2017 Nepal – Susy Park

What a Powerful Name

Bhaktapur, where our team stayed and did most of our ministry, was one of the many cities destroyed by the Nepali earthquake in 2015. It is known not only for its historic buildings of carved aged wood and orange brick, but also for being a city with more idols than people. At first sight it was a beautiful scene: narrow passageways, hazy golden light through the construction dust, brightly colored yellow flower petals and red powder offerings to the gods at every stone mid-street altar, little triangle flags strung across buildings and walkways. But this beautiful scenery also masked much brokenness: people enslaved to cruel gods, sickness, and poverty; a caste system that perpetuates injustice; government corruption that has disallowed reconstruction from the earthquake over a year ago. All these factors made Bhaktapur a place not only of great need, but also a field ripe for harvest.

Our team flew out of Korea to Nepal on Dec. 26th, and I still had the message of Christmas fresh on my heart. The God we were coming to share was one who poured out infinite glory and beauty and power upon a lowly manger, and He was the same God that didn’t think a distant, rural, illiterate congregation as too lowly a place for Him to pour out His healing and presence.

One of the churches we ministered at was several hours away from the city by bus, and in the middle of goats and harvest fields was their small dirt sanctuary, hand-built by the local pastor who was also a full-time builder. We preached on the faith of the Canaanite woman who went through every extreme to heal her daughter. And as we opened up the altar and lay hands on people needing healing, I lay hands on a small lady. I then heard the Father say to me, “She is my daughter, too.” The same longing for healing in the Canaanite woman for her daughter, was God’s longing for this daughter. He didn’t see it as too extreme to have a foreign team fly in from Korea to hold a healing service in order to reach His daughter. And indeed we saw so many complete and partial physical healings, and one person even testified of being delivered from 22 years of demonic oppression! There was one lady who stood up to share of how God had just healed her, who also shared that she had experienced pain for a few days, and then she saw a vision of our team and the exact church sanctuary in her dreams the night before. Therefore she had decided to come out for the healing service. God pursued each one of these people, as a Father does His children. Most of them couldn’t boast in riches or reputation or worldly success, but God saw them, knew them, and called them each by name: “Where can I go from Your spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:7-8). Even if they were tucked away on the side of a mountain, several hours away from the city, hidden from the eyes of the rest of the world, God’s spirit came and encountered them. His arm wasn’t too short to save.

Another time, one early morning, we went on house visits to three different homes that had requested that we come. Because preaching the Gospel in the open is illegal in Nepal, the only way to do it was to share in homes, where people would invite unbelieving friends and family to hear the Good News or receive prayer for healing. That morning, we saw 7 salvations after our testimonies were shared and the Gospel was preached. These meetings were in small, cramped homes with crumbling walls and no heating. But this humble setting, much like that manger two thousand years ago, was perfect for a great angelic celebration as new people entered into the Kingdom of God.

God’s presence was undeniable during the ministry times. At every gathering, our team would pray for the sick and those spiritually oppressed. As soon as we’d make the altar call, a few people would begin to manifest demonically, giving us the assurance that God’s Spirit was moving. People testified later of receiving the gift of tongues. Those feeling pain and limited mobility all of sudden would have pain leave their limbs, and many also received deliverance from demonic torment. Some were baptized by the fire of the Holy Spirit for the first time, later testifying that they felt fire run through their body, or an intense heat. Some fell to the floor under the power of God’s touch, and some were overwhelmed in worship, with their hands raised high. It was a beautiful sight to see- the collision between heaven and earth, as God’s Kingdom and reign invaded these humble sanctuaries and homes, unnoticed and uncelebrated by the rest of the world, but not overlooked by the God of the universe.

It didn’t take us too long before we found out that the vast majority of the local Christian congregations we partnered with had come to the faith through cases of supernatural healing. Peoples’ mother or uncle or other relative had received supernatural healing from heart disease or cancer through prayer and the persistent home visits from pastors. And so entire families would come to faith in the power of Jesus. This is a power that dwarfed the power of any other god their ancestors had worshipped, and a power that God shamelessly displayed at every one of our healing services and presentations of the Gospel. In a city littered with idol temples and incense altars at every street corner, the name of Jesus reigned supreme, uncontested, and undefeated. This is the name that still silences demons and raises up the sick.

Philippians 2:9-11 reads, “9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Thank you for sowing into this work with your prayers and your financial support! Our team experienced supernatural covering as we entered head-on a city of spiritual strongholds (literally a high place built for the worship of Hindu gods), and we couldn’t wait to share with you what amazing things God is doing in the nation of Nepal.