Testimony: A Vision for Nepal and Beyond
By: Skyler Flowers
I served as a missionary this past summer to the nation of Nepal. Nepal is a small country sandwiched between China and India. There are really only two reasons I think you might have heard of Nepal. The first reason is because of Mount Everest. One of my last days there I had the pleasure of flying around Everest in an airplane that can only be described as closer to a paper airplane than a commercial airplane. The second reason is because in April a massive earthquake hit Nepal, killing 9,000 people. So, when we got to Nepal, the situation could only be described as desperate.
In Revelation 7:9-10, we get a glimpse of the throne of God at the end of time:
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from e very nation, from all tribes, and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Every nation, tribe, people, and tongue worshiping the Father for who is—the sovereign King–that is what will come to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. That is God’s vision, and as children of God, his heirs, we should have the same heart. As we are growing in our faith, we are changing our hearts to be more like his. This is the essence of Christianity–becoming more like Christ. Therefore, as our heart becomes more like his, our vision becomes the same: That God would be glorified through everyone coming to know him.
The second part of God’s vision is Acts 1:8, where the resurrected Christ says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the Earth.” He wants to use us to accomplish the first part of his vision. He has given us this Spirit of Power to be his witnesses so that every nation, tribe, people, and tongue will be represented before the throne of God. We have not been given this spirit for casual Christianity. We have been given this spirit for sharing! But as beautiful and glorious this vision is, there is a flip side to it. Matthew 24:30 says, “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then a ll the tribes of the Earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
On our second day in Delhi for training they took us to a burn house, a crematorium for devout Hindus. At the burn house they pray over their lost loved ones and perform all kinds of ceremonies. As I was walking through this burn house, smelling the smells of burning flesh, seeing the mourning of families, and knowing the eternal implications of someone being cremated in this place, I became overwhelmed and sat down. Directly in front of where I was sitting was probably ten burning bodies—ten bodies that I can only imagine the horrors of their eternal resting place. Surrounding one of these bodies was a large crowd of people, and as I am watching these people, I see a man leave the crowd and go into a side room. I see him bow down before an idol of Shiva, the god of destruction, and begin to pray. In that moment I got the clearest picture of why God had me in India, why he was sending me to Nepal, and why he brought me to Ole Miss. Every day we are surrounded by people that are on the same path as the people burning at that burn house. They are bowing down to things that promise life and prosperity but in the end will ultimately bring them nothing but death and destruction.
However, there is hope in the one whom all authority has been given to, Jesus Christ. As a result of his authority, we are called to go to our neighbors, our co-workers, our classmates, our family members, random people we encounter, and the nations! It is only through opening our mouths and sharing this hope that God’s global vision for the world will be accomplished. Brothers and sisters, I pray that this vision will come a reality for you today and will inspire you to join in God’s global vision.