralling. Naomi and her family lived quite an integrated life, she and her husband could speak the language. They shopped where the locals shopped and spoke with them, mixed their lives with them and worshipped with them. Reading the book made me think I was there.
Naomi speaks about God teaching her and the family, how he shows them his nearness and care for them, what he is like, what his Word teaches. Naomi's quite intimate fellowship with the different people she befriends and in their local fellowship is wonderful.
In joy and in danger there is a great and wonderful holding on to God's hand. It seems, before we know where we are, that their service has come to an end and, sadly, so has the book. Humble service and a good job well done.