Into the misty Himalayan foothills he goes. Five hours on a windy, perilous, bumpy road take him to this beautiful town called Lamjung. Today he journeys beyond this town, deep into the village where he’ll sleep in the same conditions as the people he serves. A LandRover-style truck and his fearless driver will safely get him across a rushing river without a bridge. Together they’ll hang off the sides of a few cliffs, leaning to one side of the vehicle because it may help. Mostly for piece of mind. Then, he’ll hit the hills on foot and trek the final distance, avoiding leeches where possible. Finally, he will be greeted by smiling Nepali strangers waiting to welcome him with a lei of marigolds which they’ll place around his neck. They’ll take him to a community center, probably the local school where they will sit in a circle on cushions on the cold concrete floor to chat about how their children are fairing. They will drink a delicious spiced milk tea called chia that will warm their hands and insides. As their tea cups slowly empty, Phil will be hopeful for words of truth. How are they really doing?
Phil doesn’t come in as their Savior. He comes in as an encourager. He visits to grow in understanding, not to provide three step solutions. He meets with his team who serves in this community daily, to help them grow and to inspire them to carry on. He teaches principles of servant leadership. Reminds them of truth. He challenges. Trusts. And serves them. Where they are. Near Everest, literally and figuratively. Relying on Christ’s strength. To be a light in the world. For God’s glory.
Just thought you may like a little glimpse into his world and work. He’ll bring home photos of his trip soon. Please pray that we would remain faithful to the work God has for us here and now. Thank you for caring!