Nepal mission trip brings joy for local couple

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

July 10, 2014

Wycliffe Bible Translator missionaries Chris and Kendal Privette recently returned from Nepal and reported the great joy found in worshiping with Christian brothers and sisters and fellowship with new friends.

After spending time in Nepal, the Privettes and a group of college students took a 10-hour bus ride and a six-hour long hike to get to a small village named Origami (not it’s real name for security reasons) and was welcomed with a special hospitality, said International Trips Coordinator Chris Privette.

From North Wilkesboro, Chris Privette said he has been been with Wycliffe Bible Translators four years, with the goal to get the Bible translated into all the languages of the world.

He said there are about 6,900 languages or so in the world and about 1,800 languages where there is still no scripture translated.

“We have people all around the world looking to alleviate that issue,” said Privette.

College students interested in languages and mission work are part of the journeys and missions. Through them, Privette said they may see “if the Lord might point to them what they might do in mission work.”

Wife Kendal is a school teacher in Wilkes, who teaches eighth-grade social studies. It was her first trip.

She said, “What really stands out to me was worshiping with Christians in a different place in the world. It is just a real highlight to worship with people. She said most of people were Buddhists and were extremely nice to them.”

Chris said there is a lot of religious tolerance in Nepal.

Missionaries who work in Kathmandu guided them to their destination. They had done preliminary work to find scripture needs of the language group.

“I find that not many people are familiar with the work of Wycliffe, over 100 million people do not have the Scripture in their first language,” he said. Those languages are called heart languages.

The Privettes followed their heart and with the help of others found out the needs and met them the best they could.

Chris said, “I was struck on this trip by not only the lack of what they have, but what they do have… their contentment with what they don’t have.”

There was no electricity, running toilets or water; but incredible hospitality of villagers everywhere.

The Privettes ate lots of potatoes, bread and drank tea. Even the poorest family is kind enough to serve food and drink, they said.

They said they enjoyed sitting on the floor in open kitchens and communicating with simple and hospitable people.

Chris called it “an honor and a privilege.”

Chris is available to come to churches in the area to speak about the work of Wycliffe and the need of Bible translation. People may contact him at chris_privette@wycliffe.org.

More information and some statistics about Bible translation may be found at https://www.wycliffe.org/about/why.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.