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
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.
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.