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Barnabas (GRN Nepal) had to leave early one morning to drive back to Kathmandu. On the way he stopped at a police post in a little village we were to visit later in the day. He shared the gospel with a couple of policemen there and then sent us an SMS, "visit the police post in ___ two men are close to accepting the Lord".
Two teams walked two hours to the village. One went to the police post, the other went on to visit other houses. An hour or so later we met up. One of the policemen had accepted Christ. The other was on duty and had not been free to talk.
On the way back through the village we came across a few men struggling with a horizontal telegraph pole! They had dug the hole ready for it but getting it into the hole and upright was proving a challenge so... off came the packs and after 20 minutes huffing and puffing, the new telegraph pole was in place! The locals were very appreciative and said they would never forget the day the Australians came through their village.
We wanted to make sure it was a day they would really never forget so while they were making us tea out came the Sabers and pictures and we shared the gospel with them. The crowd grew, peaking at nearly 30 and whether out of politeness or genuine interest many stayed and listened for about half an hour then engaged in some quite robust discussion!
After the discussion, an older man who had remained silent throughout the presentation approached the team and asked if we would come to his home and pray for his sick wife (many Nepalis are coming to Christ through healing miracles). It was getting late and starting to get dark but we agreed. While most of the team headed back to base, three of us climbed the hill to the man's house.
Before praying we explained a little more of the gospel then after praying shared a little more. It seemed appropriate to ask the man if he wanted to become a follower of Jesus. He said 'Yes' then went on to explain how the presentation he had heard down in the village was very clear. He knew what he was doing and wanted to follow Jesus.
As Dipendra (Barnabas and Surendra's brother) prayed, there were tears in the old man's eyes. What a joy it was to welcome him into the family of God. We don't know how his wife is but an even greater miracle took place in that small house that day. During that week the Gospel was shared in many village homes, and with dozens maybe even hundreds of school children, a few policemen and several young soldiers. Most showed a great interest in the story of Jesus.
One of our Nepali colleagues led a young lad to the Lord who had been sent by his family to show the team a short cut. While showing them the right path out of his village, he found the right path for life.
On the last day of our trek we stayed at a 'hotel' owned by a devout Hindu family in a village not yet reached with electricity. The lady of the house had been fasting and praying on behalf of her children but was becoming disenchanted with Hinduism. Nothing seemed to make any difference. The Good News presentation was shared and played several times in the hotel, on one occasion with about a dozen children hanging on every word. Barnabas was able to talk with the owner and his wife. The owner plans to go to Kathmandu soon and intends to go to church with Barnabas. His wife is encouraging him to go and find out more about Jesus and what it means to be a Christian.
Eleven foreigners (10 Aussies and 1 French lady), working in up to four teams joined forces with the GRN Nepal team to visit about 20 villages and share the gospel with as many people as possible! The team was just the tip of the iceberg! Behind the team were many prayers in several countries. Even less 'visible' but most effective was the Holy Spirit who had both prepared the way and worked in and through the team in every situation.
More than 1000 people heard the gospel in their own language. Many 'significant' conversations were had. Several people came to faith in Christ and many others took steps in that direction. Tracts, cassette tapes and CD's were distributed to many.
The GRN Good News presentation once again demonstrated its worth with many saying that it helped them to clearly understand the Christian message. The Saber players 'spoke' the messages with clarity and power with as many as 30 people listening at one time.
The trekking was at times demanding but the mountain views were inspiring and the ministry provided ample encouragement to keep going. Working with Nepali colleagues and meeting with Nepali believers along the way was both a challenge and a blessing to each member of the expatriate team.
Please pray for those who heard the word and responded in faith. Many will face opposition. They need support and encouragement. Pray also for those who are journeying towards Christ, that they will soon find him. Please pray too for the ongoing work of GRN Nepal. They have great plans for ministry this year and have been blessed by some extra funding through the Bible Society of NSW (more about this in a few months).
Finally pray for the team who went to Nepal, that God would continue his work in them and through them to the glory of his name.