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Mission: Possible 3

Dispatches

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Sunday, July 19

Team members have safely returned home. Check back for a Trip Report and more news on this Evangelic Expedition and the people being reached for the Lord.

 

Saturday, July 18

Four of us flew more than 15 hours to return to North America, while our fifth team member went 10-plus hours to Europe. Two of the three Canadians were continuing on late tonight, while the two Americans are staying in Los Angeles. We were surrounded by others on the plane who had been to the same country as we had, all to do the Lord's work. Praise God for the company of saints.

Friday, July 17

We left the hostel operated by some Western friends and made the final 8-hour drive to our departure city. God continued watching over us as we had a few close calls with crazy drivers on the highway (usually the most dangerous part of a mission). It rained most of the day, and we needed to pull over as roadways flooded and visibility was nil. We made it back and debriefed with our ministry partner, who was very pleased with the results. All glory to God. There will be a follow-up done by other brothers and sisters in the next month. We'll be praying for all the hearts God used us to touch.

Thursday, July 16

We began the long journey back with a torturous 13-hour drive over mountainous dirt roads. There's still seven hours of driving ahead. We are staying the night at a friendly hostel. Everyone is doing well, albeit a little tired. We are in God's favoring care.

Wednesday, July 15

We said our goodbyes to the mountain valley that has been home for six days. Seven locals who had befriended us came by to watch us pack up. We included them in a circle prayer. Then we crossed the river to say goodbye to the crippled monk and his family. We drank one last yak tea with them and said one more prayer over the family. As we crossed the river a final time, two police trucks stopped on the dirt road. This was the first police sighting of the trip. Eight armed policemen waited for us to approach and asked where we were going and where we had been. We told them we were climbing the mountains all around and they left us alone. God continues to watch over us.

We hiked to our pick-up spot where the driver we arranged met us. He drove us back to the jump-off city. We are content that we fulfilled God's will for this mission into a remote area where the Light had never shined. 

 

Tuesday, July 14

GF sensed that we were finished in this remote mountain valley. We'd done what God had sent us to do. But AH felt the Lord telling him that we should go again to visit the crippled monk's tent, this time to serve them. We'd taken the Word of God there powerfully on Monday. Now we were to humble ourselves before them. AH, AB and MW washed  the monk's feet while the team prayed. We shared the message of redemption. Then we were done. We all felt at peace; the burden we've felt for many days is gone. We did all that we could do — all that God could do through us. Now we trust in the Holy Spirit to work on their hearts as we prepare to start making our way back. There's a long journey ahead with more divine appointments waiting.

Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  (John 1:12)

Monday, July 13

We were preparing to go on a prayer walk this morning when our crippled monk friend motioned us across the river to his family's tent. The five of us went, filled with the Spirit. We were welcomed into the tent and offered yak tea to drink and food to eat. The monk again asked us for healing for his crippled right side, and that initiated a long time of intense prayer. We encouraged him to call on Jesus and ask the Lord into his heart. But even as we rebuked the demons that have made him mute and hold him a prisoner to his religion, he continued to show a fear of accepting Jesus. His family — with its shrine to the Dali Lama and prayer flags being mended — did accept our blessings and enjoyed our visit. Later, AB gave his trekking poles to the monk's dad, a 60-something-year-old who chases yaks over the hills in his bare feet. He took them happily. It is our prayer that Satan's grip over that tent is being loosened.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...”  (Isaiah 61:1)

After our morning visit we were physically weary. The spiritual battle has been tiring. But God showed us favor with a quiet rest of the day. We were able to drink in the beauty of His creation all around us on the first sunny day of our trip. It was a blessed respite from the battle.

Sunday, July 12

AH, BE and AB were sent out to another valley, where there is no road and tents are bound at 14,500 feet. They visited seven tents, escorted by a man of peace who is hungering for Christ. That man and the crippled monk across the river from us are at least two of the fertile souls the Lord is using us to sow.

