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The Future Hope of Nepal

In the first two days of our trip to Nepal, I had the privilege of speaking at a national students conference in Kathmandu. An unexpected surprise and joy was to see the vibrancy of the young leaders who worshipped there. There are a total of 6,000 students who participate in fellowship groups throughout the country. This conference hosted 500 of their top leaders. After being around these young people for a few days, I could see why Nepal not has one of the fastest growing churches throughout Asia but why that trend will continue for years to come.

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My Nepal Video

This is a video that we shared this past weekend with a group of our supporters. For those of you tired of hearing about Nepal, you will be relieved to know that this will be my last post on the subject…maybe…at least for now 🙂

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INF

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International Nepal Fellowship (INF) is an amazing Christian organization that seeks to serve the physical and spiritual needs of Nepal. Three weeks ago, I had the privilege of serving their staff for five days in Pokhara at their annual conference. Sonia and I were utterly inspired by the lives and testimonies of those who have committed themselves to serving our Lord there. We returned home with hearts full of hope because of the work that the Spirit is doing in and through each of them. Here is a little more about the organization as a whole:

INF’s vision is:

Nepali people in Nepal and beyond experiencing fullness of life in Jesus Christ, and serving with others to promote health, peace, justice and harmony with God and his world.

INF’s mission is:

Live out the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed by serving Nepali people through promoting health, fighting poverty and social injustice, working with and encouraging churches, and caring for creation.

What INF does:

  • hospital and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities
  • health and development programmes with marginalized communities
  • medical camps
  • assistance for organisations working for people with disabilities
  • HIV / AIDS education, testing, counselling and care
  • work among displaced people
  • TB and leprosy clinics
  • Second personnel into government institutions and other organizations to provide health services training.
  • Encourage Nepali churches, and work among the Nepali diaspora.

So what does all this look like in real life? Below is just one testimony of how their work is impacting real people for the sake of His glory. To find out more about INF or to donate to their work, check out this link.

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Durga Maya

This an inspiring testimony of a Nepali woman named Durga Maya. We leave tomorrow for Katmandu. Can’t wait to hear and witness testimonies like hers as God redeems the land and people of Nepal.

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Conferencing Bib

With my new job at seeJesus, I have been doing more and more phone and video conferencing. Some friends (all guys) have joked that I just need a “conferencing bib” for online meetings and the rest of the day I can look any way I want. Thanks be to God for giving me a wife who insists that I continue to dress and smell decently while working in my “corner office” partly for the sake of simple decency and partly for the sake of the others who still “work” downstairs in the same “building.” If it wasn’t for Sonia, I’d probably end up like John Clayton at ESPN.

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Dear Amanda

Brilliant proposal video made by a great guy for a special girl. Congratulations Brian and Amanda! Check out the rest of the story here.

Dear Amanda from Arbella Studios on Vimeo.

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Seeing Christ in All the Mess

Last few thoughts on the book of Ruth…

This is a video that I showed to our church a few weeks ago. Sometimes life may feel the same way. Random. Disjointed. Single events or even entire years in our life feel like chaotic splatters of paint. God is in control but we don’t understand what he’s doing. We can’t make sense of the picture he’s painting.

At times, this is what it must have felt like for Naomi and Ruth. Living in a time of little justice and a great famine, they both lost their husbands, their security and provision. Random tragedies all strung together in a matter of a few years. In chapter 2, there is a reprieve. A man named Boaz provided for the widows generously. Naomi’s hope was that her daughter-in-law could marry this noble man and so concocted a messy plan to have Ruth propose marriage to him. The plan was risky and appeared risqué but it all worked out and Boaz agreed. Someone else still had the right to marry Ruth but he stepped aside and Boaz fulfilled the role of a redeemer.

Such a mixed bag of events. Hopeful ones and hopeless ones. Ones that offer safety and ones that are extremely risky. Ones that provide abundantly and others that take away viciously. How does it all work together? Is there meaning and is there purpose? Or is life just a series of random events? Some good and many bad?

