I’m on my way back home after traveling to see our programs in Nepal and India . . . what an amazing experience.
God is moving in these two nations more than any other time in history. I had the privilege of seeing it firsthand . . . and being a part of building strategies and envisioning initiatives that will continue to serve the needs of thousands of impoverished people.
I’ve said from the beginning that this trip was much more than a visit—more than just a series of meetings and appointments—it was a divine opportunity to bring help and hope . . . a time to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I strongly believe that we must always be willing to go where God is moving—where He is most active in the world—where the need is the greatest.
In Nepal, our team made the journey to the Everest region to encourage and strategize with dozens of World Help church planters who had traveled for hours from remote mountain villages just to meet with us. We discussed plans for growth and the resources required to continue reaching those who have never heard the good news of the Gospel and planting churches where no churches exist.
The spirit of God is moving through Nepal like an unquenchable fire. Hearts are opened to the message of Jesus, and thousands are responding to God’s love. Before Nepal opened its borders over half a century ago, there were virtually no known believers. When I met with the National Church Fellowship of Nepal—a body made up of over 4,000 churches—they reported that on average, one church is planted in an unreached area of Nepal every day . . . and there are believed to be over 1.5 million evangelical Christians. God is in the midst of drawing an entire nation to Himself. This is the most crucial time in history for World Help to be working in Nepal.
I had the privilege of speaking to hundreds of Christ followers in church buildings provided by Vision 1000 nearly 15 years ago. I saw the faces of countless smiling, happy children being cared for through our Child Sponsorship Program and the visionary leadership of my dear friend, Pastor Kam.
I heard stories of God doing the impossible—providing our church planters with protection from brutal persecution, rescuing the lives of orphans, and opening the hearts of hundreds living in unreached villages across the Himalayas.
I thought I had seen it all . . . until I arrived in India.
Millions of travelers are making their way to the Ganges River in Allahabad for the time-honored Hindu ritual of Kumbh Mela. It only happens every 12 years . . . and it was happening while we were there—80 million Hindu’s descending on the river they believe will cleanse them from their sins.
It’s the largest gathering of humankind . . . and it represents just how incredible the need is here for the truth of the Gospel, the only hope of salvation.
The needs are much greater than I could even begin to describe. Over a quarter of the Indian population is relegated to the lowest caste in society. This means a constant struggle, a life destined for servitude and exploitation . . . and no hope of escaping poverty.
We worked with lepers who live in colonies on the outskirts of the villages, offering medical care, dedicating a clean-water well, and providing the opportunity for their children to escape a destiny of suffering through child sponsorship.
At Abundant Life Children’s Home, we planned the next phase of expansion: a special-needs home specifically designed to expertly meet the needs of disabled children—children society has cast aside and forgotten.
Through our partnership with one extraordinary man named Ramchand, the campus of Abundant Life has become one of the finest children’s homes in all of India.
At the campus of Maru Asha, we distributed school supplies and dedicated another well that will allow for sustainable fruit and vegetable farming initiatives. We also opened the doors to the second floor of the school, making education available to 180 more children from the community. World Help partner Trevor DeLinares is working tirelessly to raise up a generation of children who will change their nation for Christ.
We went into communities, who have traditionally given up their firstborn daughters to a life of prostitution, offering a way out of this oppressive business for any who wants a better life . . . a brighter future. Plans to continue developing this outreach are underway as we seek to rescue these vulnerable young girls and restore hope.
There is so much more I could tell you. I had the privilege of seeing with my own eyes what your time, talents, and resources are doing in India and Nepal. You are impacting thousands of lives in a way that will outlive you and last for eternity.
This experience has reminded me that we serve a God who can accomplish anything . . . who compels us with the chance to be a part of what He’s doing in the world today . . . who commands us to bring the news of His salvation to every heart, in every nation.
Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your messages of encouragement. And thank you for helping us bring help and hope to thousands of desperate people.