hello nepal

Friday, April 5

well, we are here. 

and truly, I could not be happier. 
You know when God has given you a dream, 
and then you're in it,
you want to keep pinching yourself to make sure it's even real. 
In my case I pinch Kevin, and we smile and shake our heads and whisper praise to the one who orchestrated all of this. 

and i've loved every second of it. 
It's probably one of the dirtiest and dustiest and crowded places i've ever lived,
{like no joke I think I already have the black lung}
but honestly, I love it. 
I can't quite put my finger on it, except to say that when Abba calls you, it just feels right. 
heavenly blood pumping through your veins that energizes and refreshes and slowly churns what your heart already knows...."i was made for this". 

we were made for this. 
and GO
with such abandon that nothing holds us back. 

that's what it means to be ALIVE. 

I don't know if i'll be any good at what i'm supposed to do,
but I know God will be,
so i'm holding on to that truth. 
like really, holding on. 

this place is so different,
sooooo different. 
but i'm thinking that maybe in a place of change, Abba will make me different too. 
cause I desperately want this time and this place to transform me. 
because my heart needs some cleaning, just like this city! 

I met the girls in the home,
and my heart melted. 
like butter. 
I wanted to grab tight and never ever let go. 
Man, my heart may have just poured out of my chest. 

you guys, they are precious. 
precious image bearers of the king. 
i'm tearing up just thinking about the sweetness they exude. 
I cannot wait to spend more time with them. 

I wanted to thank all of you readers for the emails and comments you have left me. Seriously, when I landed in Nepal and opened my email, SOOO many of you poured love out on to me. And I cried, because to know I have that much prayer overwhelms me in the most beautiful way possible. 

so thank you. 

here are a few pictures around our home. i'm excited to post more when I can get out to explore! 

love Katie 


  1. I was just thinking about you yesterday and wondering how you're doing! What a blessing to open blogger and read this :) I'm so excited for you & what y'all are doing! You will be used by God in a mighty and beautiful way and I can't wait to see it unfold :) you're a blessing pretty girl! Do you plan on posting regularly? Praying for you! Beautiful pictures by the way :)

  2. oh my goodness such beauty in the ashes. I am covering you in prayer. I am just so excited to read more and more about your journey there, and the way God is using each of you while you are there. THANK you for sharing Katie!

  3. Katie! So glad you and the hubby made it safe and that you are all ready for God's work. Praying for you both! And I can't wait to hear more about this journey!

  4. God is going to do BIG things through yall there. I am so glad you are there and happy! Praying for you girl <3

  5. Katie, you are just so precious! So happy you made it out there safe. I look forward to hearing about your new journey. I love how you said I don't know if I will be any good but God will be. That is so true!

    BTW I recieved the t-shirts and wearing one today! LOVE THEM!!!!

    Nicole Renee

  6. Praise that y'all have gotten their safely and are starting to settle in!
    God is doing a mighty work through y'all...and it is so encouraging. What a great challenge for all of us to live our lives daily in reckless abandon to chase after what God has created for us to do. <3
    Can't wait to read more.

  7. i've been waiting for the first nepal blog. :) ahhh love it.

  8. Yay!! You made it! These pictures are incredible.... cannot wait for more. Praying for you guys :)

  9. I'm new to your blog, but I have to say that your faith is utterly inspiring, and I can't wait to further delve into your blog! It may sound creepy, but your faith is catching, and beautiful and - like I said - inspiring. I look forward to reading about your wonderful service and adventures! :)

  10. what a darling little girl. i'm sure it's so different there, but that's the beauty of it :) God works in all places! i teared up when i read that you teared up haha how silly! oh, this journey is just beginning :) can't wait to see how God continues to use you and transform both you and the community you are in.

    grace & love,

  11. Wow, what an awesome journey you're on! Can't wait to hear more about the work God has you doing. :)

  12. Oh sweet Katie! These pictures and your post just give me SO much joy! Im so thankful that you're where God has called you and it feels right! I cannot wait to see/read more and more and more!!!!

