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.
“One of the strategic goals for GO International is to help our indigenous partners plant new churches, especially among unreached people groups (those people with few or no churches and Christians in their language and culture who can tell them about Jesus.) We recently took a medical team to South Asia to serve with our partner there in unreached villages that their ministry is targeting for church planting. As usual, we saw the value of serving people and meeting their medical and dental needs in Jesus name. People become more open to hear the gospel when the see Jesus love demonstrated to them in a tangible way.
One man who came for care had uncontrolled spasms and movements that led me to a diagnosis of Huntington's disease, a terrible progressive and ultimately fatal disease.
As we talked, I found that he was an active leader in the Hindu community but was willing to allow us to pray for him in Jesus name. He said he is open to visiting the church to learn more about this Jesus who has the power to heal as well as to give eternal life.
What is even more exciting is the news I heard recently. In the two months we have been home, our partner has had four workers engaging these communities.
There are new groups meeting in five communities we visited. Fifty-two people are meeting regularly and there are 10 more new believers since we left! Several have already been baptized.
This is exactly what we are hoping for from our medical teams - that they result not only in restoring people's bodies, but that there is long-lasting spiritual change in communities. The way that happens is through church planting by our partner ministries.”