It happens every two years, and lasts for two days. It draws people from about 15 different countries, as well as Nepali church leaders and other special guests. It’s challenging, thought-provoking, encouraging, stimulating and even inspirational.

UMN’s 2013 General Assembly, held on 28-29 May, was all of that, and more. The Big Tent in the UMN compound housed a gathering of over 150 people on Wednesday, spilling out into the garden in the afternoon. Participating in an NFE class, washing your hands with a lo-tech “tippy tap”, going fishing or chatting with people with disabilities – a range of activities gave participants the opportunity to get a taste of UMN’s community and hospitals work.

On Thursday, General Assembly delegates worked hard to provide preliminary input into UMN’s next five-year strategic plan (2015-2020) – until an unseasonal pre-monsoonal deluge resulted in threatening bulges in the tent, and waterfalls down some folks’ backs. Undaunted, we repaired upstairs, returning to the slightly sodden tent for a closing praise and worship time.

Next General Assembly – May 2015!

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