Gulariya, Nepal. Nov. 11 – 15, 2019
Jai Mashi! Jai Mashi! This is the heartfelt greeting among Christians in Nepal. They give honor and praise to Jesus when they meet and part because of thankfulness to be set free from the bondage of darkness! Shrines and idols more numerous than coffee shops in the USA surround them. Having experienced the emptiness of idolatry they love the living God. Yet with that love comes a deep hunger to know Him more intimately and to understand His ways. I am deeply blessed to have spent time with them and share what I have been taught from my youth. When I shared my personal story, our brokenness connected us as sisters in the Lord. These beautiful, precious ladies responded with humility and many expressions of wanting to change. I was so encouraged by their understanding, patience, compassion and kindness. May God continue to raise up a vibrant, powerful church in Bardiya, Nepal!
The above article was written by Sister Nanette Miller from Sandpoint, Idaho. Nanette served alongside her late husband, Rod, as a deacon for many years. Nanette served as a guest teacher to the Nepali women in this Leadership Conference. MTM is very grateful for this rare opportunity to bring hope and blessing to over 120 women. We thank God for Nanette, and for ALL who partner with this ministry!
I can only testify to God’s great faithfulness, love and compassion upon ALL of His People. Hallelujah and Amen would be the cry of my heart today as I reflect back on this amazing experience of worshipping, praying, leading, teaching, and crying with these godly men and women. I believe all of our team would echo my sentiments that God not only answers prayer, but He provides exceedingly abundantly above all that we might ask or think. The power of the presence of our Holy God was noticeably present as we lived, loved, learned, and taught among this wonderful group of people.
Our team consisted of myself, Chris, my wife Bethany, son Conner, and daughter Kelsi Miller from Modesto, California, and Nanette Miller from Sand Point, Idaho. We joined up with Merle and Judith Flory from Ellensburg, Washington, at their current residence in Chiang Mia, Thailand. The seven of us were then joined by Rina Dotel who is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal, and Pastor Ishwar and his wife Chandika also from the Kathmandu area, in Kathmandu. The ten of us spent much time together, and great bonds of friendship and love were formed between people that have little in common in this world, but everything in common in our relationship with Jesus Christ, and the love that brings for others.
Merle began the first session of the conference with a series about God’s proper order for headship, marriage, and family. He had very focused and intentional teaching throughout the week specifically for pastors, fathers, and men. He then followed up focused on women, mothers, and marriage, with everything in it’s proper relation of headship. It was truly an inspiration to learn from this man of God and to feel the burden and the passion he has that all might understand the blessings and benefits of doing things God’s way.
Merle and I took turns with each teaching session. There were two one-and-a-half our sessions in the mornings and two in the afternoons. One session on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday was segregated with Nanette teaching the women about what it means to be a woman of God who is pleasing to the Lord, and with me teaching the men in large tent outside the church.
For our family there will never be another experience like our trip to a small village in southwest Nepal. To say that there will always be a piece of our hearts among these believers would be a gross understatement. We can only say thank you to our great God who faithfully fulfilled every need, and to all who were involved in the organization of this conference and those who made it happen.
The above article was written by Chris Miller, a minister from the Modesto Congregation at Modesto, California. Chris served as a MTM guest teacher during the Gulariya, Nepal Leadership Conference, November 11-15, 2019. We thank God for Chris, and ALL who partner with us in this discipleship ministry!