About a week ago on our prayer blog, we asked you to pray for "G" who was seriously ill and in the hospital. Since that time, much of our local Nepali community was mobilized to pray in the name of Jesus for this young woman, herself a fairly new Christ-follower. At one point last week, some 30-40 Nepalis were at the hospital at the same time, praying in something like shifts for God to show His power.
Well, "G" is now well. She left the hospital with a prescription for pain meds "as needed" and a recommendation to take some OTC vitamins. She's actually doing great and will, next Saturday, become the first graduate from an American high school in this community's history.
Yesterday's worship gathering (we call them "satsangs") was thus a natural opportunity to simply pour our hearts out in thanksgiving to God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:10-11 deeply resonated with us:
"He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many."
There was laughing, tears of joy, and lots of dancing as we gave thanks. The highlight was when young "G" stood up before all and shared her testimony of God's faithfulness. Her faith had been immensely strengthened through this ordeal. "Jesus saved my live," she declared. "Nothing is impossible for Him." She went on to movingly exhort those gathered, a mixture of Christ-followers and seekers, "When you have some problem, pray. If God doesn't do anything, keep praying. You cannot stop praying. Nothing is impossible for our God!"
Well, of course, words will only take you so far. To fully know what the Bhutanese-Nepali community of Wheaton, IL was trying to say to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit yesterday, you would need to be able to see the whirling and twirling, the bouncing and clapping, the smiling and laughing -- the dance. God is doing a special thing here. I was so glad to see it expressed like this yesterday. Please continue to uphold us in your prayers.