Meeting of Two Friends after the Great Earthquake

Like Mary visited Elizabeth in the scriptures, Lisa Perekkatt, SCN, recently visited Krishna Maya, age 66, one of the patients whom she had looked after during her previous mission in Kathmandu, Nepal twenty years ago. In 1995, Sister Lisa left Kathmandu for her next mission, a mission in India – Khorimahua, Jharkhand. Sister Lisa returned to Kathmandu in 2013, this time to minister among the mentally challenged children at Navjyoti Center.

Sister Lisa has had no contact with Maya all these years. As Maya came to know from her contacts that Sister Lisa had returned to Kathmandu, she recently came to visit her. Both had plenty of stories to share with each other. After meeting Sister Lisa, she purchased a packet of candles to support the Navjyoti mission. Children at the mission make the candles in their vocational training classes.

Maya is happy and outgoing. She lives alone, as she is a widow, in her maternal home in one of the inner city ares of Kathmandu. Her two daughters are married and they live in the same city. Maya makes a living by washing and cleaning other peoples utensils, clothes and houses. She is also a caregiver for postnatal women in their homes.

On June 22, 2015 Sister Lisa along with Malini Manjoly, SCN, visited Maya at her house. It was a big surprise for Maya to meet the two at her doorstep unannounced. She took the welcomed guests in her home with an emergency light since the whole house was in total darkness. The room in which she lives has no ventilation or windows. Sisters Lisa and Malini had to use a torch to climb up the narrow wooden staircase to the second floor. It took a while for their eyes to adjust in the darkness. Happily she seated the two and prepared some tea. When they left, she wanted to send with them some of the beaten rice that she had gotten as earthquake relief supplies. It is a miracle that the earthquake did not damage her house even though it is an older brick house. Sister Lisa had been worrying about her safety following the devastating earthquakes on April 25 and May 12.

After an hour of conversation and sharing of all that had happened in Maya’s life during the last 20 years, Maya and Sister Lisa bid farewell, promising to keep in touch. For both Sister Lisa and Maya it was a day to reminisce for days to come.