Hello Friends and Family, Sept 25, 2013
Thank you for your prayers for Noah over the past few months. He is almost half-way through his trip already. He is being challenged and growing in many ways. I am sure that he doesn’t even realize all of the ways that God is working in and through him.
He returned to Kathmandu from his first trek on Wednesday night, then he ran a half-marathon on Saturday. I don’t know how he did it, he finished in 2 hours and 23 min.
He and the 6 other guys, started the trip with a 45 minute plane ride, then a 10 hour bus ride to Taplejung. Here they found a guide to take them to their destination, Ghunsa. Their first day of trekking started out with a jeep ride until the roads ended, then 11 hours of trekking, to try to avoid bad leech areas. They continued trekking (about 5-7 hours each day)for the next 4 days staying in village guest houses each night. They crossed several peaks of the mountains, in one day of trekking they started at about 9,000 feet elevation, went down to 3,000 ft and ended up at 11,000 feet. They all stayed healthy, praise the Lord, he is faithful. They ate dalbhat, which is a rice and lentil soup, with whatever vegetables where available, twice a day. He looks like he has lost some weight.
They had many ministry opportunities, on the trail and also in Ghunsa. Each night at the guest house, or if they found a “person of peace” they would show a dvd from creation through the resurrection of Christ, and then discuss it. Many of the people asked for a copy to continue to share it with others, or to study it further. While they were in Ghunsa, Noah had the opportunity to share the gospel using the gospel soccer ball that they brought with them. He also played a little volleyball with the students, though he said that he hasn’t gotten to play a “good” game of volleyball since he has left. His favorite part of the trip has been interacting with the children in the village. The dvd that they showed in Ghunsa was in the Tibetan dialect of the people of the village, God is very faithful even in this detail. Their guide spoke Nepali so Bo (the missionary) and Dundupp got to share with him several times during their trek. So please pray for this man to open his heart to the Lord.
Noah will be in Kathmandu until mid-October, for the most part. Bo’s home church is sending a mission team next week, so the guys will take them on a 4 day trek to Rosolo. Noah and his team are preparing for a month long trek beginning mid- October, where they are heading to the Kangchejunga area (3rd tallest mountain in the world). This trek will end back in Taplejung, since November 13 & 14, they are leading a training seminar for the churches. They are looking at trying to go to Everest Base camp around Thanksgiving. Please continue to pray for Noah since this next trek will be longer, and the weather colder. Pray for the conference they are leading Nov 13-14 for the churches. Pray for the many people that have heard the gospel during the last trek. He has posted a lot of pictures on Facebook. Thank you, Lynn