Day 3 (October, 5)
We started the morning with a group devotion, reading prayer letters from members of Longview Heights to our team and looking at “Chosen Instruments” in Acts 9:10-19. Afterwards we went outside Manali and traveled up an incredibly narrow mountain road to an elevation of around 10,000 feet. Our national had us working in a remote village of several 100 people, who had never heard the gospel, they were one of the many unreached unengaged people groups (UUPG) in the region.
We spent much of the day driving, but once on location, we began praywalking the village and looking for the man of peace. Interestingly, marijuana grows wild in the mountains, and is a local favorite. Our first witnessing opportunity was a group of young men who were smoking, although we shared we saw little interest from the men. We split up into two teams with Scott and Grant going one way and myself, Isaac, and Jason going another. Both groups were able to share and pass out Bibles and tracts in Hindi. However, Scott and Grant were actually invited inside a local leaders home for tea and laid the groundwork for a relationship with this man. Once our groups reunited the local leader invited our whole group to his house for tea. The home was a 10 by 10 room with a small stove in the center with no lights. Our group and much of his family gathered in the room as Scott shared his testimony and Jason shared the Gospel with a national translating. Some of the family seemed genuinely interested and were open to future follow up, no one was saved, but the Gospel was clearly shared. The family consists of 18 members, so we left them with a Bible and the instructions to begin reading through the book of John together as a family. They were excited to have a Hindi Bible and clearly showed interest and zeal in reading through it with their family. We are praying that the seeds planted today would take root and God would open their heart to their sin and they would turn to Christ in repentance and faith.
Luke 10:1–8 (ESV)
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you.
Day 4 (October 6)
Today we left our hotel at 6:00 am and drove 3 hours to Rohtang Pass in the Himalayas, a 14500ft pass that connects two of the more remote regions. We prayerwalked at the top and enjoyed some of the most breathtaking views these eyes have ever seen. The people groups we encountered are living in some of the most unforgiving and harsh terrain imaginable. In reality this area is only accessible 6 months out of the year because of snow and road conditions. However, the opportunity to share the Gospel with the unreached unengaged groups of this area is available for those with a desire to do so. We spent much of our driving time discussing how partnerships could became a reality with churches back home in MS in order to advance the Gospel in these regions.
Without a doubt today was the most terrifying road trip I have ever been on, the driving, roads, and conditions were surreal. At some points of the trip we would be on a one lane road with no barriers or guardrails, a 1000+ drop off, and a bus or commercial truck coming the opposite direction. Isaac thought it was the funnest ride ever, I was panic stricken most of the day!
I am so encouraged by the workers here and their powerful examples of how God can use obedient people to make a huge impact for His glory. I will be doing a follow up blog when I return home really aimed at young college and young married individuals that will highlight the workers journey and experience to SE Asia. They both remind me of the great William Carey, when he spoke these words, “Expect great things; attempt great things.” Sometimes, I believe we sell ourselves short of just how much of an impact one life (or two) can have for God. More on this subject later!