Retired judge rebuilds homes on Nepal trip

Published on Saturday, 27 June 2015 01:52 - Written by EMILY GUEVARA, eguevara@tylerpaper.com

Retired Justice Sam Griffith of Tyler recently returned from a two-week trip to Nepal where he and a group of missionaries from Youth With A Mission helped build houses for people whose homes were destroyed in the recent earthquakes.

Multiple earthquakes this year have killed more than 8,800 people and left millions homeless, according to an Associated Press story.

Photos from Griffith’s trip show houses reduced to rubble adjacent to structures still standing.

Griffith and the team worked in a village more than an hour outside of Kathmandu, the nation’s capital.

They stayed in tents and showered under old fountain spouts outside. The team learned how to chop large bamboo into pieces to serve as the building material for the houses.

The family they were building the first house for previously lived in a large 14-room, two-story brick house, which though seemingly mansion-like was just an average house, Griffith said.

Before the team finished the bamboo house, the family moved their beds in, content to be in shade and shelter.

Once the team finished that house, they set about building the frame for a second house.

In addition to building, Griffith preached about God’s plan for people’s lives shared in Jeremiah 29:11 and the work God has prepared for people to do in Ephesians 2:10.

He also shared his culinary skills by cooking fried chicken much to the delight of the Nepalese people, he said.

Griffith, who goes on many international mission trips, said God just opens doors and he walks through no matter the location. Some of his other destinations include South Sudan and Iraq.

“I try to bring lessons from these places and explain to the world what’s really happening, to get a vision of the world, how big the world is,” he said.

Another mission team is scheduled to visit the same area of Nepal to continue the work.

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