A Trip to the Unreached Mountains
Editor's Note: We think the stories of Bijaya's evangelistic journeys are best told from his perspective, and in his own words. So, this letter to Live Global from Bijaya was edited only slightly for English language comprehension and security. (Section headers are also not original).
So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:10-11)
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." (Mark 16:15)
Thank you very much for your prayers for our recent trip to the unreached mountains. The Lord transpired so many things on the trip that we are filled with awe and thankfulness of praising God for all He did through us.
God's Word For Lost Souls
We met pastors in six different places and encouraged them. We gave out and supplied more than 1,500 pieces of literature including the Gospel of John, even to the army personnel on duty. The Lord gave us awesome opportunities to proclaim the good news to two [people of opposing faith] and give them John's Gospel in Urdu and Nepali. We encouraged believers in three different villages and preached the Gospel to many lost souls as well as to many church-goers and to some church leaders. We gave out a new Bible to a believer who did not have one. We drove more than 1,600 kilometres and hiked for many days. God brought us home safely in 12 days.
Teaching Instead of Sleeping
On November 15, we drove to spend a night with a brother. On the way we met five pastors and leaders and encouraged them to proclaim the Gospel. That night, we stayed up until 2:30 a.m. discussing what the Bible says about witnessing and how should we preach the Gospel in our situation, especially with the opposition growing. Our key verse was John 19:11, "Except God gives the permission, no one would touch us." We had a wonderful time of fellowship, but less sleep because we woke up at 5 a.m. to leave.
It was a holiday and many people were looking for a ride. One policeman stopped us and requested us to help a lady to go where she was going to meet her brother for the festival. She informed us that there was a brutal accident the day before and a man was killed by a vehicle. I started to preach the Gospel from the viewpoint of death and how to be ready to face death.
One army person requested that we help someone else with a ride and we were happy to help because we could preach the Gospel to souls that have never heard the good news before. A Gospel booklet was given to the army personnel on duty. And I kept preaching the Gospel to two people in our car.
"Now They Understood the True Gospel"
The next morning, we hiked to where we preached the Gospel. The people had never heard the the name of our Lord Jesus before! Along the way, we preached and gave out literature to many souls and on the way back we enjoyed the cold water from a river originating in the Himalayas. After lunch, we went around the village and the Lord led us to a river where we preached the Gospel to a man who was breaking down the rocks to build a house.
There came an elderly man from the village and he also heard the Gospel. He invited us to come the next morning so he could hear more of the Gospel. Another man came there to talk with us and invited us to his house for tea. Thinking that it must be the Lord's leading, we followed him into his house where his elderly parents and wife heard a clear gospel presentation. Actually, his parents had been in the church in the hope of healing. They had been baptized also, but, after his mother's bone tuberculosis was not healed, they returned back to [the majority religion]. Then they told us that now they understood the true Gospel.
Giving Physical and Spiritual Vision
Friday morning, we went back to preach the Gospel to the elderly man who was one of the religious leaders of the majority religion. He heard the Gospel clearly along with his cousin who was a teacher in a government school. That evening, we went back to the religious leader to gift him a pair of reading glasses that we had carried and were left over from our medical camp. Along the trail, we met the older brother of this man. He also was a religious leader and we found that his younger brother had shared the Gospel with him as well. We preached to him as well and gifted both of them a pair of glasses. They were very happy for that. They confessed, "[Our] gods are just delusions." We gave them each a Gospel of John and a Gospel booklet.
We step out in faith in this uncertain time and God used us mightily. It was a very fruitful time and we thank you very much for your prayers.