I’m sick and Monte also does not feel well. My body aches, my stomach is upset and I’m laying in bed freezing (the chills). Monte has a sore throat. It was a long day in the car. A great prison service during which I started feeling not right. After 6 hours in the car and a 2 hour wait for lunch, I’m wiped out. Please pray, we have church tomorrow morning and we leave tomorrow night.
Update: I’m awake Saturday morning and it seems my fever may have broken. I’m not healthy but certainly improved. We leave for the airport in 12 hours.
The rain came down hard this morning. It was a downpour and we were somewhat concerned that it would affect our ability to conduct our service, but we knew we are hear for the purpose of sharing the gospel and God would see to it that it happens. This will be the largest prison of the week, about 500 men.
We have a very tight schedule today. Breakfast at 6:30, bags loaded and driving to the prison at 7:15, crusade starting at 8:00, on the road by 9:00 so we can get across the pass before they close the road for construction at noon (supposedly). We are shooting for being across before 11:00am.
We were able to hold our crusade and the rain stopped before we arrived at the prison. We were welcomed in without much delay and we started our service a little after 8:00am. I opened with the IGL message and Greg emceed, introducing Monte for his testimony, Dan for the short sermon and me for the second sermon.
The service was great! Everyone did a great job. Our team has really worked well together and our two “Newbies” have done a great job, really culminating in a clear presentation of their testimonies and sermons today.
Greg offered the altar call and 14 men came forward, many more having raised their hands before that. Three men came forward for Dan to pray for them for healing and I offered gifts to the inmates and the OC. Another man, a leader in the prison started speaking and kept on talking. Greg kept telling Yaku that we had to go but the man kept talking.
I presented and the men were joyful. There are a little more than 500 men in this prison, the largest so far on this trip. We gave enough toothbrushes, toothpaste and body soap for each inmate to get one. We also gave 300 bars of laundry soap for them all to share. We also provided them with a battery and inverter to provide lights when the power goes out, which happens regularly.
All of our planned times worked out pretty well, but we wound up leaving the prison about 9:15am. We immediately hit a traffic jam at the edge of the city. Fortunately an officer directed us to turn and sent us on the “scenic route” along the river. This was a road with no trucks so it moved quickly, despite the twisty road and unpaved sections.
It should have taken about an hour and a half to get there with normal traffic. We wound up getting there just in time, two of the last vehicles to get through. Thank you, Lord, you always watch after us. If we had not made it we would have had to sleep in another town and we would have missed our prison service Friday.
We stopped for lunch at the same restaurant where we were eating yesterday when the earthquake hit, I had Chicken Sea Momo again, my new favorite meal. John left us after lunch, he has to go to a different town to take care of a few things. We will see him again Saturday at church.
We then headed for our final destination and fought traffic the entire way. We traveled less than 120 miles today and it took 8.5 hours of driving time, plus an hour for lunch. We arrived at our guest house at 6:30pm. The road is treacherous, very narrow roads and traffic that will take time to explain, more time than I have tonight. We climbed very steep hills with drop offs on either side. This country is extremely mountainous and the Nepalese people use every bit of it, carving terraces in the steep hillsides to grow rice and other crops. Homes are placed in very bizarre and scary places, and homes and stores are built hanging over the edge, supported by stilts.
We discussed our plans for tomorrow and then Greg, Dan and I went to the same restaurant where we ate earlier this week and I had…..you guessed it, Chicken C Momo (spelling differs from restaurant to restaurant). Greg indulged, too, and has also discovered his new favorite meal. Spicy and yummy 🙂
Bed was late tonight. I was able to talk to Susan and Shalyn for a few minutes before I turned in to write my blog and head for bed after 11:00pm. It’s now pouring down rain in Kathmandu as I lay down my head.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for another blessed day!
We need prayer, right now. We have been blessed with some rain to really cool things down. However, it is pouring, and it may affect our ability to hold our prison service at 8:00am. We need it to stop raining for at least 45 minutes, from 8:00am – 8:45am, so we can hold our service. This will be 7:15pm-8:00pm Wednesday evening in the Pacific Northwest. Please be in prayer for us.
We are then leaving for Kathmandu and need to get over the pass before it closes at noon.
Please pray that we will be able to hold our service and that we will have safe travel after such a heavy rain. As with every day, we have our challenges, and God always works through them to bring glory to His name.