2015 Nepal – Audrey Tan

Lasting Fruit Through Love

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. – John 15:16-17

We are called by God to bear fruit that lasts for the Kingdom. This was exactly what we did as a team that was sent forth with authority by New Philadephia Church, and also sent by God Himself, into the nation of Nepal. I learned what it means to tangibly partner with God to sow seeds in the hearts of the Nepali people through love and encouragement, especially in the hearts of the youth. I have seen how God wants to impact Nepal through the youth- how He desires the next generation to rise up as mighty Davids for His glory.

On this trip, I was able to see that God honours and uses the power of love and encouragement to build up and empower individuals. Just from listening to the local pastors sharing about their ministries and life vision, I was truly encouraged and touched by the pure love that they have for Christ. It was indeed a mutually edifying time as we also had a chance to pray and prophesy words of life over them, affirming them in Christ and honouring the sacrifices that they have made. We also had opportunities to minister to the youth, and each time showing the Father’s love first before anything else. The key was to show these youth who this Father is that they believe in. At the end of the trip, as I took a step back and soaked in everything that took place, it really dawned on me how unified we are in Christ. Despite every difference that stands in the way, we are knit together in God’s perfect love, and thus it is our natural response to build each other up.

There was one particular youth leaders’ revival conference we were part of in Hetauda, a city several hours south of Kathmandu, on our last ministry day, that really stood out to me. Before the service started, we prayed for God to manifest His heart through us. We really wanted to love on these youth. The first part of the service in the morning opened up with our team member, Kim, preaching on the Father’s unconditional love. Later in the afternoon, our team preacher, Pastor Joel gave a message on mighty warriors. I felt that the flow of the messages was divinely planned. There was a shift in the atmosphere when the youth began to connect with the truth that nothing can separate them from God’s love, and that they were made for greatness in God’s Kingdom. The reservation and hesitation carried by these youth when they first entered the conference room suddenly broke off when it was time for the altar call. Words cannot describe how I felt inside seeing 31 youth step up to the altar, committing themselves to full time ministry. Despite living in a nation where Christians make up one percent of the country, and despite the daily condemnation they face from their peers, these youth simply obeyed and came in agreement with God’s call on their lives. It was undeniable that God works through generations for His continuing plan of redemption for Nepal, and He had chosen these specific youth for His glory. My heart was also stirred as the whole room prayed and prophesied forth God’s good plans for Nepal. It was beautiful to witness these prayers of these saints chipping off, one by one, the strongholds and oppression that have long shadowed their nation. My eyes were opened to see that these are the lasting fruits that will transform Nepal.

On a personal level, I had thought that I was going to give more than receive, so I went on missions with the mindset of being ready to roll with the punches and to serve in every way possible. But God had surprises in store for me, as He established me in His anointing to do new things for His Glory. Before the trip, I was anxious and felt inadequate for my role as the team videographer and for song performance. Breakthrough came for me as my team members prophesied over me and God really reminded me that I wasn’t to do all that He has called me to do without His anointing. After that, I felt God’s peace and delight when I testified, sang, and even while taking video footage for the trip. I felt that I was launched into a higher level of growth while covered in His grace.

I know that I wasn’t called to witness God’s goodness and faithfulness in Nepal just to let it end with me. Therefore, I would like to invite you to join me in prayer and come into agreement with what He has already set into motion. Please pray for God’s supernatural provision for the expansion of the Native Missionary Training Centre in Hetauda. Through prayers sown over the course of three years, God has established this training centre where there was once just barren land. We believe that He will not hesitate to do it again. Pray that God will continue to bring clarity to the vision that He has for the 31 youth that responded to the full-time ministry call, and for the Holy Spirit to seal up God’s work in their lives.

Through the love poured out for one another as God’s children, overflowing from Christ our eternal source, we build up one another in Christ, propelling each other further into faith. Because I know that He first loved me, I am able show His love and bring forth lasting fruit for the Kingdom.

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