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Amy Anderson - PA to CEO
On 30th December 2015, GRN sent out the Trekabout 2016 mission team to encourage local Christians and spread the Good News of Jesus in remote regions of Nepal.
After overcoming some initial difficulties with fuel shortages and limited transport, the team hiked to churches in Losku, Basa, Thuladhunga and Jubhing where they were shown generous hospitality.
The response to the gospel was positive everywhere they went.
In Losku the team met two sisters in their early 20's. The women listened intently as the team shared the gospel with them using the Saber and picture books. Mid-way through the presentation the head of the family joined them.
Trekabout leader, Ranjit, was concerned that this would change the response of the women, however, their father too was becoming increasingly engaged. With an outpouring of emotion the family expressed their gratitude.
Their father spoke about how afraid he'd been, losing his wife and raising his daughters alone. But he recognised "the real God" in the story he had just heard and was surprised how he had never heard of it before.
By a large majority the Nepalese are Hindus with practicing Christians making up less than 2% of the population.
There are those in Losku who can recall a time when a Christian in their village was stoned and thrown from a cliff for his faith. The man's humble and non-violent response formed the foundation for the church in Losku.
Ash remembers the treatment Christians in his village received. Although he identifies as a Christian, social pressure prevents him from attending church.
In Basa the Trekabout team met Peter, the first Christian convert in his village. Peter was overjoyed by the team's ministry to the people in his community. "You do what we cannot do" he told them.
The people's fascination with foreigners made it possible for the team to plant the seed for the local church in Basa to water.
In Thuladhunga the team met Prakesh who, at the age of 14, saw the need for a church building in his village. With his self-taught skill in electronics he was able to raise enough money to build a tin shed in which the church can meet.
The mission trip was characterised by a number of instances where the team started to tell the gospel to one or two people, which then quickly grew into crowds of 11 or 12 people listening intently to the Saber.
Even with all of the hard work involved, team leader Ranjit says "I got more than I gave" and some of the team are already thinking about going back to Nepal again in the future.