Andrea and Andrew Young, Nepal
Providing vital pastoral care to United Mission to Nepal (UMN) in Kathmandu, Tansen and Okhaldhunga.
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Working with the United Mission to Nepal, we are pastoral carers for mission staff who come from very different parts of the world. We seek to ensure that their health and spiritual well-being is looked after in order to help them have an effective ministry in Nepal. We are passionate about this task, as many are in stressful and challenging situations within a different culture. We previously lived and worked in Nepal during the 1990s.
Our role includes caring for new staff on arrival in Nepal, visiting the sick, leading courses and times of worship, listening and spiritual direction. We have also discovered that hospitality, availability and confidentiality are essential ingredients in all that we do.
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Andrea and Andrew’s story
Andrea comes from north Manchester and has a professional background in dance and drama teaching. During our previous time in Nepal, she worked with expatriate and Nepali parents and children. With Andrew, she was a hostel parent at Kathmandu International Study Centre, caring for teenagers whose parents were working outside the city. She also supported the Nepali church, developing children’s work and the use of dance and drama in outreach. On our return to the UK she established a community theatre workshop in an area of high deprivation and worked as a psychotherapist in private practice. She also counselled in primary and secondary schools. This has helped her as doors have opened recently to help Nepali counsellors gain skills in working with children and young people.
Andrew comes from Yorkshire and trained as a biomedical scientist, working in the NHS. In Nepal previously he developed medical laboratory services for leprosy treatment at Green Pastures Leprosy Hospitals. In the UK, he ran a youth and community centre for disaffected young people while studying for a masters in theology and training for ordination in the Church of England. He was a team vicar in Manchester Diocese for 14 years and was area dean in the Eccles deanery. Back in Nepal, he works with mission staff in spiritual development, has begun to develop relationships in the Anglican Church in Nepal and mentors mission staff studying for masters degrees.
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