In fulfillment of the International Community Development Internship, I spent May 14 through June 28 in central Asia. The seven-member team of which I was a part, was active in various forms of assistance and evangelism in the nations of Nepal, Bhutan, and India.
Our itinerary sent us all across the area of northern India and Nepal and briefly into Bhutan. The entire internship can be separated into three segments: Conferences, Trekking/Medical assistance, and Discipleship.
Our conference itinerary sent us to the Nepal-India border town of Karkavitta, Nepal, for our first conference. Then we took an overnight bus to Kathmandu, Nepal, where we painted at a youth center and lead another conference. After nine days in Kathmandu, we rode in a bus and jeeps to the Bhutanese border of India where we attended a secret pastor’s conference in Bhutan, an extremely anti-Gospel nation. During that week we also led a youth conference in Jaigon, India. During the conferences, I spoke (through a translator) on the topics of: “Growing in the Lord”, “Destiny”, and “The Armor of God”.
The Karkavitta conference there was attended by people who had traveled more than three days specifically for the conference. Beginning on a Sunday night, the conference sessions continued until noon on Wednesday, May 20. It was a joy to see a visiting Hindu teacher accept Christ while others rededicated their lives to the Lord.
The Kathmandu conference was aimed more for youth of Kathmandu so we spent time of fellowship in small groups and playing sports with them. This time of fellowship was a good time to get to know the people and showed them that we are real people who enjoy life just like they do.
The final conference we preached was in Jaigon located on the border of Bhutan and India. Bhutan is one of the most closed nations to the Gospel. Persecution of believers is continual in this tiny nation nestled in the tropical foothills between India and Tibet. Continue reading →