2016 Nepal – Eunbi Lee

Unshakable Faith

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2

At the end of last year, one of the most exciting things I was looking forward to for 2016 was being sent to Nepal with a short term missions team. For a total of 12 days, God did many glorious things in Kathmandu and Hetauda, the 2 cities where our team mainly ministered. Powerful sermons and testimonies were released to the local congregations, in addition to deep inner and physical healing, encouragement of the local churches, activation of the youth, and the Holy Spirit encountering many. Our team was able to take part in the beautiful plans God has for Nepal, and through ministering I was able to catch His heart for this nation.

One aspect of the trip I clearly remember was witnessing the Holy Spirt internally minister to many, healing and releasing hope to those who have lived in despair after the earthquake last April. As said in Hebrews 12:27-28, we saw how God brought the shaking to reveal the things that are truly unshakeable. It was clear that God was putting unshakeable faith and hope into the Nepalese Christians. We were able to see God move powerfully through the youth and the local pastors.

It was evident that God’s eyes are on the youth of Nepal. On the last day of a youth conference, our team ministered at a church in Ratomate. During the two sessions, Pastor Caleb (our team preacher) gave a sermon about identity in Christ and another sermon about having hope. At the end of the second session, Pastor Caleb did an altar call for the youth. He led an altar call specifically for the youth to recommit their lives to Christ. As we prayed for the youth, but Pastor Caleb reminded them that they are the hope of Nepal and that they will become the influential leaders of the church and the nation. Then Pastor Caleb did something that left many of the team members in tears.

We knew that many of the village people and church members came to the conference to receive prayer for healing. But instead of having a separate altar call for the team to pray, Pastor Caleb had the youth go pray for the people who were sick. Something in the Spirit shifted at that moment. At first the youth were shy and hesitant, but we saw them one by one walk across the room to pray. They laid their hands on those who were sick and asked what ailments to pray about. As the youth started to crowd those who were standing up, the prayers got louder and louder as faith kept on getting stirred up. Through this time, we saw many healed through the prayers of the youth. We saw the youth smile and celebrate together, as they saw that God was using them to release miracles.

At that moment God revealed the tension that had been in my heart. When I found out that I was being sent to Nepal, I thought I was going to a country filled only with depression, despair, and darkness. Therefore I had been hiding a deep discomfort in my heart. But God showed me was that Nepal isn’t just a place filled with darkness. Although the country lost a lot through the recent earthquake, the Lord is restoring and rebuilding. The Christians are rising in influence, and even the way Pastor Caleb led the youth to minister during the healing altar call was prophetic for the future of Nepal. Their role will be significant as they rise up to be new leaders and pillars for the church. I pray that the youth will see themselves as powerful ministers, and that the Lord will entrust them with authority and influence.

It wasn’t only through the youth that God was moving in Nepal. Christianity is a foreign religion in this nation, and the percentage of Christians is less than five percent. But the numbers don’t matter. Nepal already has powerful pastors full of passion and zeal for their nation. Our team got to pray for some of the NPWM (Native Partners for World Mission) pastors that minister in Nepal. As they shared about their ministry and specific prayer requests, I knew that God will do amazing works through their hands, lips, and hearts. It is through their hands that God will do miracles. It is through their lips that the Gospel will be preached, and the Lord is strengthening their hearts to be unshakeable through whatever shaking may come again.

As I witnessed God move through the youth and as the pastors were sharing testimonies of their ministry, hope was being restored. I was able to fully believe that God’s eyes were and will always be on Nepal. Even though at the beginning of the trip I focused on the poverty, the demonic strongholds, and the aftermath of the earthquake, God shifted the way I saw things and I was able to take part in His powerful works. God was calling me to be an intercessor for the nation as I saw the beginning of His redemption. I saw the church rising up. I saw boldness in the pastors as they prayed and hoped for their country, as God was removing layers of depression as He poured out His love. In the short time, our team got to only see a bit of the glorious plans God has for this nation. We left knowing that the Christians of Nepal will rise and shine with the spirit of Isaiah 61:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”

Thank you again for praying for our team while we were in the field. Every single one of us felt the covering and support. Your prayers are powerful and our team asks that you continue to pray for Nepal. Please pray for the ministry of Pastor BP, our local contact pastor. Pray for empowerment and encouragement as he ministers to many people in Nepal. Also pray protection over the Nepalese Christians as they are the minority and are subject to a lot of persecution. And lastly, pray for the local churches. Many churches lost their facilities after the earthquake and are in the midst of searching for new places to worship or fundraising for new buildings. We fully believe that God will provide as we cry out and contend with them!

I want to end with sharing with you a dream shared by Pastor BP. A few years ago while in Korea for a missions conference he was at Namsan Tower, looking down at the city of Seoul. He saw many buildings and noticed that the city was so beautiful. But what stood out to him the most were the tall crosses of the churches on top of the buildings. Pastor BP laughed as he shared that his dream for Nepal is what he saw in Seoul- a city full of churches. He said, “That is my prayer for Nepal.” Together, let’s pray with him for Nepal. As it says in Hebrews 12:28, “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.” Let us pray that the Nepalese Christians will rise up and be unshakeable, knowing that they are made for a Kingdom that is unshakeable. Amen!