A two-day workshop on INF's values came to an end yesterday in Kathmandu. The workshop was facilitated by INF Nepal Programmes Director Prem Subedi, Organisational Development Director James Chinnery, Integral Mission Adviser Kate Dalitz, Training Officer Bijaya Shrestha and Buddhi Maya Gautam.
As well as being a leader of Ram Ghat church in Pokhara, Buddhi is the wife of INF Nepal Executive Director Dr Deependra Gautam, and the daughter of Philip Gurung - one of the pioneers who entered Nepal from India and established INF's presence in the country in the early 1950s.
Around thirty INF staff members attended the workshop, both Nepali people and expatriates. Similar workshops have already been held in other INF work centres in Pokhara, Nepalgunj, Surkhet, Ghorahi and Kapilvastu, and in May this year it is hoped that workshops will also be held in INF work centres in Nepal's remote Jumla and Mugu Districts. INF's eleven values are as follows:
- love - God's love compels us to reach out to others
- service - serving others, as Jesus did
- compassion - having compassion for poor and marginalised people
- forgiveness - having forgiveness for each other
- equality - treating people equally, as all have equal worth
- justice - seeking justice, especially for poor and marginalised people
- reconciliation - striving for right relationships between people and God
- honesty - being honest as an organisation and as individuals
- excellence - striving for excellence in our work
- joy - being joyful because of our relationship with God
- hope - bringing hope to hopeless people