Nepal is a city with many challenges and difficulties. Filth and ruin are everywhere. Poverty is rampant. There is very little in the way of infrastructure (poor sewage, no hot water, spotty electricity, etc) … and this is one of the few “modern” spots in Nepal. Already, we are bracing ourselves for our remote portion of the trip next week when we will experience a more third world environment.
But, it is so obvious to see Christ at work here. There is a hope and a conviction in the hearts of the Christ-followers here that is truly inspiring to be around. 30-40 years ago, Christianity was virtually non-existent Today, it has grown to almost 4% of the population, and we have the joy of seeing some of the ground floor work that is being done as the Christian faith gains a foothold in this predominantly Hindu and Buddhist country.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of teaching 45 Nepali church planters for close to 3 1/2 hours. They were so hungry for God’s word, sitting at the edge of their seat and writing down every Bible reference and taking meticulous notes. They prayed with a fervor and intensity, and their singing was absolutely beautiful…because it was from the very depth of their souls. Watching them served as a stark reminder of the complacency and lack of zeal that we so often bring into our worship life. Oh, that we would learn from them what it means to come into the presence of God!
During the afternoon, Gil had the chance to sit down one on one with about 10 of the pastors, to hear their story and what was going on in their churches. Wow, does he have some amazing stories to share with you! His comment yesterday was “I feel like we’re in the book of Acts.” Most of the people coming into Christianity are because of miraculous healing that are taking place all over here. Sick people are being healed, people with demon possession are being made well, and all sorts of things that are straight from the pages of the Bible. Amazing!
Julie and Sasha spent the afternoon at the orphanage, which they loved. The children are in the middle of school exams, though, so they didn’t get to spend much time with the children.
Then, last night, we were able to spend the evening with Abraham Tamang’s family at their home here in Kathmandu. It was wonderful to experience a “real” home and spend time getting a feel for what everyday life looks like in Nepal. Their entire family has a deep faith current running through it, they run a couple of orphanages, and are leaders in their church. Their pastor even stopped by as we shared a traditional Nepali meal and celebrated Asha’s one year birthday. Asha, by the way is doing better. She’s still a bit sick, but seems to be past the critical part of her sickness. Thanks for your prayers.
Today I teach for two more sessions and then lead closing worship. I am loving it, but for the first time in a long time I feel talked out. Gil is going to join me in teaching the last session. It is such a joy for me to see what God is doing in the hearts of all of team members. I wish everyone in our church could experience this…it’s the kind of thing that will change your life and shape your faith forever.
Thanks for your prayers.