Month: January 2021

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The Wake-Up call

Blog, It Is Happening, Mission Trip, Outreach

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

Greetings to you from the Himalayas!

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

From land, food, and shelter to a righteous path of salvation, God provides for those who follow His commandments. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.

The mission trip of Dec 2020 is our most unforgettable trip of the year. The passion of reaching the most unreached lives of the hidden mountains is the reason that awakens us every moment. By the Grace of God and His guidance, our ministry is bringing about impactful transformations in native people’s lives and communities. We are grateful to God for His provision, love, and support. We feel honored to be a channel of blessings between our native people and our generous partners.

We want to let you know how your generosities are transforming the Himalayas. Our desire is that these reports will bless and inspire you as we take you along with us on our mission trip to the Himalayas. Be assured that, welfare, prosperity, and blessings over you, your family, and your ministry are always part of our regular prayer.

Ice-breaking

 

To most of us on the RHMI team, this was our first-ever experience to break the ice on a road. To the inhabitants of the capital city of Kathmandu, such situations are rare. No sooner had we started our journey, within the next 20 minutes we encountered thick ice that obstructed our way. Our jeep could not get any traction on the ice that had formed during the previous night. We had no other options but to try to break it up. Fortunately, as we were aware this could happen, we had a digging bar, pickaxe, and spade. It was such a disappointing situation for us. For the whole day, we tried our best to clear the road even by pouring table salt to melt the ice, but it didn’t help. We were already losing our energy and started feeling dehydrated. Our vehicle finally got stuck in an icy pit.

The phone call in mountain

We could not get the jeep out, so we decided to call another vehicle from the mission field we were going to. We returned to the valley walking another 2 hours and climbing 1 hour to another mountain-top before we finally got a cell phone network. After contacting several possibilities that were not able to help, we had no option other than to carry our luggage and walk. Half of our team were waiting in the spot where our luggage was unloaded. Since it was impossible to travel on the icy road, we decided to take our vehicle back and park it at the inn until our return.

Walking

As our plans were changed, we decided to continue on. We carried all our belongings and started hiking on that difficult road in the dark twilight. Some of our team had had no experience in hiking in the steep mountains and were unable to carry such big loads as we had. By this time everyone had lost their energy while breaking the ice and it was very difficult for some of us due to fatigue.

So, we rested for a while and ate our travel food, which provided us energy to continue our journey.

Yakshed

After walking for many hours, with very dim lights, we decided to stay in a cowshed on our way. But it wasn’t easy to reach there either. We had to climb down through steep mountains into a valley. That evening was a real concern for me because some of the team were not even in a condition to move on. One of our team also suffered hypothermia. Finally, when we reached the Yakshed, we prayed for him, worshipped God, thanked Him for His providence, ate delicious food, and then slept. Praises to the Lord for everything.

Praises to the Lord for everything.” “In the morning we were all refreshed by the sleep and we all came our of that shed smelling like Yaks.” All praises and glory to God, for He kept His hand of protection over us through the freezing, desolate mountains at nearly 6000 m altitudes.

The journey was not easy at all. The lack of an adequate amount of oxygen in the thin air was making it much more difficult to walk. Nevertheless, the passion and trust in the Lord were energizing us as we went. It was the moment where God whispered to me, “This year is the Year of Maturity.”

His clear voice made me continue with confidence with my brave team. Thank you, partners, for your incredible prayer and sacrificial support, without which we would never make it possible. May God bless you.

In the next report, we will continue our journey from the cowshed to remote villages high in the Himalayas.

With all my gratitude,

Pastor Haron and the entire RHMI families.

 

 

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The Wake-Up call

Blog, It Is Happening, Mission Trip, Outreach

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Dear partners,

we are wishing you a very happy and blessed new year in 2021.

We want to let you know that our appreciation and thanks to you cannot be adequately put into words for the care and consideration you have expressed over our native people in the Himalayas. We are humbled to be a part of God’s vision. We are blessed by your mutual vision in ministering to the native people of the Himalayas. In so doing, you are ministering to the Lord Himself.

‘…. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40

Even though the environment here is very intense because of the Covid-19 pandemic, by God’s grace, we were able to go on a mission trip to the very cold Nepal-Tibet border.

In the following report, we present you the wonderful stories, incidents, memories, and testimonies we have gathered for you from this most awaited mission trip. We want to let you know that these blessings are the outcomes of what you have sowed. Thank you for everything.

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Also, as the strict lockdown has been temporarily eased, we wanted to let you know that you will receive these reports once every two weeks from now on.

As Romans 14 states, the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, and anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. We were so blessed to see the timeliness of His mighty plans. God is our provider. Dear partners, we give our thanks and appreciation for your generous support for our mission trip in Dec 2020. Thank you very much for loving our land and our people.

As we completed our planning and organizing the schedules, we started packing Christmas gifts, our luggage, hiking gear, and necessary stuff. It was so exciting to pack those gifts for our brothers and sisters in the Himalayas. As we were packing them according to the name list, we could see their faces, smiles, and words in our mind’s eyes. We were so eager to meet them.

Even while loading those big backpacks in the vehicle, they didn’t feel so heavy to us because our hearts were lifted up for our native people. We were just enjoying our trip.

We started our journey early in the morning with a prayer for our safety and with much excitement. We traveled by listening to beautiful audio hymns and singing, humming, and harmonizing along with the audio. When we stopped for a break and to have tea, we were surprised at how far we had come.

As we crossed through the dense forest and moved along the winding roads under the big blue sky, everyone in our team was lost in their world.

Just as the sun was setting, the road became very steep and the turns very sharp. A thick blanket of fog settled around us. But, despite the thick darkness and the risks of the deadly road, we again started singing hymns and praising God and playing the Djembe (a native drum). Outside the vehicle, the wind was cold enough to cause hypothermia. But inside the vehicle we were warm and safe and blessed the whole time. All praise and honor to our God!

God’s grace is amazing! Just as one of the vehicles tire pressure became low because of the very bumpy road, we encountered some construction-equipment operators who helped us to fill the air and then invited us to sit around a fireplace and warm ourselves. As we talked with them, they gave us information that caused us to change our plan to keep on traveling.

They told us that the road was too dangerous to continue our travel due to ice on the roadway. So, we decided to stay at a nearby inn. It turned out to be more exciting when we discovered that the owner of the inn was also a Christian and one of our native believers. We had a delicious dinner and sound sleep through the night. Praise the Lord. We believe that the only “coincidences” that occur are divine “coincidences” that happen as we travel under the protection of the almighty God!

Dear partners, we have lots more to share with you. We hope that you are enthused by our enthusiasm. Stay tuned as we take you along with us on our journey. After this first day, we encountered more risky moments where we experienced the presence of God. We believe that the reason behind our safety was your ceaseless prayers.

Thank you for everything.

 

 

About RHMI

Reach Himalaya Ministries International is a IRS Code Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit ministry. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

100% goes to mission field

Get In Touch

 PO Box 7265,
Woodbridge VA 22195

 +1-571-719-5438

 contact@reachhimalaya.org

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