Saturday, 10 May 2014

There is more to do...A nation with countless gods.

'For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused'. (Romans 1:20, 21 NLT)

This passage came to life for me during my recent trip to Nepal. Right from the airport, we saw evidence of idol worship - they claim to have over 100 different gods, of these three are prominent; Branha (creator), Bishnu (protector), Shiva (destructor). The people know there is a Creator but they have assigned this glory to an idol, a graven image brought about in the mind of their ancestors and passed down through generations.

Nepal is a beautiful Himalayan Country blessed with the magnificent mountains including Mt Everest. In this land only 2% out of a population of 27.1m are Christians, 81%are Hindus, 11% Buddhist, 4% Muslim and the remaining other tribal religion. I was privileged with my colleague, to meet one of the 2% Christians - a taxi man who has changed his name to Joel. Praise God for that soul.

Everywhere, there were graven images worshipped by the people; shrines with image of a god in the middle of the road, by the roadside, in street corners and countless temples all over the city of Kathmandu. You dare not kill a cow - worshipped as a god.

I was aware of the un-reached nations in the 10/40 window but I got to understand the scale of the mission work that is still required to reach millions of people living in spiritual darkness. Like Apostle Paul said..''How can they hear unless someone preaches to them?” (Romans 10:14-15).

However, for nations like Nepal, it would take miracles, signs and wonders to penetrate the idol hardened heart in the land. It is not just going there to do open air evangelism but would require Holy Spirit initiated strategy. Thankfully, there is now a younger generation are not totally sold out but are doing the rituals as 'custom'. When we asked some how you can worship something that dies e.g. cow, they could not explain. There is hope yet.

I have been doing some research on mission work in the 10/40 window. There are mission work in Nepal though not as visible as other nations most of us in Africa or Western world are used to because of the persecution and ostracism of native Christian - but it is still there never-the-less.

My experience has definitely re- emphasized the importance of supporting mission work in hard to evangelized nations ( those in the 10/40 window). There are many committed missionaries who are risking their lives to spread the gospel - unsung heroes who do not profile themselves but are more concerned for lost souls. These Christians do not devote their prayer lives asking for God's blessings on  themselves but pray consistently for the good news to reach and abide with many more Souls.

What about you? Are you living comfortably? What constitutes the major part of your prayers? How and where do you invest your God given money? Are you concerned for lost held in bondage of idol worship?

This is a wake up call to me and you to do more to reach souls that are perishing - if not physically, then in prayers and financial support.

If you want to know more how to support mission work, get in touch with me and I will share the mission work that We CAN Foundation has researched and are supporting; write me


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