There are these three families, all from the same small village in Nepal. Their access to technology was limited, if any at all. There have been no outsiders who have traveled to visit them, and the closest Christian and church are hours away at best. For some, this sounds like a Utopia but this Utopia also meant they have lived in a spiritual void, completely cut off from the gospel.
These families decided to leave their village and venture toward a bigger city. They needed money and resources to take care of their family. As they journeyed, they came across Isaac, one of our missionaries. They talked, drank tea and Isaac did what Issac does. He shared the gospel. This was the very first encounter these three families have ever had with the gospel and four people gave their lives to Christ.
Kar was stabbed in the stomach and nearly killed, simply for sharing the gospel.
Kar is a taxi driver and pastor. He uses his job as a taxi driver to earn an income to support his family and church. He’s also part of the broader SRC network as he serves under the leadership of Issac, one of our missionaries.
The widow lost her husband when her daughter was three months old. She did not remarry but learned how to earn money to support themselves. She desperately wanted her daughter to have an education so the widow worked hard everyday to put food on the table and ensure her daughter could remain in school. Today, her daughter is in the 12th grade.
When the pandemic hit, their difficulties naturally multiplied. They was forced to suffer through one extreme lockdown after lockdown. This is how they met Abbaad* and his wife who were distributing food packages to those in need.
A few weeks ago, Adam* led a small team to deliver food, clothing and Bibles to the Afghan refugee village we have been serving since summer 2021. Until recently, our team has experienced relative freedom distributing relief, sharing the gospel, and handing out Bibles. That is until the TLBN got wind of it. Now, they are threatening every Afghan in that village who is discovered to be in possession of a Bible.
As our team handed out food and clothing, they offered Bibles but most refused out of fear. A few accepted a copy but they had to hide it in their food or under their clothing. As such, our team had no option but to leave the village with the remaining Bibles in hand.
Isaac* noticed a group of children playing in the street, about 35. They are poor, wearing soiled clothing, hungry, and deemed untouchable because they are considered part of the lowest of all castes in their country.
As he watched them, he observed a pastor with resources walking by them with his children in tow. This pastor’s children asked about the children playing in the street and if they could speak with them but their father said, “No!”. They walked away and carried on with life as if those children never existed. This broke Isaac’s heart.
Isaac and Rebekah* noticed children sitting around looking rather sad so they introduced themselves. They were shocked to observe the kids did not have the strength to respond or even smile. They learned very quickly that these kids were starving and had not eaten in days.
Brokenhearted, Isaac and Rebekah ran to gather clothing and food for these children. As they cared for them, they met the parents and offered them assistance as well. They learned that these families are displaced. They are homeless, hungry, and have had to resort to begging to survive. While learning of their state of affairs, Isaac and Rebekah was able to introduce them to Christ and share the gospel, something these families had never heard until that moment.
Dillon and his wife grew up in a Muslim family, living a normal life - working and providing for their family; spending time with family and friends; celebrating holidays; etc.
One day, they met Adam*. Adam shared the gospel and gave them a copy of God’s Word. They exchanged contact information and remained in contact over several weeks. As Dillon and his wife read the bible, they would message with Adam, asking him a ton of questions. This caused them to find themselves at a crossroads. Dillon and his wife knew they had come face to face with the truth of God’s Word for the first time in their lives. As their eyes were opened, a crucial question lingered, “What do we do now?”.
Adam was warned not to share the gospel in this Afghan refugee camp, the same camp we have been serving since the crisis in Afghanistan last summer. Yet, Adam was undeterred. He and his team prayed for three hours that God would open up doors and the doors didn’t just slightly open, they swung wide open.
During Adam’s recent visit to this refugee camp, there was a boy who was terribly ill. The boys father felt helpless and worried about his son. However, God saw their pain and had mercy on them. Adam prayed over the boy in Jesus’ name and the boy was healed. This supernatural healing caused the boy’s father and his family to surrender their life to Christ.
D* shared the gospel with a close friend only to be criticized and rejected for it. He left the conversation troubled and hurt. It was the first time he encountered such opposition for sharing the good news.
D called our missionary, Aasim*, for guidance. Aasim is the one who led him to Christ last year. While they are not living near each other, Aasim continues to disciple him through Zoom and phone calls.
“Jesus came to me in a dream and said ‘I am the only way and the truth. Follow me’” said G* who cannot be identified for security reasons.
G was born into a devout Muslim family. When she reached the age where she needed to work, she became a student at Abbaad’s community center where she is learning how to sew to earn a living. It is at this community center where she first heard the gospel.
Stories from the Field
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