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Alan and Megan Barker

Alan and Megan Barker

Who: Alan and Megan Barker

Where: Nepal

How long: Since 2000

Principal ministries: Development and Health


Alan and Megan Barker joined BMS in 2000. Their initial overseas placement was with United Mission to Nepal (2000-2004) in Kathmandu where Alan worked in management and Megan as an occupational therapist. After a period of leave of absence, they returned to Nepal in 2007 to work with International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Surkhet. Alan worked in management and donor relations, training local staff as he did so. Megan developed rehabilitation services, expanding the work beyond leprosy to include other disabilities working alongside and training Nepalese therapists.

Alan and Megan have had an extended time in the UK awaiting visas, but are planning to return overseas in the future. In the meantime, they are working to support a number of BMS initiatives from the UK.

Alan and Megan have three children who were in Nepal with them initially but are now adults and have settled back in the UK.

 

 

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Posted: 19/07/2017 - 05:23

Yes, Nepal does have serious issues with floods and landslides at the moment, but I am thinking of a different kind of flooding. It is a term used in psychiatry – well, it used to be. It’s a technique to help people get over phobias. So, for example, if you are afraid of spiders you might be given photos first of one and then a few and then lots. Then maybe video clips and so on until you can tolerate maybe a spider in a jar in the same room. And so the process continues until the fear goes away. I’m not sure how effective it ever was really though I am glad I don’t have a fear of spiders that had to be dealt with in such a way! However, it seems God is using a...

Posted: 07/07/2017 - 11:06

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Posted: 14/06/2017 - 08:54

It’s coming up to a year since we were last in Nepal, and that was only a quick visit to move our things from Surkhet to Pokhara in preparation for our return. That return has been a long time coming and here we are now, in Kathmandu and moving on to Pokhara soon.

Here’s some observations from Kathmandu:

The Good:

Electricity – since we left over a year ago, a new boss in the nationalised electric company has shaken up the supply. For years, people had got used to regular daily power cuts of 12 hours or more. Nowadays in Kathmandu there is a fairly constant supply of power, 24/7...

Posted: 14/06/2017 - 06:20

It’s coming up to a year since we were last in Nepal, and that was only a quick visit to move our things from Surkhet to Pokhara in preparation for our return. That return has been a long time coming and here we are now, in Kathmandu and moving on to Pokhara soon.

Here’s some observations from Kathmandu:

The Good:

Electricity - since we left over a year ago, a new boss in the nationalised electric company has shaken up the supply. For years, people had got used to regular daily power cuts of 12 hours or more. Nowadays in Kathmandu there is a fairly constant supply of power, 24/7. No extra...

Posted: 06/09/2015 - 15:48

A few months ago as we passed through Kathmandu to go to the UK we visited a church there that we enjoy going to. It is known particularly for its ministry to people with disabilities.

The time came for the chorus singing and we did not have a book with us. The lady in front of me took out her chorus book, found the page for me and handed me the book. She also took the book from me as each of the choruses were announced and quietly gave it to me at the right page.

Nice gesture you might say. Welcoming and friendly. What was so touching is that this lady has no fingers; that is her whole hand on the photo. Knowing what we know we could see immediately that she has had...

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19th July 2017
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14th June 2017
New Blog entry "And…we’re back!" added
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14th June 2017
New Blog entry "And...we're back!" added
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13th June 2017
New Letter "June 2017" added
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8th December 2016
New Letter "December 2016" added
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3rd November 2016
New Letter "October 2016" added
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19th May 2016
New News Article "My Father’s House – thank you!" added
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15th April 2016
New Letter "April 2016" added
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14th January 2016
New News Article "Nepal: the fuel crisis continues" added
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