“Nepal in the fall!”
These words rang out of Brother Mark Geppert’s mouth every summer in the ’80s. I remember hearing these words for the first time in 1983, but I was too young to go. You had to be 18 years old to go to Nepal and distribute Christian literature and trek through the mountains of Nepal. So during the summer of 1984, I turned 18 years old and started training for trekking with a purpose in Nepal. I remember walking after school with a backpack from Cheswick Christian Academy to our home miles away in Tarentum. I prayed for Nepal and the mission trip all the way home, and I haven’t stopped praying for Nepal since.
Today, I am in Nepal in the fall. I am still working with Charles Mendies, the man who challenged us years ago to come with him to win Nepal for the Lord. God is doing great things here in Nepal and the church is growing very quickly. In the spring of 1995, I remember prayer walking the road from Kathmandu to Mendies Haven children’s home and asking the Lord for breakthrough in Nepal. As of writing this, Charles just told me that there are 23 home fellowship churches along that road today. What a miracle!
Today, I am ministering with a good Christian brother named Shuman. He is a leader in the churches in the Damauli area in the center of the country of Nepal. He asked me to teach young believers this week and it is so important, because this week falls within the festival of Dashain. This is the first time these new believers aren’t worshipping the Hindu goddess Durga or Hindu god Rama during this weeklong festival. He asked me to encourage these believers because Hindus all over the world celebrate Dashain. This festival occurs in September or October every year, and it is celebrated for fifteen days. In celebrating Dashain, Nepalis worship the goddess Durga, who is regarded as the Goddess of Power. The elder members in the family put tika and jamara and bestow blessings to the younger members on the tenth day to mark this occasion. It is a festival of union in the family, of great joy and extreme delight. People put on new clothes and eat delicious food, and the festival is celebrated and enjoyed by rich and poor alike. It is believed that this festival is celebrated to mark the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura, and of Rama over Ravana, the demon King of Lanka. This festival, therefore, symbolizes the victory of good over evil and truth over falsehood. That is why it is so important for these new believers to know the truth of the Bible and that they have victory over the lies of Hinduism.
Please pray for these believers to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and understand the power in the name of Jesus.
~ Bill Richardson