Ministries of Blessing in Nepal

Friday, June 14

6-14By Terry Connell of Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

…who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry.

—Psalm 146:6–7

My wife, Charlene, and I spent a month in India, and four days in neighboring Nepal. In India we visited relatives of Charlene’s father, who was Indian. We also presented a check from the sale of Charlene’s parents’ property to the Damien Welfare Society, which her father helped found. The society set up many leper colonies in the 1960s and still treats patients with Hansen’s disease.

We visited the Kathmandu Congregation in Nepal. The service was joyful, with energetic participation and great singing. The 200 attendees paid close attention as the service continued for two hours. The prayers were long, as customary. The children’s choir and two young soloists delighted us.

Charlene spoke in Hindi about her great-grandfather’s conversion to Christianity from being a Hindu priest. She closed by teaching a praise hymn in Hindi. For the message of the day, I drew from my experiences in ministry, and another minister translated for me. I expressed encouragement and assurance of support through the Holy Spirit. I shared how others around the world were praying for the people of Nepal.

As a concrete example of this, I had asked evangelists from the Chesapeake Bay USA Mission Center to write letters of greeting and support to give encouragement to one sister in Nepal who was a newly ordained evangelist. This sister played a significant role in starting the Nepal church. Also, the past president of the mission center wrote a letter. The evangelist also wrote to the pastor of the Kathmandu Congregation.

I gave these letters to the leaders as I spoke of their responsibilities and their years in the service of Christ. They expressed their appreciation for the kind thoughts and assurances of support through prayers for them. They were deeply touched, knowing many others are concerned for them and wish them well. This is one of the Blessings of Community.

Prayer for Peace
God whose children span the Earth, may we reach out and share Christ’s peace with people of all lands. May we always keep them in our prayers.

Spiritual Practice: Embodying God’s Shalom
Begin by prayerfully listening to your longing for peace. Become silent and imagine you can hear the groaning of the Earth’s people, nations, and creatures. Prayerfully open yourself to God’s yearning for peace and the divine vision of shalom. What images, feelings, and prayers for peace come to you from your time of listening? What act of justice, kindness, healing, or peacemaking does God invite you to consider?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will check the Daily Prayer for Peace country in the front of this book and pray for the people of that nation.

Advertisements
Leave a comment

2 Comments

  1. Howard Sheehy

     /  15 June 2013

    Terry, I read with interest your testimony re: visiting Nepal. I am familiar with the congregation and the leaders so my mind could provide a mental picture of your experience. It is interesting to see that two boys who grew up in Colorado at the same time would have a common tie in Kathmandu. Bud Sheehy

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  14 June 2013

    Terry, this is a terrific example of hands across the sea community support. Thanks for sharing. Vera

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: