Chris Houts from our Expert Services team and I recently returned from a trip to Nepal. Here is just one way we saw God at work during our time there:
We will never forget December 13 near Gorkha at the edge of the Himalayas. It was a literal and spiritual mountain top experience demonstrating how God reaches into a community and responds to trust in Him. December 13 marked the dedication and opening of Grace Vision Church in this Nepali village where VisionTrust Nepal, led by BuddiMan Shakya, has established a new Learning Center following the distribution of relief kits in the wake of the April earthquake. The new structure of simple but strong bamboo and metal sheets could not contain the extravagant joy and praise as recently baptized Christ followers, along with village leaders and residents, crowded in to sing and clap and pray. Never before had this community had the gift of church.
So amazing. So low tech. So ironic of God to plant a vibrant church amidst a large garden with chickens and pigs and native poinsettia trees all next to a humble but rugged earthquake-sturdy home with an attached stable for a few cattle. A Nepali Bethlehem setting and a wildly poignant reflection of what we celebrate December 25—the advent of our paradoxical God in a form so humble and helpless and simple and sweet. Beyond profound! Gushing grace on this obscure mountain top village near Gorkha. Gushing grace into our seemingly obscure lives. All for His power and renown and all for us as we live for God and love others.