Imagine walking seven days to reach your destination. Then imagine that your purpose in going there was not for your own pleasure, comfort, or gain, but to bring the most precious treasure in the world to people who live in that remote place.

For the indigenous missionaries working in the Himalayas, walking is the only way to reach the very remote villages, so they do it. To be a missionary in those parts, you have to be willing to give up everything for the call of God. There is danger, fierce opposition, and little support. For this reason Philemon and Elishiba Chhetri prayerfully choose the people who work with their mission.

Astonishingly, there have been 127 church plants since 1990, and a Bible school was established in 2002.

The Chhetris were in Manitoba in July. While here, they spoke at four different church services, and connected with believers in many different settings. In conversation they shared about the challenges and opportunities of their ministry.

In preparation for the visit of Philemon & Elishiba Chhetri, the staff at AIM took some time to reflect on Romans 1: 11-12: “For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Our prayer was that they would be encouraged by the faith among us and the believers here in Canada.

While we pray that the Chhetri’s were built up during their stay here in Canada, we also were built up and encouraged; not only were their stories inspiring, but also the gentle and humble spirit that they displayed. It was a great blessing to have them walk with us for three weeks.

posted Fall 2008
Advancing Indigenous Missions 2013