We returned from Nepal back to India. We were traveling for 21 day. For half a month we were walking up and down the Himalaya mountains near to the Tibet border with China. We got exhausted, our backs and legs were paining so much. There is no roads. We had to hike on the narrow mountain trails. It was even more difficult because of the Monsoon. After rain the trails became slippery and dangerous. But we are so excited that we were able to do what the Lord put in our hearts! Elder people in the Himalayas don’t know how to read and write, but young people go to schools and learn things. We were teaching new generation of Tibetans how to preach the Gospel to the uneducated, using your fingers and body. We were able to share the Gospel with more than 100 people. Holy Spirit was changing the lives of the people. Thank you very much for your prayers and support! It means so much to us. We were walking in the mountains for half a month and we got really, really tired, but we were able to accomplish really, really great things.
These children are from the Buddhist background. They live in the Himalaya mountains near to the Tibet border with China. Now they live in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We are supporting this children home. We went to the Himalaya mountains near to Everest to their villages and for two weeks we were sharing about Jesus there. Please pray for these children and support them!
Guru and his wife Ching Chipa have four children, and they adopted 20 more orphans, semi-orphans and just poor kids from desperate families. Together we can help these children. You can pray, support and share about this project – together we can do greater things. We have spent half a month in the Himalaya mountains with this family. We were climbing up the top of the mountains. And we were going down the valleys. We were going from one village to another bringing the Good News to the Buddhist. We ate white mountains of rice, we drank salty tea and we fell in love with the Tibetan people.
This is our elder Tibetan boys from our children home. They are dressed in their national clothes. They were singing and dancing from the bottom of their hearts.
The boy in the middle used to be a Buddhist monk. His family sent him away to the monastery, when he was very young. One day he saw a dream at night that he needs to go away from the monastery. The boy run away back home, but his parents kicked him out. For several years the boy was working as a load carrier in the Himalaya mountains. He was walking back and forth to Tibet carrying up to 60 pounds on his shoulders. Now he is in our children home. On the picture you can see how we are teaching our kids to share about Jesus in a creative way.
Buddhist were listening to us with great attention and were asking many questions. We made colorful books with pictures, so that people could better understand and remember what we were speaking about.
The educated and illiterate, children and elderly people will remember the truth illustrated with pictures. How we love sharing about Jesus in a creative way! The Buddhist were listening. The Buddhist will raise up to new life!
We were driving jeep for 8 hours and in the begging we were smiling. At first we didn’t realize, how it’s going to be extremely difficult to hike in the Himalaya for half a month. Other people were going by a tractor. They were caring goats and chickens to their remote villages in the Himalayas. To reach the most remote village we had to climb and walk for 6 days! We still don’t understand how we did it.
This is how the road looks. The jeeps were breaking down and got stuck in the mud. There is no asphalt or concrete. Driving on this road is a horrifying experience. From one side there is a steep cliff. If your driver is good, you will reach safely. If not – you will die. Our driver was a very professional guy. We were continuously praying as he was driving. That was the most terrible road in our life.
Rain washed away the road and our jeep stopped. We felt very sick after the ride, but we tried to smile. On the picture you can see newly built bridge across the river. We are very happy that we didn’t come here a couple of years ago. Otherwise we would had to cross the river by the old suspension bamboo bridge.
For half a month we were hiking in the Himalaya mountains. When we were reaching mountain tops, it was a breathtaking experience, but it was not because of the beauty we saw, it was because of the tiredness and fatigue. Our backs and legs were paining so much. Often we had to walk on very narrow trails. From one side there is a steep cliff. If you look down, you feel dizzy. The head is spinning. The stones are moving under your feet. After the rain trails became rivers. It is very slippery! We are trying to smile, but we are really, really tired.
We got exhausted. We had to cross turbulent streams and rivers. We had to climb the mountains for 5 hrs and then go down to the valleys. Leaves covered the trail and made it very slippery. The stones are moving under your feet. They are not as stable as it seems.
It was getting dark and our team has reached a first place of rest. People here call it a hotel, but believe me it’s not! It’s more like a shed, it’s an unfinished cabin. But we were happy! We will get food. We will stretch our legs.
Very steep stair case was going into our room. Practice makes perfect, if you climb these stairs every day, you are good to go to Everest. There were holes in the walls. The bed was made of wood and it was very hard. The mattresses were very thin. We felt like we were sleeping on the floor. But we were happy! We stretched and took off our heavy backpacks.
Our dinner was prepared on open fire right in the home (shed). Smoke was eating our eyes. Everyone was curious why white people came. People gathered to listen to what we would say. We spoke Hindi, and Nepali people were able to understand what we were saying. And our friend Rajan was interpreting us to local Lhomi language. We were sharing about Jesus using colorful pictures. At that night the owner of the hotel, a wife of the elder shaman, younger shaman and his wife heard the Good News about Jesus.
Yes, it’s very beautiful in the Himalayas, but at the same time it’s very dangerous. Snakes, spiders and leeches are everywhere. Stan got bitten by a leech. Local people warned us that leaches are everywhere in the jungles, but we though they are a little bit exaggerating. We had to cross a river and Stan had to carry me on himself. Probably, this is where a leech attached to him. The blood can flow for 2-3 hrs if no medicine applied. Rajan went to the jungles and found a special herb. He squeezed the herb and applied the juice to the wound. The blood stopped. By the end of the trip we had more than 40 bites!