2016 Nepal – YeEun Ha

Victory In Christ

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. – Colossians 1:15-17

On April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, and the following aftershocks of magnitude 5 and 6 earthquakes shook the country violently. More than 8000 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed. Aid agencies and governments from all over the world responded quickly to provide financial support and supplies to the victims in devastated areas. News on this earthquake was aired everywhere, including here in Korea.

When I heard the news and saw the death toll rise to over 8,000 people, it broke my heart. I prayed for the nation and did what I could do to help. But at the same time, because of the magnitude of the devastation, I remember feeling so hopeless. I thought, “Does God even care for Nepal? The country is already so poor; how can there be another earthquake? What good can come out of it?” The tragedy was so great and only hopelessness came to mind when I thought about the nation.

Interestingly enough, around 8 months later I signed up for missions and found that I was assigned to go to Nepal. We had a month and a half of missions training, fasting, praying, and support raising. As we left for Kathmandu Airport, I didn’t feel prepared. But I remembered that I just wanted to know and have God’s heart for this nation. And within a week, this was exactly what I experienced. God showed His love for Nepal in various ways – His supernatural power, a continual message on hope, and the testimonies of His work in the country.

As our team served in the field, we saw God move powerfully in each service through supernatural healing, signs, and wonders. Even from the first day of ministry, people were slain by the Holy Spirit and healing happened right before our eyes. A person who had migraines for 4 years received 100% healing on the spot. During another ministry time, a woman from a low caste background forgave all those who spoke death over her and then experienced healing in her blurry, spotty vision. Another woman who had a strange hearing problem was healed completely as we broke off witchcraft curses that had been spoken over on her. I was also so encouraged when I saw the woman that I prayed for experience 100% healing for her back pain. Almost every night after ministry, our team members would share such amazing testimonies and breakthroughs that God brought about that day.

Also at almost every service, Pastor Caleb (our team preacher) would deliver messages on hope in Christ and true identity as a son. Pastor Caleb shared his personal testimony openly: how he was once a drug addict who lived recklessly, but how he had found new hope in Christ after God encountered him. Not only did he return to Christ again, but God gave Pastor Caleb a new family, community, and home. After sharing, many people responded to the altar call for those who struggled with hopelessness and needed to find their hope in Christ again. Our team also had the opportunity to pray for a local pastor who struggled with depression and hopelessness, which grew especially after seeing all the loss from last year’s earthquake. Many people who came out to our services were shaken in their faith after the earthquake and struggled to find new hope again, and God knew. Pastor Caleb shared with the team how he tried to prepare for other sermon topics, but time and time again the Holy Spirit led him to speak a message of hope over the people of Nepal.

By witnessing the amazing stories of healing and miracles as well as continually hearing the message of hope at each service, I saw how God manifested His power and His love towards Nepal in a special and intentional way. The supernatural signs and wonders increased the faith of believers to trust that God is able and willing to heal and move. And the messages of hope continually reminded God’s people that He is sovereign and that He still loves Nepal so dearly. I was so blessed to experience and witness this firsthand as I recorded all that happened at each altar call as the team historian. But on top of all of this, I was most blessed when we spent time speaking with the local pastors, who are part of the Native Partners for World Mission (or NPWM) network.

On our last day before leaving, our team spent some time with the local NPWM pastors to hear about their ministries and to pray for them. One of the pastors who ministered near the Nepal and Tibet borders shared how the village Christians were tortured and persecuted by others for their faith. A lot of trouble was caused by villagers who feared that curses would fall on them due to the presence of the Christians. But after the earthquake, Christians and churches showed the love of Christ as they brought help and supplies to the affected places, causing these once hard-hearted people to shift. Even the relationship between believers and the government improved as Christians who provided aid were able to use the country’s helicopters to reach the victims more quickly.

After hearing these testimonies, I was very, very encouraged to see how God was using even the earthquake to bring people back to Him. He was opening up the hard-hearted people through this disaster and establishing new partnerships for churches. And He was using strong and steadfast believers such as these local pastors to rebuild the nation in Christ. As our team prayed for each of the local pastors, Pastor Caleb also prophesied that God would raise up His people to not just affect the church, but the entire nation. The Spirit of God will bring change, and as we read in Hebrews 12:27, God shakes things up so that the unshakeable will remain.

8 months ago, I prayed for Nepal with a sense of hopelessness and skepticism. But now, through all that I’ve seen, heard, and experienced, God has widened my horizon of faith so that I can pray boldly for the restoration of this nation. Even though Nepal has been affected by so many great earthquakes in the past year, and even though it is one of the poorest countries in the world, the work that God is doing to reach the unreached is bearing (and will continue to bear) great and lasting fruit. I now know that the Lord has sent me to Nepal because He loves Nepal so much. He has sent me to show that He is still doing a good work despite all that happened, and so I can love and pray for the country as He does.

On that note, please join me in praying for Nepal

  1. Pray for many more people to find their hope and faith in Christ alone, not in other false gods or idols.
  2. Pray for greater strength and provision for local pastors and believers, who are boldly living for Christ in the face of persecution.
  3. Pray for Nepal to grow out of poverty as a nation of faith-filled warriors, for the glory of God.

As Nepali Christians greet one another with these words, I can also now close with “Jai Masih!”, that Christ is truly victorious in Nepal! Thank you.