Good morning! How has your weekend been? I hope that it has been wonderful. I have been looking forward to sharing some amazing reports with you, something that will really encourage you and boost the start to your week. You see, I have been in Nepal with a team from Tommy Lilja Ministries for the past several days, and our local Nepalese team had been working hard for months to prepare for this past weekend. You know, the places in Nepal that are easily accessible are already being reached by missionaries. But the reason we are here is that God has called us to reach the unreached; the ones who don’t even know what a Bible is.
So we have been flying by helicopter to 4 different remote towns on the slopes of the Himalayas, in the epicenter of the earthquake that devastated their lives less than a year ago. The poverty and devastation here are severe. The abject poverty in the tent cities is difficult to even describe. When I see what they are dealing with, it embarrasses me to think of all the times I have complained. There was even another earthquake here a few days ago, 4.7 on the Richter scale. The humanitarian aid (rice, blankets, sanitary items) that we have been providing in each of the 4 towns surpasses our budget. We even contacted several large aid organizations about helping us as we reach these remote villages, but when they heard that we not only would be sharing aid with the Hindus, but the Gospel as well, they didn’t want to help. But we have been pressing ahead, and even committing resources to rescuing orphaned children who are at risk of trafficking in the sex industry.
It’s been amazing to see the hunger for Jesus in Nepal. Just imagine it: as the helicopter brought us to each place, we didn’t see a single person in the town or in the tent city because everyone was waiting at the meeting site! 75% were Hindus, and 95% of them were there to receive Jesus! Wow. And now several churches are being planted spontaneously. It was an explosion from beginning to end. Our focus is salvation/baptism in the Spirit, salvation/baptism in the Spirit. The miracles are signs that open the way for Jesus, but the task at hand is salvation/baptism in the Spirit. A woman who had been completely blind was healed, and when we were ready to leave, many policemen were waiting in line to get saved. I kept thinking about when Philip came to Samaria – “and there was great joy in that city.” Just imagine it – a whole city receiving Jesus. We can reach all of these small towns, these inaccessible places, with Jesus. He is the only one who can break the cycle of the devil in all of our lives. Reaching the unreached is a real threat to Satan’s kingdom, but our goal is the final trumpet!