In a secluded area of Nepal, outside of the Kathmandu valley and past a winding road that snakes into the mountains, lies the village of Tipling . This remote community is where the Jesuits of Nepal established their first mission outside of Kathmandu. The winding road that leads to Tipling is relatively new, built by the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute after the 2015 earthquake as a way to get much-needed supplies to the mountain people, and underscores how isolated Tipling has been: not only from the world, but from the rest of Nepal. Fr. General recently visited the area to see the good works of the Jesuits of Nebal and we able to capture a glimpse of ministry in the mission: a story by Fr. Samuel Simmick and a video interview with Fr. Michael Parent.
Samuel Simmick, SJ
“When the twin earthquake shook Nepal, I was in the thick of them both. On 25 April 2015, when the quake hit it was just before 12 noon and I was having a hot cup of tea in a place called Tarkerabari. I was with a few faithful from the Tipling Mission, where I was working at that time. And when, on 12 May, the second quake hit I was in Tipling in the center of relief and rehabilitation work, making our plans for future course of action.
After the first devastating quake, of 7.8 magnitude, It took me almost two weeks to reach the Mission because the roads and the treks we used had been destroyed in landslides. We could only either reach the mission by helicopter or risk our life walking through the falling stones. I took the first option and arranged a helicopter with the relief materials and reached the village mission. The state of the village was devastating; our rented house had collapsed. Fr. Norbert D’Souza, my companion at the mission, was living in a tattered tent and giving spiritual, psychological and physical support to the affected villagers.