by Ken Shirkey, Director of GCWM
The testimonies of the Lord’s faithfulness you have been reading about show what can happen when God’s people partner together to do more than each could do alone. When God’s people dwell together in unity, the Lord commands a blessing. –Ps 133: 1,3 Unity in itself, however, is not an end goal, but it is an essential element in our obtaining the full inheritance.
Two years ago a group of churches, ministries (including the Gateway Center) and business people formed to focus the resources of the Lexington, KY area for mission. That group led to a partnership with Issachar Initiative targeting 57 unengaged (no witness or scriptures) and unreached (less than 2% believers) people groups in Nepal. Here is a testimony of what the Lord has done:
Dauni (not her real name) heard the knock at the door and her whole body tensed. It was the police! She knew they were coming for her. She held her seven- month old baby in her arms and opened the door as she asked God to protect her. “Come with us,” the officers demanded. They immediately took her and her baby and put them in prison for preaching the Gospel to women in the streets.
One of the foundational principles of Gateway Center ministry is to equip leaders and help them find their place of ministry that flows with who God created them to be and then to release them to flourish and make their maximum impact for the Lord.
Your Gateway team partnered with Go International as part of the Nepal Engagement Alliance of Lexington and Issachar Initiative of Campus Crusade for Christ to minister among unengaged people groups in Nepal. Ron Houp, President of Go International, gave this report from the week with the medical team.
The Lord is tugging at hearts! Everywhere we go these days, people tell us that they want to go to the nations or have always wanted to go. Praying with college students, they pour their hearts out telling the Lord that the waiting is hard—they want to go now. Eating lunch with internationals, they mention they have always wanted to go on mission trips. This is before they know anything about us and what we do.
That was the question we asked ourselves working with the medical team in Nepal. We had no medical skills. We didn’t have an assign job as part of the medical outreach. We lacked the strength to carry heavy equipment and sickness had sapped the strength we did have and limited our participation. So, what could we add to the medical outreach team?
That was the outburst of joy from a supervisor of evangelists engaged among 57 peoples in Nepal where Christ is not known.
12 supervisors, like him, received backpacks containing the Jesus film in Nepali and nine other heart languages spoken by people groups in Nepal who have never heard the name of Jesus. Our team leader set up a demonstration showing the Jesus film in one of the tribal languages and this evangelist heard the Gospel in his own heart language.
Hugh McNeal stood there straddling a small stream of water near the Montana-Idaho border August 12, 1805 and raised his voice in thanks to the Lord that he had lived to bestride the mighty Missouri