Nepal was fascinating. The only disappointment was the haze blocking the majestic Himalayas, so when we climbed out of the valley one day and saw the beautiful snow covered peaks in the distance I knew God was giving me another simple heart's desire. His creation shouts His glory.
Nepal is Buddhist and Hindu and sharingg Jesus is tough going. It's hard to get people to say yes just to pray for them. Randeep, Pastor from India, taught us how to bind the strongman which proved effective as we practiced Mark 3:27.
When the darkness is darkest, the light shines the brightest. Light ALWAYS wins. It won when the witch doctor chanted all night around our tents. It won when bad dreams disturbed our sleep. Light conquered when fear knocked on our hearts door.
The witch doctor gave his heart to Jesus. When the bad dreams came we worshipped and prayed realizing how much greater is The One within us, than he who is in the world. And let me tell you about one victory over fear.
An older gentleman asked to receive Jesus into his heart when we met for church under a tarp in a field because the building was too small for us. Off to the side, his daughter sat mocking. When her baby got sick, the village said it was because the spirits were angry with her father's decision. But when Randeep came running down the path with the baby in a febrile fit, the mothers hysteria was fear. The nurses and Doctor began their care while the team worshiped and prayed realizing the battle we faced. On the way to the hospital the fever broke and the baby was admitted for observation. The next morning as we left the village we saw the mother returning with a huge smile blowing kisses to our team. Fear Conquered. Light Shining.
Another favorite dark vs light story was around the evening campfires in the village we visited. The kids came. The young. The future. The hopeful. We told them Bible stories and prayed for them. Three older teen boys asked Jesus into their heart and as we were praying together another young man appeared at my elbow. He gave me the Christian greeting which let me know he was a believer and then I found out he was our translator, Kamala's, brother. On the spot we set up a time for them to get together and study God's Word. Light Wins.
For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the darkness or the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:5