2015 Nepal – Kim MacDonald

He Has Overcome

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

A few weeks ago, I spent 6 days with 9 other beautiful people traveling through the Himalayas spreading the wonders of our Father. During our time there, we saw His tangible grace as He saved us many times as we drove through the tiny mountain roads on the edges of cliffs. We saw His miracles when a lady was healed of leg pain. We saw His faithfulness as He helped us get a team member’s phone out of a squatty-potty!

But that is not what I want to talk to you about. I want to share with you about one moment that changed my life forever. It changed the way I think about God, the way I think about missionaries, local and foreign. It even changed the way I think about myself.

On the Monday of our trip, we were in a smaller city in Nepal called Hetauda, about 8 hours south of Kathmandu. We were invited to a spiritual revival prayer service at one of the local churches. Throughout the day, we saw God move in many ways. Just being there was a testimony to God’s grace as there had been political tensions in the region before we arrived. But as we were leaving the church, something happened on the road a few kilometers away in the direction of our hotel. We were stuck on the side of the road with many other people waiting for information. Uncle BP, the local pastor working with us through Native Partners for World Missions, went and tried to figure out what was happening. Now, there’s a saying in English, kind of a gangster one to be honest, that goes: “things just got real.” This is the best way I can describe what happened next… Things got real!

We were told that someone had been in an accident and was killed on the road ahead of us. Their family was blocking the traffic from going through and protesting about the situation. Eventually, after spending a few hours on the highway and visiting a local’s house, we were slowly on our way back to the hotel. As we drove past the place where the accident happened, we saw a huge dump truck on its side, many people and soldiers crowded on either side of the road and inevitably, the person’s body, covered with a blanket. We found out that she was a woman walking home from work.

Uncle BP began to tell us about a spirit of darkness that was over this certain area. It caused drivers to see the road differently, accidents to happen out of nowhere, and many terrible things to happen to the people living there. I’m going to be honest, I don’t do well with death and I was weeping the whole time since we found out there was an accident. Sitting there, I had a revelation… This is real. This is the real thing! There are pastors and Christians who live and minister here. I was sitting there on the highway by this truck and in the middle of this tragic situation for only 5 minutes. But these people live and fight here! As I was sitting there in the dark, I was overcome by the grief, by the hardships, by the daily fighting that was happening in this place. But as I was praying, I felt God say, “Yes, the darkness is real! But I have overcome! I HAVE OVERCOME! The light you carry inside of you is brighter and stronger than anything outside this van!” Those words resounded in my heart… I have overcome!

The men and women living for the Kingdom in Nepal live this. But they live as overcomers. Their families disown them, they are attacked for their faith, but they have overcome! We had the privilege to meet about 27 local pastors during our trip there and I was amazed by each of their testimonies.

We met one pastor in particular whose story really impacted me. His name was Pastor Kumar. He had come from one of the villages surrounding Hetauda. I first saw him sitting on the small bench in the back of the room. My eyes couldn’t help but be drawn to his face because of the joy that was radiating from his eyes and smile. He looked so young and too full of joy. To be honest I pre-judged him and assumed that his story must not be as intense as the others we had heard that day. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Over lunch, P. Kumar very naturally and calmly began to share his story with us. He had been a professor in Kathmandu. He left it all to move to a small village. He married a woman whose family was Hindu. They were disowned because he was a Christian. As events unfolded, he opened an orphanage. They currently have 15 youth living in their house. These children pray together each morning before leaving for school and are taught to worship the one true God! He told us that he walks 14 hours to the village to get these orphans and bring to them to a home. So think about the fact that he and his wife were disowned by family, raise 15 youth and their own 3 year old daughter and think about the atmosphere of Nepal that I just described to you. Would you believe me if I told you he was only 25 years old?

It would be one thing if his story was an isolated incident, but it’s not! Pastor Kumar’s story is normal in Nepal. Think about Pastor Phurpu and Sister Mia who travel hours up into the Himalayas to minister to Tibetan refugees. Think about Pastor Prabin who lived at a witch doctor’s house, but was miraculous healed by Jesus, then became a Christian, but was also disowned by his family, and had to live at the church because he had no where else to go. The stories go on. Even while we were getting ready to come home, Uncle BP told us about a church that had been attacked, the building destroyed, and the pastor kidnapped only a few hours away from where we were doing ministry.

These pastors carried such humility. I felt like I wasn’t even a strong enough Christian to sit at the table with them, and they wanted prayer from us! Hebrews 11 talks about believers who have suffered for their faith. It says that “the world is not worthy of them.” This is true for the believers in Nepal. They have given up everything for the sake of Christ: family, money, a home, and so many other things. But these are the champions of Heaven. I imagine that God reads this chapter in Hebrews like this: “And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel [and of Pastor Kumar, of Pastor Phurpu],  who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, [are reshaping the next generation of Nepal, who climb Himalayan mountains to preach the Gospel]…  Some were tortured…  Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment [those in Nepal suffer being disowned, being kidnapped]. They were stoned… they were killed with the sword… [those]  of whom the world was not worthy… Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [those in Nepal included], let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” My life is forever changed by these believers.

I want to share one last thing with you. One of my expectations for going to Nepal was to see the dead raised. This is something that I have secretly wanted for a long time, but never had the faith to tell anyone until now. We didn’t see anyone raised from the dead this time, but I learned something valuable through this desire. For the people in Nepal, the dead being raised would not merely be something cool just to see God move in a really powerful way. In Nepal, this would be a moment of truth. As Nepal is the most Hindu nation, per capita, in the world, the miracle of resurrection would have an intense impact. The Hindu religion sees death as karma (the natural cycle of life). They see things like life support as hindering karma. I wonder how they would see resurrection? I wonder how the Lord would powerfully affect their grid if they saw a dead person being raised to life in the name of Jesus Christ?

I now realize that I need to begin to see the power of God like this. The power of God is not a toy that I want to play with simply because I want God to move. Rather, it is a way for the Almighty to show Himself to us. The demonstration and the manifestation of His power is often a matter of life and death.

How real these things have become to me and how serious my walk has become. Living for Christ is not just for good feelings. I live for Christ and carry His fire so that others may know Him, so people may be filled to continue the destiny that God has put in them. It’s life and death in so many ways, but I know that Jesus said, “In this world, you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33).

On behalf of my team, I would like to thank you, New Philadelphia Itaewon, for your faithful prayers, fasting, and financial support in help making this trip possible. All the revelation and ministry fruit that we bring back from the field is for us to partake in all together. May God continue use us as His vessels to be glorified in Nepal, in Korea, and throughout all the nations! Thank you and God bless you.

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