Luke 19:42 NKJV – 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things [that make] for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
After spending almost two weeks in devastated nation of Nepal I now head home with mixed emotions. There is the joy of going home to be reunited with my family coupled with the realization that there is so much work to be done. Though it has only been 13 days it seems as if it has been 30 because so much has happened.
I’ve spent much of this time walking and observing the people. In the villages and in the cities I have seen so much hopelessness. Lives as devastated as the dwellings they once called home. It is so heart breaking to see them still seeking and searching to find answers and peace in the midst of all the destruction. I know that they will never find it in themselves. They will never find it in idols of metal, wood and stone. I was so heart broken and grieved as I passed shop after shop full of idols. All of them not able to offer any help or hope. If only they knew the answer was Jesus. He is the only one that can offer them the peace that they long for.
“Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies and God of all comfort, Who comforts us in all our tribulation may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV
It each day for me has been an exercise in prayer, trust and confidence in Jesus. It is so hard to pass ruin after ruin of house and building, wondering, “did someone die in that house?” Watching each day as the death toll rose from 6,000 when we first got to Nepal to over 8,400 this morning. I wonder, “did they know Jesus? Did someone witness to them? How is there family doing? Who will comfort them?” Experiencing the second major earthquake in less than three weeks. Seeing the fear in their eyes and hearing it in their voices. Jesus, please pour out your spirit upon this land. There is such a need for God’s people to go and love them in the name of Jesus. To love them in both word and deed.
Isaiah 51:3 NKJV – 3 For the LORD will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in it, Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.Some tried their best to discourage us. Even other well meaning Christians. “You cannot preach the Gospel and give out aid! Relief aid and the bible do not and cannot go together. You cannot even pray with them. You are breaking the law. You will be arrested! You are making it harder for all of us. If you preach the Gospel we will not work with you!” How can we give out aid which will satisfy only for a moment while they lose their own souls? How can we give a cup of cold water and not tell them of who sent us to give it to them? While we were there a second major earthquake struck and scores more went to their death. The time is short, tomorrow is promised to no man.
Some did respond to the love of Christ. 15 people in the village of Swara and others in Kathmandu. In that knowledge I have so much hope. The Lord desires to pour out his love upon the nation of Nepal. He desires to give them forgiveness of sins and the eternal life that they are so desperately seeking. There are believers in Nepal who love Jesus and love their own people so much that they are willing to risk their own freedom and some their very lives to share that with them. We must pray for them. Pray for unity in the church which has been so divided for so many years. Pray for the students at the Calvary Chapel Bible College which is sponsored by Promise Child. They all have such a heart to reach out to their own villages many of which are devastated. They know the only hope for peace is found in Jesus and will not stop until their entire nation knows this.
Please pray for the strength and safety of the believers in Nepal. Pray for the perseverance of the saints including the new saints in Swara. Pray for the nation of Nepal to recover physically and more importantly for their people to be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.