A land of MOUNTAINS, terraced fields,
switchback roads, trekkers, goats, landslides & earthquakes, poverty, rich agriculture, hospitable people, witchcraft, Buddhists and Christians.
I welcomed a team of 19 from South Africa, Canada, Australia, and America over 3 days. Our 5 man team from India
joined us ( Dr. Navish David and Randeep Mathews are missing from the photo) since they had established relationships in different villages as they've helped people recover and rebuild since the earthquake last May.
We set up camp in the first village with our 8 tents, sleeping mats and flexible attitudes.
Everyone shared the sense of adventure as we had driven 3 hours from Kathmandu over winding and climbing roads. Our elevation was between 7000 and 8000 feet.
The first medical clinic was off to a slow start in the morning but suddenly over 100 students showed up after lunch for medical attention ranging from scabies to ear infections.
I sat at the intake table and found time to pray for three boys with poor vision who couldn't read the fine print "rescuing lives" on my name tag before prayer. After prayer they spelled it out clearly, simply and obviously quite happily.
The next day David took a couple nurses and 2 other team members up a mountain where they needed clean water. While the men distributed water filters, the nurses saw over 40 patients.
In the evening we invited the village to a campfire where we shared music, Gobind had a testimony and Steve a short preach. When it came time to pray for people, all five of the women I prayed for were healed of back pain, headache, burning pain in a lady's neck and shoulders, and knee pain. Happy time in Jesus!
Afterwards we headed down the hill to the church where we were eating for dinner to find it filled with people hungry for more. More spiritual food. Joyous worship and another preach with very happy hearts.
Sue, Impact Nations prayer coordinator, wrote this short devotional for our Nepal team that day:
Mark 7:24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered the house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret.
"As you prepare to go out today be reminded that the presence of Jesus cannot be kept secret and that you carry His fragrance wherever you go. Allow the Holy Spirit to refresh you this morning and bring a fresh infilling of His love and divine nature."
It was a surprise to us to see the church filled but Jesus is meant to be known and to be made known. He wasn't kept a secret in Nepal today.