2017 Nepal – Sascha Kim

What a Powerful Name

“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11”

We serve a powerful God. We worship a mighty God and at His name, everything bows down. Jesus, His name is above all names. He is a wonderful counsellor, everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He is God Emmanuel, our deliverer, and our healer.

Looking back, the month leading up to our missions trip can get the award for the hardest month of the year. Preparing for missions on top of all my other responsibilities seemed to be near impossible and to be frank, I had second thoughts of whether I should be going or not. But it was at the very last Friday Fire prayer meeting before we left for missions where God reminded me of the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. It is a popular missions verse that is often memorized and quoted: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” But the last part is often forgotten: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” It was a this part that I broke down. The book of Matthew ends with the greatest commission, but also with the greatest encouragement that anyone can ask for: that our God is with us. He is Emmanuel.

After this point, God in His loving kindness started to soften my heart and I began to get excited. Little did I know that my trip would be filled with revelations of how powerful His Name is. There are so many stories I would love to share from our trip, but for the sake of time, I will share one particular moment that blew my mind.

We began our first full day of ministry as a team with morning devotions led by Pastor Susy. She led us through a passage in Mark 2 on Jesus healing a paralytic. In this passage, Jesus returns to Capernaum from preaching and ministry in Galilee. Many come to hear Him share the Gospel. Four men bring a paralyzed man before Jesus by lowering him through the roof. Jesus sees their faith and forgives the sins of the paralytic man and then tells the paralytic to rise, pick up his mat, and to go home. The morning devotion on this passage was very comforting for us as a team because we were scheduled to have a full day of healing and deliverance ministry. It gave us fresh faith in knowing that healing can come in the name of Jesus.

As mentioned earlier in the field report, we had a powerful first day where we saw many come to the altar to receive physical and spiritual healing. I also had an opportunity to teach on forgiveness and inner healing and 37 people responded to the call to forgive those who had wronged them. It was such an honour to be able to teach on forgiveness and to see people set free from years of bitterness. But it doesn’t stop here. After a long day of ministry, the sun had set and Pastor Saul kindly asked if we were willing to visit a paralytic at his home. Say WHAAAAT?! Let me pause and breathe.

I don’t know if you have connected the dots by now, but this had to be one of two things. One, it must have been pure coincidence that 12 people from Sydney and Seoul decided to come to Nepal, read a passage on Jesus healing a paralytic, and on the same day they were invited to visit a paralytic’s home to pray for salvation and healing. Or two, this was complete set up, orchestrated by God. I chose to believe the latter.

It was a 40-minute walk on a rocky and unpaved road to the paralytic’s home. And on the way there, I had a thousand thoughts going through my head. Everything felt surreal. Surreal in that I felt like I was living out the Bible, like the stories in the Bible were happening right before my eyes. We arrived at a very lean, old looking terrace with four floors. By this time, we had to use our flashlights from our phones to climb the very narrow flight of stairs. Our team entered into a confined space and we saw before us the paralytic man sitting down on the floor with three other family members. At first we were not greeted with smiles, but with looks of concern and fear.

While having milk tea, Pastor Saul shared the Gospel with the paralytic man. Meanwhile the team members were all crammed on a mat that can comfortably fit 5 people. Sitting before me was a man whose left side was completely useless and I saw the beauty in his brokenness; I saw God’s heart to win this man’s life. Tears gradually formed and my throat grew tight as I tried to suppress the urge to cry. I started to feel God’s pursuing love for this man. I began to pray under my breath. I knew that the whole team was doing the same thing: praying. Praying under our breath. Praying with our eyes open. Praying for this man to accept Christ, to be fully healed, to experience God’s great love. Moments later, Pastor Saul asked the paralytic man if he would like to receive Jesus as his one and only Lord and Saviour. Seconds later, with all the strength he had and in a weak voice he declared, YES! Wow. Praise the Lord.

The countenance of this man changed from that of fear to that of peace. He told us that he felt the peace of God- the Prince of Peace. As we were leaving, the man waved and smiled back at us. We didn’t see the paralytic man get healed in that instant, but my joy rests in the fact that it is our Heavenly Father’s desire for him to experience full healing. The team left the place fully convinced in this man’s salvation and the fact that one day soon, he will be able to walk again.

My response to all this was the same as what is mentioned in Mark 2:12, “I have never seen anything like this!” I’ve returned from the mission field captivated by God’s word at how real and tangible He is. When our hearts are breaking, our bodies are exhausted from our responsibilities, and minds are burnt with everything around us and eyes are struggling to see an end, I am reminded that I am a child of God and have overcome them, because the One who is in me is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

Thank you for supporting our team financially and most importantly, praying with us. Your precious, holy tears for Nepal have not been in vain. I leave with one prayer and ask that we pray just a little longer: for Nepal not to be known as a nation that has more idols than people, but to be known as a nation that worships the one and true living God. So to Him who is able and holds all hope, we cry out to You, may Your Son’s powerful Name be glorified!