Joe Gass and his seventeen year old son Caleb, the Charlotte, North Carolina based owner of Heritage Printing & Graphics, recently had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Nepal as part of a church missions trip. He, alongside an international travel team, had envisioned a journey full of adventure and boy did they get one. On the day of his arrival, an enormous earthquake shook the country and began a journey into uncharted territory. “Nothing I witnessed about this country and its people was typical or ordinary. God was on move in powerful ways throughout each of the fifteen days we were there,” states Joe.
Joe and his son traveled with Joe’s long-time mentor and friend, Dr. Fletcher Tink, from April 25th to May 11th throughout the beautiful country of Nepal that is host to the tallest mountain peaks in the world including Mt. Everest. They visited and taught in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini during this fifteen day journey.
Dr. Tink has led many overseas expeditions and was in Nepal to hold a variety of seminars about the theology of work with college age students in that country. Within a day of Dr. Tink’s arrival, a large earthquake shook the region, killing thousands and leaving millions without power, shelter or basic necessities.
Joe Gass and several of the others team members were enroute, and briefly delayed to begin this trip. When the group finally assembled, they were witnesses to God moving in powerful ways, thru their lives, to help these resilient Nepali people in their time of need. As you read this fascinating set of memoirs by Dr. Tink, you will experience firsthand the many opportunities God placed before them to build relationship and share hope and encouragement to those they met along the way. During that incredible two week period, they had assisted many families and interacted with over 150 university students during the multi-day seminars. As one team member put it, “This experience was one of the highlights of my life.”
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Those who traveled to Nepal with Joe Gass and Fletcher Tink found the experience to be unforgettable. Heritage Printing & Graphics is proud to be editing and publishing this groundbreaking work. For those who wonder what life is like when devastation strikes, Dr. Tink candidly walks the reader through the daily trials of living abroad. From humorous moments of trying to order food at a restaurant to the terrifying aftershocks, these memoirs capture the daily blessings and pitfalls of overseas travel. Says one team member, “Looking back, it was easy to see God’s hand in the timing. I will never forget the response of love and concern from all parts of the world to the tragedy in Nepal, and even more impressive was the response on the part of the Nepali people themselves.”
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Appealing Nepal: When Your World is Falling Apart by Fletcher Tink is a day-by-day account of one group’s journey in Nepal during the devastating earthquake will soon be in print.