Little did I think that just two days after arriving in Katmandu Nepal, we would swiftly be whisked into one of the most incredible journeys of our lives.
Upon arriving, we only had enough time to unpack and go shopping for what we would need on the two week trek to Darma, which was an unreached village that had never heard the gospel of Jesus before. I didn’t exactly know what to feel except to be excited! We hopped onto a bus with our team along with some of the Ministry staff.
After a rocky and bumpy 13 hour bus ride, we hopped on a sketchy plane and flew to the NW region of Nepal; a district called Humla, We flew into a village called Simikot, where massive snow laden mountains fill the landscape and the fresh crisp mountain air fills your lungs.
All around our plane was a rainbow that circled our aircraft
When we were flying in the plane to Simikot, we looked out the window and what we saw surprised us and filled our hearts to the ceiling with joy. All around our plane was a rainbow that circled our aircraft. You could see the rainbow from our shadow on a cloud below. We felt confirmation in our hearts that Jesus really cared for these people in Humla and wanted to reveal Himself to them!
From there, we trekked four days through the foothills of the Himalayas. The landscape takes your breath away and I was constantly taking pictures and soaking up the fact that we were on our way to bring some great news to Darma—Jesus and His Kingdom. The trek itself was fun, but ended up being the most physically demanding thing my team and I had ever done. We carried heavy packs 100 miles in total!
Conditions were hard. Whether we were crammed into a small room as a group, enduring the freezing cold on a roof at night, or each of our team members catching a sickness at some point, God was with us and He was and is so worth of it all! There is no possible way we could have done what we did without His mercy and strength He lent to us. The mountain that took us to Darma was so incredibly steep and was one of the hardest parts of the trek, but getting there was so rewarding.
We saw deaf ears receive hearing, stutters diminished, stomach aches gone, and many other physical pains completely healed!
Once we arrived, we immediately drew a crowd. Everywhere we went, we seemed to bring people with us. Whether it was going up a hill to just worship Jesus or have team time, people followed. They were very intrigued by who we were and what we were doing. The fact that a bunch of foreign people would come to their village probably confused them, but Jesus really wanted to meet with them-and did.
Each night, we would show a film and whether it was the Passion or the Jesus film, many received Jesus and were healed. We saw deaf ears receive hearing, stutters diminished, stomach aches gone, and many other physical pains completely healed! Many were so thankful that upon being healed would accept Jesus Christ. God moved incredibly!
God will give the church community the fire they need to bring revival to Humla
The night before we got on our plane ride back to Nepalgunj, we went to a church service in a small upper room. What we looked upon was a small group of people completely head over heels in love with Jesus. We sang songs in Nepali and our contact Joel lead a sermon on the love of God. It truly was such a precious time with the Lord and the Holy Spirit was so thick in the room. They were so greatly encouraged and I know God will give the church community the fire they need to bring revival to Humla.
We were truly honored and are still completely in awe that God let us be a part of that plan for Darma. As we continue our venture here in Katmandu, we are so stoked to see what God will do next. This city is busy and insane, but there is such an urgency for His gospel to be known on our hearts. As God as our guide, we will fervently press on in what He has for us here.
Photos taken by Isaac Ordaz himself