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Prayers Keeps Us Moving Forward

By Les and Debbie Dornon*

Living in Nepal means that prayer is a bit like breathing. Without the connection to God throughout the day, life can overwhelm us. Prayer is the way we get started each day—and we strive to end with thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness. We have seen many instances where prayer alone has made a difference—prayers for rain in a dry season followed by an unlikely storm to fill the hospital water tanks…prayers for a patient with no money and a difficult medical condition who was able to leave here healed and without a crippling debt…prayers for Les when he had a brain bleed and had to be helicoptered to the capital city for treatment and found himself to be the only conscious patient in the ICU overnight….the list could go on. We depend on prayers for our lives here, for our work, for the witness of the hospital and the church, and for our family living far from us. Knowing there are those who pray for us consistently keeps us moving forward in the difficult times. Prayers help us continue to say with assurance, Our God is faithful and good.

Les Debbie Nov 2016 PS.jpg                             Debbie and Les Dornon in Nepal PHOTO: DR. HANS MARTIN DICK

Father God, we pray for Nepal. We pray for your church in Nepal, which was founded upon the prayers of many believers in India and other countries before Nepal was opened to the western world.

We pray for this church which has grown from nothing into a church with several million followers. Let your church be a light for all of Nepal, proclaiming your love and faithfulness. We pray for the leaders to be guided by your Spirit and to preach and teach your truth.

We pray for the government of Nepal. We pray for honest men and women to be elected to office—and that they would place the good of the country over the hopes of gaining more for themselves. We pray for the culture of bribery and corruption to come to an end.

nepal-2016-jeffrey-30106.jpgTerraces on steep hillsides in Pida, a village in Nepal's Dhading District. PHOTO: PAUL JEFFREY

We pray for United Mission Hospital in Tansen, Nepal. We pray for the physical needs—water, electricity, gas, medicines, and equipment. We pray for staff who are committed to caring for the hundreds of thousands of people who come through the hospital doors. We pray for the social services department as they seek to help the poorest of the poor. We pray for the patients to leave the hospital not only physically healed, but also more alive spiritually.

Give everyone working in Tansen the grace to continue to serve always remembering the sign that proclaims, “We serve, Jesus heals.”


*Dr. Lester Dornon (Missionary Support Code: 10919Z) and Deborah Dornon (Missionary Support Code: 10920Z) serve as missionaries in Nepal. Debbie, from Ohio, is the coordinator of expatriate services at the Tansen Hospital and Dr. Les Dornon, born in Japan to missionary parents, is a senior physician at Tansen Hospital. They have three adult children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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