Greetings from Kathmandu, everyone, for the final time of this trip (Lord willing). We are scheduled to fly out around 10 pm tonight and begin the long journey home. 4 flights, layovers, scores of hours to think and pray and sort out what God has shown us; we truly need your continued prayers in this last leg of the mission.
I want to personally thank all of you who have prayed for us. God has kept us and sustained us and empowered us through the means of your prayers. Thank you also to those who have followed our mission on this blog, and who have left encouraging comments along the way. We all miss our families very much, and we're ready to be home. Yet we will miss our precious brothers and sisters in Nepal.
I also miss my church family immensely! I have been praying for you all, that God will pour out his Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened. I've prayed for your spiritual strength, and that you would increase in your faith in Christ and your love for the saints. I've prayed that God would continue to unify us and revive our hearts! I am excited and eager to see what God has in store for us in 2009. Glory to his name! I am encouraged and humbled, full and empty; challenged to lead CCC faithfully with increasing fire, truth, love, obedience and holiness.
Is the church in Nepal perfect? By no means. Like us they have their weaknesses, temptations, and shortcomings. But I have seen with my own eyes a mighty work of God in this nation. I have seen God overcoming the spirit of competition between pastors and ministries and churches. I have seen joy in the midst of persecution and poverty. I have seen a zeal for the spreading of the gospel, and vision to take it all over Nepal and outward to the ends of the earth. I have seen what I believe to be a biblical expression of apostolic ministry as Ram leads these pastors in the work of the Lord. AndI have seen practical expressions of the love of Christ, as the churches reach out in compassion and take in the orphans in their midst.
If God is pleased to let this work continue, and increasingly opens the doors of opportunity; and as we join this work in prayer, teaching, and financial giving, here is what we can expect to see in Ram Nepal's ministry in the future:
1. A giganctic network of pastors and churches working together to reach Nepal with Christ's message.
2. Orphans being loved and cared for, and possibly adopted internationally.
3. Biblical training for pastors.
And much more.
Please pray for this ministry, and God's glory in the face of Christ in Nepal.
I am touched and humbled and ecstatic. By his grace I will never be the same.
Glory to Jesus!