Namaste and welcome back to the organised chaos that is my life! This year has been one quite unlike any other, as I’ve not just been to 2 new countries, but to a whole new continent! I have spent 10 and a half weeks in India and Nepal which were the most incredible, challenging and eye-opening weeks of my life, and I would love to share some of the stories with you! But as you can guess, there are a lot of stories to tell!! So to catch you up, here’s some of what’s been happening:
- I have been hiking in the Himalayas in India for 6 days, 3200m up, whilst camping (and falling) in a lot of snow
- I not only met elephants, but got to ride one!!! Plus, we also got to see a rhino – very close up 🦏
- We got to celebrate an Indian National Holiday called ‘Holi’ where basically people throw dry paint at each other to celebrate welcoming in the spring 🌸🌸🌸
- I somehow got to see the Dalai Lama in a hospital!!??!!! – legit one of the coolest stories I think I’ll ever be able to tell people
- We got to visit the TAJ MAHAL !!!
But most importantly, I’ve seen Jesus totally meet, heal and change people’s lives… HE IS SO GOOD!!!
I had the joy of sharing this Asian Adventure with 7 amazing people: two Germans, two Americans, one Canadian, one Norwegian and one Swede, and yeah… they’re pretty great!!
I can’t even begin to express how much these guys mean to me. They are the best supporters, the biggest encouragers and the best ever friends; I am beyond grateful for them ❤️. As a team, we witnessed SO much, so here are just a few examples of some of the things we experienced…
One of the ministries we got to join in on was working in one of the Nepali slums. In this we went around one particular slum area at least twice as week and got to meet, build friendships and share the gospel with the people there.
⬆️ This photo is taken in this slum area. Every time we went there we were welcomed with such love, hospitality and warmth from families who have so little and yet were prepared to give so much. But in this environment where pain and poverty was so present, we could feel the need for Jesus.
We met a family all living in a one room house – a man, his wife and their 4 children. Now their youngest child had previously not been able to walk properly. However, back in October ’18 last year, another team, who was a part of the same ministry that we were now doing, shared with this couple how much God loves them and their son, and that He had the power to heal him, and well… HE WAS HEALED! (🎉🎉🎉) This family had seen the reality of Jesus, however when we met them they still were practicing Hinduism, but could see that there was more. This of course made us very very excited. So over the next 5 visits, we had the opportunity to share with them. Some shared their testimonies, and some got to share some of the teachings from the Bible. As well as this, we got to encourage others in this community by talking and praying with them – especially for healing. One example was a young girl in her early twenties who had struggled with back pain for more than 5 years and was on medication to prevent severe pain. When we were sharing with this family on one of our visits, she came and sat at the back of the room and didn’t say a word to anyone. After a while, we asked if she had any pain and if we could pray for her, to which she said yes. So the translator and I laid hands on her back and began to pray and WOAH was it crazy. Her back became very hot, and after we had prayed she said all the pain had left!
*We later saw her 2 weeks later and asked how she was doing to which she responded that she has had 0 pain and hasn’t touched her pain medication since* THANK YOU JESUS !!!
“But what happened to the family?” I hear you ask? Well, in the beginning of February they decided to make Jesus their Lord and Saviour!!! And not only did both the husband and the wife give their lives to Jesus, they TORE DOWN THE IDOLS in their house, threw them out and put the Bible up there!!! So good 🙌🏼
There are so many more stories to share about what happened in the slums… more healings, more people meeting Jesus and people being filled by the Holy Spirit! So if you’d like to know more please please ask and I’d love to share with you!
As well as slum outreach, we were also involved in Dance Bar (night life) ministry, working with street kids, doing evangelism to people in the mountains as well as experiencing (and falling in love with) Nepali and Indian culture.
*Fun Fact: in India when you go to the cinema, they place the Indian National Anthem before the film starts and you have to stand and sing with them??!!!! Plus they have intervals in the middle of the films?? Crazy.
In total we were out for 74 days – 41 in Nepal, 27 in India and 10 travel days (ish). Throughout our adventure, God provided at every stage. One example is through our VISAs where we actually had to go back to Nepal from India as we did some paperwork wrong, so our VISAs actually expired earlier than we thought. When we were back in Nepal, we were unsure on what to do BUT what happened next was just SO amazing. On the second day of being there, 2 of the guys in the group went out to get groceries and got stopped by a Nepali man on the road, asking them who they were and who they were ‘with’. Turns out this guy was a Nepali Pastor who felt God tell him to wait on this street where our guys were walking until he met them! We had no clue who he was before, but by the end of the week we were eating dinner in his house, worshipping with him and his family in their living room and doing ministry with him! We were so blessed by this guy and his family, and we’re all are so grateful that we got to meet him!
Overall, the 10 weeks we spent in both Nepal and India were absolutely incredible. We met so many wonderful people who blessed us as a team as well as getting to see Jesus do some pretty awesome stuff!! If you are reading this and want to hear more, or if you have any questions, I would love to talk and try to answer any questions you may have. ☺️💛
I’ve been back in Europe nearly 4 weeks now, really really missing Asia but still very glad to be back! However, the travelling did not stop at Nepal & India… turns out I’d missed England more than I thought I would and actually visited home for Easter weekend! And what made it even better was that 5 of my friends from my DTS came with me!! It was so so lovely to be back in B town to see everyone (if I missed you I’m sorry, it was a very quick and very spontaneous trip!!) My Dad turned the house into ‘YWAM Bromham’ (the hottest new YWAM base apparently…), we visited London (classic tourists), and ate a lot of fish and chips, a roast dinner and a full English breakfast – yes I educated them well. 🇬🇧🇬🇧
As for now, I am back in Norway on Team weeks – where my DTS team and I travel and visit churches & youth groups all around Norway for a month! We want to see more youth on fire for Jesus in Norway!🧡🔥 We’ve just come back from one week in Kristiansand, in the south of Norway, and are now preparing for the next week! There’s only 3 and a half weeks left of DTS now, which seems a bit crazy (how has 8 months gone so fast???), but I’m still loving every minute and I can’t wait to see what happens in the last few weeks!
~ Hannah – Still small and still loving life x