According to Romans 8:28, God works all things together for the good of those who love him. All things, whether good or bad, God uses for his glory and in that our blessing. While the details of each believer’s story may vary, the hope for God’s good is always rooted in the same source. That hope is always in Jesus. All things lead us to Christ. In Christ, all things will be reconciled whether in Heaven or on earth. Even the seemingly random events of Naomi and Ruth’s life ultimately led to Jesus. For Ruth gave birth to Obed who eventually fathered Jesse who fathered Israel’s greatest king, David. That is until, Israel’s ultimate King, our Lord Jesus, was birthed from David’s lineage generations later.

Whatever you may be going through, know that the details of your life are not random. God has a good and glorious purpose that he is working out. It may take longer than you’d like but as you wait by faith, hope in Jesus as the guarantee that God’s love will prevail.

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Love is Foolish

Last month, I shared this story of the “Little Red Hen” with our church family. I think most of us can appreciate this familiar fable because of the important life lessons it teaches. Work hard. Don’t be lazy. I like it because there is a sense of justice. You get what you pay for. If you don’t work, you don’t eat.

This story reminded me of Naomi and Ruth. In Ruth 2, both widows were confronted with a practical need: food. They had none and they were hungry. We’re not told explicitly but all things indicate that Naomi was depressed. She lost her husband and sons and returned to her hometown empty-handed. Even if she was hungry, Naomi had no desire to go out to get food. Rather than sit around and do nothing, Ruth acted. She traveled into the fields and gleaned whatever grain she could. Reaping grain was hard work. It involved endless hours bent over in the heat of the day gathering stalks of wheat. It was dangerous work. As a single woman with no husband to cover her, Ruth was vulnerable.

In some ways, Ruth was like the Little Red Hen: working hard, with no help. Naturally, we may wonder, “where was Naomi?” Naomi was older but probably only 45-50 years old. She was still capable of working especially in such desperate times. Like the Little Red Hen’s friends, she was doing nothing. At this point, I want to shout, “But, that’s not fair!” When it comes to things like this, don’t we always have a scale in our minds? I know I do. Minimally, the give and take should be equal. If I can give less and take more that’s called a profit. It’s not fair but when it’s in my favor, it’s a positive thing in my mind. But what happens when I give more and take less? That’s called a loss and when it’s not in my favor, it’s a negative thing.

The scale was totally imbalanced for Ruth. She sacrificed everything for Naomi: her identity, her gods, her safety, her comfort, her entire life without even a “thank you” in return. Then Ruth worked in the fields to provide for Naomi while she stayed home.

How would we feel if the story of the Little Red Hen ended differently? When the Hen asked, “Who will help me eat this bread?” and all her friends said “I will!,” what if she not only let them but also gave them so much bread that they had leftovers to take home? How would we feel about the story then? That’s totally unfair?! You betcha! Yet, that’s exactly how the story ended for Ruth.

So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah  of barley. And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied.

Hesed is unfair. It’s totally unbalanced. It gives with no return. In fact, hesed is foolish, really foolish. If bankers managed their investments according to hesed, they would be bankrupt within minutes. Hesed is a foolish investment. Love, especially lavish love, always is.

Maybe that’s why I am afraid to love in this way. If I keep giving with nothing in return, what will happen when my love runs out? The reserves in my love tank can barely get me out of the parking lot let alone down the highway of hesed. If I love this way, I will lose everything. I will lose myself. It feels like a really short-sighted investment. It will and does feel foolish.

So why even try to love? Because this unbalanced, unfair, uncanny way of relating is the way of the gospel. Jesus literally gave us everything and got nothing but our punishment in return (LOSS). We literally gave nothing but got everything in return (PROFIT). His loss in our gain. Totally imbalanced. Totally the heart of God.

Because of Christ, the scales are totally tipped in my favor. In relationship to God, I have all profit and no loss. So when it comes to loving others, why wouldn’t I be able to suffer some loss for their sake? Why should I worry about the balance of the scales lest I be like the unmerciful servant who was forgiven everything but could not forgive (Matt. 18:21-35). God made a foolish investment when he showed me hesed yet I’m so grateful that he did! Thanks be to God that his foolish ways are not my ways!

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Krista Horning

These are amazing words shared by Krista Horning at a recent Desiring God Conference on disabilities. Her testimony is a powerful one so I will let it speak for itself…

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Why We Adopt

Fellow blogger, “2 birds 1 babushka” made me aware of this Francis Chan video. It’s a brief but clear explanation of why adopted children of the Father should want to adopt orphans in this world. Thanks 2b1b!

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