Peter and Jayne Fleming arrived in Nepal in January 2018 and are based in Kathmandu. Peter works with United Mission to Nepal (UMN) as an advisor in integral development and Jayne teaches at Kathmandu International Study Centre.
Peter works with the staff of UMN to emphasise the biblical reasons for engaging in development work in local Nepal communities. He is also involved in pastoral care to cluster leaders and other Nepali staff around the country. Much of this work presents opportunities to influence and encourage the next generation of Christian leadership in Nepal.
Peter comments, “The vision of UMN is ‘Fullness of life for all, in a transformed Nepali society’. This vision is inspired by the words of Jesus who stated that the reason for his coming to earth was to bring life in all its fullness. It is a huge privilege to travel around this country and see people experiencing fullness of life through the work of UMN. The passion that so many Nepali church members have to make a difference in their communities is inspirational, and I am learning so much from being with them.”
Jayne teaches on the Student Support team at Kathmandu International Study Centre (KISC). This school supports many families providing education to children from different nationalities whose parents wish to work, live and serve in Nepal. KISC has over 200 students and the school often needs experienced secondary school teachers to volunteer to teach in the school.
“It is exciting to be involved in the lives of children from such varied backgrounds and cultures,” writes Jayne. “At KISC, we strive to live out our core values of live, grace, community, justice and excellence. Each term we focus on a specific one so that we are conscious of them in our classes, in the playground, as we play sport and as we live in Nepal”.
Since 1986, Peter has worked as a minister with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland serving firstly as assistant minister in First Carrickfergus, then for eight years in St Johnston and Ballylennon congregations, before moving to First Coleraine Presbyterian Church in 1998, where he remained for 19 years. Jayne has worked as a primary school teach in Antrim, Londonderry and Coleraine. Peter and Jayne have three adult daughters.
Peter and Jayne spent most of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland, but continued their much of their work from a distance, despite the large time difference between N Ireland and Nepal. They returned to Nepal in December 2021.
- Pray for Peter as he interacts with UMN staff and many other leaders.
- Pray for Jayne as she teaches and pray too for the school, for the need for teachers and for the necessary money to allow phase 2 of the campus development to begin.
- Pray for Peter and Jayne as they demonstrate God’s love and grace amongst friends and colleagues at work in Nepal.
- Pray for daily health, safely and strength.
- Pray too for their family who are living in different places.
Peter and Jayne have recorded two film clips (a short 3 minute clip and longer 10 minute clip) which can be downloaded and used in church services, prayer meetings or events to raise awareness and prayer for what God is doing across the world, as we seek to go deep and wide in global mission involvement.
(For previous Digital Dispatches video clips click here)
We arrived home to Coleraine on 24 September and the last few weeks have been focused on readjustment. Our minds are still in two places as there is so much going on in Nepal just now and of course we remain in close contact with many friends. It has been a blessing to have visited quite a number of congregations to speak about what we have been doing. It has helped us reflect on and process our experiences and the changes.
As the end of the first term at KISC drew to a close Primary and lower Secondary were practising hard at the musical, ‘Danny and the Shacks,’ telling the story of the book of Daniel. Jayne was aware that she would miss seeing the performances as we left Nepal on the day of the opening show. It was a month full of mixed emotions as she was leaving a school, staff and children she had loved working with. There were very special times with friends over meals, coffee and prayer times. It was difficult to say goodbye but she is very thankful for the amazing experience of working at KISC and making so many friends from around the world. KISC and Nepal will always have a special place in her heart.
KISC is a place that is constantly evolving and it has been wonderful to hear that a new director of Equip, a new head of Secondary and more recently a new head of Primary have all been appointed. Please pray that these people will settle into their new roles and be an encouragement to the staff they lead.
Peter is keeping up to date with much of what is continuing in UMN. In mid-October all UMN staff from around the country came together for the learning review. Due to the pandemic it has been three years since this happened. It is a wonderful time of reflection and meeting together. At the end of October the UMN Board meet and here important decisions are taken for the future. There are countless challenges ahead not least the ongoing legal action seeking to push UMN out of the offices they have used for many decades. Peter continues to keep in contact with the small team he was part of and also the many friends made through his Integral Mission work. He is praying that it will be possible for a new expat advisor to join UMN and also a further Nepali team member to share the burden of so much travelling around the country.
It is wonderful to be at home and with family. We are thankful and know this is a great blessing. However, we also miss so much about Nepal. The final days of October are the festival of Tihar when Nepali homes are brightly decorated with lights and families come together in celebration. Our prayer is that the light of the world will shine through the lives of Christians so that all may find fullness of life.
For wonderful friends and faithful servants in UMN, KISC and far beyond.
For the ongoing work of UMN and KISC and God's help in every challenge.
That we will be guided in the right path in the days ahead.
To download a printable PDF of this bulletin or for a previous bulletin visit the Mission Reports listing at the top or the Global Mission monthly bulletin archive.