The monk came to our camp for the third straight day, and then took MW and GF back to his tent for dinner (yak tea and doughy bread with yak butter). In a private moment, the monk held the necklace from inside GF's shirt and looked at the cross. “You want it, don't you?“ GF said, meaning Jesus. He nodded yes and smiled. “You understand me, don't you?“ GF said. Again he nodded yes and smiled. We know, like the man of peace, the monk wants what Jesus is offering. But will they take it with so much opposition all around?

Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:21)

Saturday, July 11

We began the day by recommitting ourselves to serving as donkeys, “like the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem,” AH said. We would carry “gifts” from Jesus to the people in this far-off place. AB, BE and MW delivered many gifts to the numerous tents in the mountainous valley.  But more was going on than just hauling. Scores of people have come to us and many have learned about Jesus.

The crippled monk from across the river returned and spent a long time in our camp. We could sense the spiritual battle going on around us. AH, AB and GF prayed over the man. The monk and his home are a stronghold for the enemy, and we feel the Lord will break through. There are other seeds being planted, too. But the spiritual warfare we are facing is intense. Please pray for victory here.

For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.' The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  (Romans 8:15-17) 

 

Friday, July 10

We reached the end of the road this morning. We are far up a mountainous valley area, trekking between 13,000 and 14,000 feet. We have gifts to bring those who live here in remote villages and are nomadic people. Perhaps some here have heard of Jesus, but none know Him. Until now, we pray.

Our presence was recognized immediately after our arrival as we set base camp. A crippled monk came to see us — AH prayed over him and AB helped him back to his tent across the river from our base camp. Then others came. We had a chance to share a picture book showing from Genesis to the resurrection. We know that the Word has gone out and it will not return empty. But it is very hard here and is spiritually dark. We ask for prayers that some may have ears to hear.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.” (John 15:16)

Thursday, July 9

We spent the day in our destination town, acclimatizing to 12,000 feet and recuperating from three days of non-stop air and ground travel. It provided a great opportunity for fellowship and prayer, and our first foray into the darkness of this land. We visited temples with demonic paintings and observed a sky burial, where monks dismember the bodies of the dead and feed them to an enormous flock of vultures.

The young woman helping us around the area today told us there are no Christ followers here. We may be the first missionaries to go where we are heading for our trek on Friday. The team is excited. Everyone agreed that they had wanted to plant seeds when they got here, but now they have seen the incredible spiritual need. Especially after witnessing the sky burial, there is a greater sense of urgency.

See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” (Isaiah 60:2)

Wednesday, July 8

We're at 11,500 feet. It is sunny. The people are excited to meet us; not many westerners come this way.

Wednesday, July 8

It's 3 a.m. here. A Jeep picks us up at 4 a.m. We are driving straight to our destination. It will take 18-20 hours. We will probably stay two nights there, and then trek five days to deliver gifts. God's plan comes together! PTL!

Tuesday, July 7

The five of us have arrived safely at our destination. Praise the Lord! I wonder what the Apostle Paul would make of this type of missionary travel? At times it seems like an odd way to deliver the Good News. We have flown for nearly two days straight to the other side of the world. But as Paul wrote, “Live a life worthy of the Lord and ... please Him in every way: Bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of this in the kingdom of light. He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness ...” (Colossians 1:10-13a)

And He has called us to go and rescue others from the darkness. By plane, bus, truck, and on foot. Strengthened by Him. Enduring for Him. Giving thanks to Him for blessing us with this opportunity.

Sunday, July 5

There are many questions at the start of a journey. There is a great deal of uncertainty, especially on a trip like this one. We do not even know our destination. But we go in the knowledge and certainty of the One who sent us. Our team of five is traveling, meeting at a North American hub before going overseas together. We go with the confidence that “all over the world this Gospel is bearing fruit and growing” (Col. 1:6). May God use us to deliver the Good News to ears that have not yet heard.

The Word

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'”
— Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

 

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