My Testimony of Nepal Missions Trip: Winter 2012
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).”
Philippians 2:9-11 was one of the multiple Bible passages, along with thirty-six identities we have in Christ, Pastor JM had us memorize before we left for Nepal. Coming into the church only a few months ago as the new intern pastor, I was so excited to finally go to a New Philly missions trip. I had been listening to the podcasts for several months before I came and I still couldn’t believe I was going to a New Philly missions trip! I was ready to see amazing physical and emotional healings, salvations, signs and wonders! I felt like I had read and heard about so many testimonies of His power but I finally wanted to see and experience it for myself. My prayer going into Nepal was for God to increase my faith and expectation so that I may see Him move in a powerful way. I knew our God is a big God but I didn’t want to put Him in a box, even if that box was really, ridiculously big. Another expectation I had prayed about was for God to show me powerful healings on this trip, specifically the lame walking.
One constant quality our team carried with us wherever we went was an unshakable JOY. Out of all the missions trips I went to before, Nepal was probably where I felt the most comfortable and at peace all the time. Our supporters and church’s prayers along with Pastor JM and Sky’s amazing leadership, made the team feel so covered and safe. No one on our team ever complained and always remained positive. Even with the constantly cold beds, rooms, and running water, our team did an amazing job laying down our rights with a cheerful heart. Speaking over ourselves the identities we have in Christ helped us stand firm in faith, claiming that we are “clothed with God’s grace” and “filled with God’s joy.” Even if our stomachs were not in the best condition or we were playing “chicken” with cars on a single lane for eight-hours of non-stop bumpiness, there is power in the Name of Jesus that reminded us that Satan CANNOT steal our joy. He was not the one who gave it to us, therefore he can not take it from us; it was never his to begin with.
Another quality we possessed, was the AUTHORITY we carried everywhere we went. As we visited Buddhist and Hindu temples, we saw how weak the enemy really was. One of the most popular Hindu temples in all of Nepal once had a gold roof but was now only covered by a gold-colored paint because someone had stolen it! We also saw many stone monuments with eyes painted on them as the result of a poor attempt to bring life to the very dead idols. After praying against these spiritual strongholds, Pastor Myungwha recited Psalms 135:15-18 saying,
“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
While praying against these spiritual strongholds, we were reminded that in Jesus’ Name, we are more than conquerors, fearless, untouchable and seated with God in the heavenly places.
At one of our youth revivals, “RAIN” fell on the people, healing, delivering and baptizing them in the Name of Jesus without a single person laying hands. There were a few testimonies of the people who said they actually tangibly felt the rain. Praise God! After Pastor JM preached and the “rain” fell, he told us to lay hands and pray for the congregation. We were praying simple prayers of blessings and grace. As people were being ministered to, falling or crying as we laid hands on them, I saw the most powerful demonstration of power in Jesus’ Name in my life. As I prayed for showers of grace to rain on a middle-aged woman in Jesus’ Name, she suddenly made a gagging motion and vomited into the scarf she was wearing. After saying Jesus’ Name one more time, the same thing happened…yup, it was something demonic.
I had heard of demonic manifestations before but had never seen it with my own eyes. Immediately I started to command the demonic spirit to be broken off and leave. As I found Pastor Myungwha and told her to finish the deliverance to follow missions protocol, I surprisingly felt such a peace and authority inside. I was only speaking the NAME of JESUS, and the enemy was deathly afraid.
At the end, we decided to pray for the whole congregation as they went through a tunnel we made for the native Nepalese to receive prayers of blessings as they walk through; or a fire tunnel. When we were almost done, there was a sudden traffic jam that had stopped the line from moving. An elderly lady was barely able to walk through and needed assistance by one of our teammates, Eunice. After she walked through the tunnel, she asked Eunice (who asked me to join her) to pray for healing over her hands from all pain and discomfort. After we prayed, she said the pain was completely gone and asked us to pray for her knees that also had pain and discomfort. After praying, the same thing happened. However, she said that although the pain was now gone, her knees had locked up, a common recurrence for her. After hearing that, Uncle BP (a Nepalese pastor we partnered with), told the elderly lady to run in the “Name of Jesus” on the count of three. After Uncle BP said “Three,” she sprinted as fast as she could! After seeing her run faster than any Korean ahjumah I’ve ever seen in the subway cut in front of me, all I could say was “Hallelujah,” constantly thinking what power there is in the Name of Jesus.
I always knew there was power in the Gospel and assumed there was power in the Name of Jesus but had never seen it to this degree. I’m so thankful looking back that God has exceeded every expectation of mine and answered every prayer requests I had going into Nepal, through the simple revelation that there is “Power in the Name of Jesus!” Truly Jesus is “exalted to the highest place and given the Name above every Name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”