Yesterday, I received this in the mail. It’s my visa to enter Nepal toward the end of the month. It’s just a piece of paper, but to me, it’s so much more. This stamp in my passport represents a story that is continuing to be unveiled even as I write.
The story started over a year ago when International Nepal Fellowship (INF) invited seeJesus to lead A Praying Life seminar at their annual leadership conference. It was scheduled ahead of time to be in Pokhara on May 24-29, 2015. In the ensuring months, Sonia and I readied ourselves to go on behalf of seeJesus. We purchased our airline tickets, applied for our visas and set our itinerary to do ministry in Pokhara as well as in Kathmandu.
Then, unexpectedly on April 25, a 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal. Fortunately, our missionary friends were all OK and accounted for, but obviously, the personal trauma and the demands of ministry were immediately heightened. While we were still willing to go, we were unsure of what INF’s needs and plans would be in light of everything. Just a few days ago, we received word that INF would still like us to come. So, Lord willing, we will travel to Nepal, May 19-30 to do ministry.
A week ago, we were wondering if our trip would be delayed or maybe even canceled. Today, we stand two weeks away from arriving in a land that has been ravaged by massive destruction and sorrow. I am not fully sure what I am feeling now. I am excited. I am overwhelmed. I am humbled. When I told a dear friend of the news, he said, “It is a privileged place to serve those who are in great suffering.” Indeed, it truly is. Ministering to those in their deepest moment of despair is a privileged place because it’s exactly where Jesus would be if he still walked this earth. In fact, it’s still where he is through the presence and ministry of his Spirit.
Obviously, this story is not yet completed. I don’t know what will happen next. Yet, I am sure that none of the details are coincidental. They are providential. Following His lead, I am confident that the Lord has raised us up for such a time as this.
More details will be forthcoming on this blog as they are confirmed. Your prayers are appreciated as we move forward.