  13. I praise God for you and Kevin. Hallelujah! His love pours down strong and overflows onto the very ground you walk, hemming you in before and behind in HIS holiness.
    Bless his name, Bless your hearts, and Bless the places you will enter in proclaiming and claiming victory...love you sister.

  14. Welcome "home" Katie! This post made my heart so happy just knowing you two are where you are called to be. You are amazing and I loved getting a glimpse at your new love. Can't wait to see/hear more!

  15. oh my goodness... the love in your heart is so precious! and that little girl... be still my heart :) so happy you are on this adventure. i cant wait to read more about what Gods doing!!

  16. Katie, love that you are where God has called you to be! Thank you for being such an incredible inspiration to all of us. Praying for you!

  17. So wonderful!!! I'm so blessed to witness what God has done and will continue to do with yours and Kevin's lives! Love, love, love that you guys are willing to answer His call on your lives! I love you and I can't wait to hear/see more!!! xoxo

  18. I was just thinking about you, Katie! I'm so excited to read that you made it safely and you're getting started doing the work God brought you there to do! You're in my prayers. :-)

  19. Yay! So excited for you! I know exactly what you mean when you talk about being right where God wants you.
    Many blessings on you and Kevin :)

  20. I missed older posts on your travels to Nepal, i'll have to catch up :) BUT, I had to recommend a restaurant if your in the tourist center of Thamel- It's called OR2K. THE BEST FOOD EVER, if you like Israeli food, that is. And, it is all safe to eat. When I was in Nepal, we must have eaten there at least 20 times and never got sick. Also, the falafel wrap stand just under the restaurant is just as amazing.

    Love love love Nepal. One of my favorite places I have ever visited, even with all the crazy crowds, trash and assault on each and every one of my senses.

  21. Absolutely amazing, Katie! God is good!

  22. my beautiful friend, I am SOOO excited for you!!!!!!! Cannot wait to hear all the things He does in and around you!!! Love you!!

  23. That little girl looks like she could be your daughter :) Gee you two inspire me. So much. When you get to heaven I am quite sure Jesus might run to both of you and hug you...
    Love, Ana

  24. Oh I am so happy to read this. God will shine through you both.
    I am praying for you.
    Lots of hugs.

  25. It's so cool to get to see these snapshots! Thanks for sharing Katie! =D Looking forward to hearing about all the work and fun you have while there. Will continue to pray for the two of you, and for those whom you shine Christ's light and love into their lives that it may take deep root in their hearts.

  26. so amazing. cannot wait to read/see more about this incredible journey you're on.

  27. so, so excited for you katie! you are such an inspiration in following the Lord's voice. only great things for His glory can come of it. can't wait to read everything God will do with you all. Much, much blessings!!!

  28. LOVE this, beautiful!! I am so, so happy for you and Kevin. Praise God. Your post is so inspiring, and I'm so glad you're there safe and sound. LOVE YOU! Wish we could visit you asap too! ;)

  29. Glad to hear you made it safe Katie-looks like a beautiful place, barbed wire and cinder blocks definitely have their own sense of beauty don't they? :) Enjoy every minute! Love you and praying for you both.

  30. i am happy to hear you two have made it there safely. cannot wait to hear more about your experiences and your life there.

  31. That feeling you talk about--of loving a place the minute you arrive--and knowing, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it's where you're supposed to be. I remember that feeling--someday I hope to have it again!

  32. I just came across your blog because I was looking for a quote by Corrie Ten Boom about God's love and you just happened to have a lovely image for it (I pinned it). Anyway, I started poking around your blog and I'm so glad that I did. I grew up on the mission field and am currently a young married adult living in the States. I never planned to live here after college, but it just has worked out this way. My husband and I live in Memphis where there is so much brokenness and need and yet... there is a part of me that longs to return overseas somewhere where the need is even more desperate than it is here. Your blog has pulled on my heart strings. I love how you are following God's call. What a blessing you are!


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