I love telling you stories about our adventures here. Today was one adventure after another.
We woke up this morning and got ready for church. This week is missions conference at the church, so it is a busy week! Our family all sat down at the table for breakfast. Jason asked Gabe (our 6 year old boy) to pray for the food. Gabe smiled, said, “O.K.” and bowed his head… and prayed… not in English, but completely in the language of this country. Our jaws dropped. We could hardly contain ourselves as he continued praying. And just as confidently as he began the prayer, he ended it. “Yesu Khristko naammaa, Amen.”
We finished getting ready, and headed out the door. Michaela and I jumped on skooty and took off. When we got on the main road, traffic increased as usual. I got behind a car and used it as a shield in the heavier traffic. As I continued hanging behind this car, a bahini (little sister) sped past me to my left. Now you have to understand, the most dangerous thing on the road isn’t the big buses. It isn’t the taxis or dump trucks. No, the most dangerous thing on the roads here are the young girls on scooters who have no clue what they are doing.
As she passed me, I slowed a little. I saw ahead on the left were two teen boys walking on the side of the road. The bahini went to pass between the teens and the car. She seriously thought she could squeeze between them. Instead, her mirror whacked one of the boys on the back of the arm. I slowed more, and so did the car ahead of me. When the bahini hit the boy, she began losing control. Sure enough, she toppled over. The car, thankfully, had come to a complete stop because the bahini fell right in front of the car.
She was not seriously injured, maybe just banged up a bit. She quickly got up and jumped back on the scooter. I think she wanted to get out of there before the teen boy who was hit caught up to her.
We went on to church. The conference today was amazing! The two missionaries who presented today are heroes to me. The first was a young man who wants to plant a church about four hours away from here. He had prayed for three years about where God wanted him.
The second was one of the men from the village of Kanchanpur. His name is Chandan. He and a few other Christians have faced great persecution in their village. They have glorified God through it all. So what verses did he use as he presented his burden for planting a church in the village?
John 16:21 “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.”
These men have laid their lives on the line, and yet all they can see is the joy after the sorrow and pain.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Yes, these men are real heroes.
When we came home, Jason told me that if there is not a bandha (protest that closes down the city,) after the missions conference services, these men and several people from our church will be coming over to our house. It was a little bit of a surprise, but a welcomed one. If tomorrow doesn’t work out because of the protest, we will try for Sunday. I hope it works out for them all to visit. What an honor it would be to serve these heroes of the faith!