Asmi - story about forgivenessIn one small Czech Republic village a youth group is attentive to the needs of Nepalese children, endeavouring to bring joy and hope to children who may suffer from hard work, starvation and illness.

A girl from the church, Natalia, served for one year in the beautiful Himalayan country. While in Nepal, Natalia contributed to the establishment of a children's library in a mountain village. One of her dreams was to illustrate a storybook for children.

“When we realised the great need for Christian children's books in the Nepalese language, we decided to pursue and implement the dream," she explains.

 When she returned to the Czech Republic, her stories inspired others to get involved. Her dream soon became a joint project between her youth group and the OM Czech team, called Children's Storybook for Nepal.

The youth group is involved in writing the stories and making illustrations. The stories are set in Nepalese surroundings, ending with Bible verses. One principle in the book is forgiveness. In the story about a little girl, Ashmi, and a boy who would often hurt her, Ashmi makes a decision to put her life at risk to rescue him from a stormy river.

"Our goal is that the stories and illustrations will help children in Nepal discover biblical values and principles,” say the young Czech enthusiasts. “The aim is to produce a book in both Nepalese and English, helping children develop emotionally, enlarge vocabulary, extend their knowledge and mainly bring the good news of the Gospel.”

Natalia’s dream of illustrating a Nepali children’s book is slowly becoming reality, with the help of OM and her youth group. The original mission to a faraway country influenced people in the Czech Republic, who would probably have known very little about Nepal and its children, and in turn led to creative support that they hope will change lives.

Please pray for the finalising of the book and for the remaining funds. Fund raising for printing is still an issue. Right now 76 per cent of the funds are currently available. The plan is to print and distribute the book in Nepal. Pray too, that the seeds sown will grow into a tree and bear good fruit, for children as well as adults.