2016 Nepal – Magdeline Goh

Rest in His Sovereignty

I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. – Isaiah 42:6-7

This past January, I got the opportunity to go on my first missions trip to Nepal with 12 other members. Going on missions with my church, New Philadelphia, is something I wanted to do for years. When I first received the e-mail telling me that I was going to the nation of Nepal for mission, I was so excited. I remember I couldn’t sleep that day until 4 in the morning because I was so excited to see how God would use me in Nepal to do His work. However, as the date of departure got closer and shorter, I could feel anxiety overtaking my excitement. I felt that I wasn’t ready and that I was inadequate to minister because I was the youngest on my team. However, through this trip, God has shown me that age is not a problem, as long as I am willing to be still and be used by Him.

Even before going to Nepal, God was highlighting the phrase “no striving” to me. I felt and knew that this was what God really wanted to teach me through this trip- to be able to rest in Him and be led by His Spirit. Having this in mind, I went forward with expectation. On the first day of ministry in Kathmandu, one of the regions most hit by the earthquake, Pastor Caleb (our team preacher) gave a message about hope and he led an altar call for those who were feeling hopeless. I had the chance to pray for the local people. During the second session, Pastor Caleb led an altar call for those who wanted to receive healing. I prayed for two people who suffered from headaches every month, and they both got healed completely by the power of God. At the end of the day, as I was reflecting on everything that had took place that day. I realized that I wasn’t praying out of a place of striving, but I was able to pray in peace and be led by His Spirit. Throughout this trip, God not only used me to heal the sick, but He also gave me an opportunity to lead a girl to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. This was something I really want to experience after receiving Christ myself, and I was more than blessed to led her to Him.

Throughout the week, God was moving powerfully as He used us powerfully, and we were able to minister with wisdom and boldness. But the moment that stands out to me the most is when the church youth laid hands and prayed for the sick. The team held a youth revival conference in Hetauda, a city 8 hours south of Kathmandu (via mountain road). 55 youth rededicated their lives to Christ and after receiving the Holy Spirit, Pastor Caleb asked them to pray for the sick in the room. As they started praying for the sick, I started crying. I knew I was witnessing a beautiful moment and that God was so pleased with each and every one of the youth. My heart was stirred and shouted for joy to see the youth take the step of faith and pray with boldness. There was a girl that stood right in front of me and she prayed with a faith, boldness, and compassion that I had never seen at such a young age.

Seeing the whole room of youth praying with such authority, I knew revival was coming and it was undeniable that God is using this generation to continue His plan in Nepal for His glory. It was amazing to see the prayers of the youth come to life- 8 people were being healed after the prayer time! Throughout the entire trip, God had used my team members and myself to heal the sick, and it is beautiful to testify that God can even use the children and youth to heal the sick as well. Once again, through this scene, I was reminded that age is not an obstacle for God to show His power. It is the position of the heart that matters.

Our team continued to fellowship with our local contact Pastor BP, in addition to other NPWM (Native Partners for World Mission) pastors. As I was listening to their stories, especially of what happened after last year’s earthquake, I was very humbled. One of the pastors shared that people tried to accuse him in the media out of jealousy. Buddhist organizers saw that the pastor was helping out the victims with some assistance from the government. They were jealous of him and his team, so they tried to damage his reputation in the media. I was disturbed by how the enemy was trying to attack the local pastors, but at the same time it was comforting to see how they were able to be still and put their hope in Christ Jesus and the sovereignty of our God.

Although I witnessed and experienced the wonderful things that God is doing in the nation of Nepal, I would like to encourage you to continue to pray.

  • Pray for Pastor BP: He lost his house during the earthquakes last year and He is still searching for a suitable long-term home. Pray for favor and open doors that he will be able to find a house that is good and affordable.
  • Pray for the people that we ministered to: Come against the enemy’s schemes to steal the work that has been planted, and instead pray that God will seal all the testimonies and breakthroughs and continue to multiply them.
  • Pray for the youth: Declare that God will rise up the Nepalese youth and fill them with greater faith and boldness. Pray they be empowered by the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for protection over the pastors: Pray that God will protect the pastors by the blood of Jesus Christ as they minister to the people and that through them, hearts will open to the Lord.

I would like to thank every single one of you for supporting my team and myself financially, and also covering our entire team with your prayers throughout this trip. Our trip was filled with so much grace, joy, and peace! I am excited to see what God is going to do in Nepal! Thank you for believing me and my team.