Peter and Valerie Lockwood, along with their three children, returned to work in Nepal in 2012 and are based in Kathmandu, the capital city.
Nepal is a country which they both have previous experience of, with Peter working for United Mission to Nepal from 1988 to 1989 as a civil engineer and, from 1996 to 2000, as a health, safety and environment manager at a hydropower project. Valerie taught at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC) from 1998 to 2000.
Peter has been invited by United Mission to Nepal (UMN) to take up the post of Programme Advisor. UMN as an organisation aims to serve the people of Nepal, in the name and spirit of Jesus Christ. Its vision is for all to enjoy fullness of life and it seeks to tackle the root causes of poverty through its work in the four areas of health, education, sustainable livelihoods and peace-building.
Valerie has started a part-time post teaching English and Business Studies in the secondary level at KISC.
Find out more by following their blog posts.
One of the exciting and encouraging aspects of working with United Mission to Nepal (UMN) is meeting with some of our ‘legacy’ partners. During January, Bishnu Sapkota (UMN’s finance team leader) and I travelled to Pyuthan district and had an encouraging meeting with the steering committee and members of Jhimruk Integrated Development Centre.
In the 1990s UMN, through its engineering companies, built and developed the Jhimruk Hydropower project and alongside this construction work a community development programme commenced. Bishnu and I were meeting to resolve several issues involving assets and bank accounts, but also to discuss their ongoing work even though UMN no longer support them financially.
They continue to develop drinking water and irrigation schemes, but have expanded into improvements in local based agriculture and even started some health projects. It also afforded us the opportunity to look around Jhimruk dam site and powerhouse; it was heartening and reassuring that even after 23 years of operation, the hydropower plant was still in good running order.
In UMN, one issue is currently dominating staff thinking and discussion: the organisational change to match Nepal’s transition to a new form and style of federal government. UMN’s leadership team continue to meet, discuss and develop the strategy and transition plans. This is a testing and worrisome time for all staff members as they are concerned over what effect the reorganisation will have on their current roles and in some case over job security. Over the coming months, some critical decisions must be made regarding proposed working areas (called gaun and nagar palika) and staff structure and organisation.
- Give thanks for the ongoing work of UMN’s legacy partners.
- Pray for the development of UMN’s new strategic plan as it dovetails with Nepal’s new federal government.
- Pray generally for Nepal as it transitions to the new government structure.
- Pray for Peter as he travels with a group from Tearfund exploring the use of micro and pico hydro power in rural Dhading (6 – 10 February).
General Prayer Points
- The Lockwood family, as they continue to adjust and settle into a very different culture in Nepal.
- God to continue to lead them into the areas of service that He wants them to be involved in.
- Good friendships to be made with work colleagues and Nepali friends.
- A faithful, effective witness.
- Every member of the family to grow and develop in their own faith.
- Safety in all travel and good health for all the family.
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