Bucky & Carole Sydnor
Bucky and Carole
serve in Nepal
with the Nepal Baptist Church Council. Bucky works as the international
relations coordinator for Human Development and Community Service (HDCS), a
non-governmental Christian organization committed to holistic mission in Nepal,
and focuses on the great need for social ministries such as health, education,
and community development. Carole also works with HDCS, helping to coordinate
language and orientation of the international staff who come to work with HDCS.
Bucky and Carole relate informally with individuals and churches in the rapidly
growing Nepal Baptist Church Council, in areas of discipleship and leadership
Carole writes: “Are
all these story books for us to read?”
asked 12-year-old wide-eyed Nirmala when we entered the children’s section of
the AWON back in 2007. The library, a few minutes walk from our
apartment, was started by a handful of American women over 40 years ago. Among
other things, it has the largest selection of children’s books in English in Nepal, including many Sydnor books donated in
1987 when we left Nepal.
works as a cleaner right across the street from where we lived at the time.
Seeing Nirmala and her sister,
Bhirmala, often walking on the road to their mom’s work place, I quickly
became their friend. One day I took them to the AWON Library. Their eyes
glistened with joy, full of happiness at what a library offered. Eagerly they
joined the library with me as their sponsor and started their journey of
reading more than just their schoolbooks. Now, five years later, Nirmala is an
English Literature major in her first two years of college. [Read more of
Carole’s journal at http://www.internationalministries.org/read/42056-one-book-at-a-time
Reading a book is
something I took for granted when I was young. But here in Nepal, it is different for young
children. If their parents don’t read English or Nepali, or if they read very
poorly, they do not know the value of reading, much less appreciate it.
It has been one of
the joys of living here that I have been able to help change the world of a few
young Nepali girls who crossed my path, one book at a time.
- Pray for Bucky and Carole as they serve the people of Nepal in the name of Christ.