Jaya Masi! (Victory to the Messiah!)
To start this final post, I would like to say thank you to all who have been praying for us during this trip. Your prayers have provided us with minimal stomach problems, expedited recovery of a cold, the abilty to continue on when we were tired, restful nights of sleep, safe travel (whether on foot, in cars, or in the air), and an ability to reach some youth that will soon be changing the face of their country. Thank you for partnering in our ministry here.
Today, we drove outside of Kathmandu to a place called Dakchinkali. There, Bishwa showed us a well known Hindu temple. At this temple, animal sacrifices are common place. We, luckily, showed up during a time where none were being performed. The road leading up to the temple was cluttered with booths selling both things to offer and things to buy. There was even a few stalls where one could purchase lunch. It was utterly heart wrenching to see people in desperation, giving their best to gods that could not acknowledge their efforts. I saw, as the priests began to ring large bells in an effort to wake up the non-existent dieties, emotionless expressions on faces that reminded me of the looks I have seen on the faces of slaves in old pictures. To top it off, there was a man with leprosy, a sick woman, and a blind woman begging at the temple. The shackles were not visible, but they were real nonetheless.
Bishwa has described Hinduism to us as “searching for a black cat, in a dark room, where the cat does not exist.” If that is true, then these people have been fooled by thousands of years of darkness. It is incredibe how we search for God. The people of Nepal are searching for God. Pray that they encounter Bishwa, his family, or one of the other 900,000 Christians in Nepal. Just 20 years ago, there were only 50,000 Christians here, and just 60 years ago there were none. The Lord of lords has done a mighty work, Praise Him! But when you consider that there are nearly 20 million people here, there is still much to be done. That’s what our team will leave with tomorrow; that we must continue to pray for the people of Nepal, and the ministry of the Church here. Please join us!
In closing, please pray for us in our travels tomorrow. Our flight to Dehli departs Kathmandu in the afternoon. In Dehli, Naiya, Chase, Rachel, Kaylee and Victoria head to Paris, and on to Atlanta, and finally home to Wichita. I will be leaving Dehli for Singapore and finally arriving in Jakarta. Please pray for safe passage and saftey during layovers for all of us. Thanks for reading!
In His Grip,
P.S. To all my family and friends: thank you for your prayers. I love you all and will see you in about two weeks, except for Megan, I’ll see you in just a couple days! Please pray that God would give me the wisdom, and endurance that it will take to finish my journey and lead team Indonesia.