INCARNATIONAL MINISTRY:
An Example from Nepal

By Pastor D

False religions abound and are proliferating. How can you tell the true from the false? There are many false prophets in the world. We know Jesus is fully God and fully man. The acid test of a true prophet revolves around the recognition that Jesus is God in the flesh. We are linking with indigenous leaders and their missions who are crystal clear regarding this central teaching of the Bible. "This is the way to find out if they have the Spirit of God: If a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ became a human being, that person has the Spirit of God" (1 John 4:2).

The book of John is the Gospel for everyone. Voluntarily the very God of creation became a man. "In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and He was God. He was in the beginning with God, and He was God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that He didn’t make. Life itself was in Him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it" (John 1:1-5).

The Beloved Apostle records on his scroll with the total awe of an eye witness. "So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father" (John 1:14). Jesus embodied the tabernacle of the Old Testament. The glory of God descended and manifested Himself to the Israelites day by day. Jesus lives in us in such a way that the glory of the incarnation is seen in His tabernacle today on earth, His Church.

The water was transformed into wine. "This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was Jesus' first display of His glory. And His disciples believed in Him" (John 2:11). Throughout the Gospel of John the glory of Jesus is declared over and over again.

How could the Jewish religious leaders grasp what Jesus could possibly mean? "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:19). After His crucifixion, death and resurrection the precise meaning of our glorious Saviour was made clear to His disciples. By "this temple," Jesus meant His body. After He was raised from the dead, the disciples remembered that He had said this. And they believed both Jesus and the Scriptures (John 2:21, 22).

To walk with indigenous mission leaders is to observe and to begin to fathom the manifestation of Jesus at work and the proliferation of the Gospel in completely different settings. Jesus is making Himself known. He is manifested in true humility with striking impact. "We have all benefited from the rich blessings He brought to us – one gracious blessing after another" (John 1:16).

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Nepal has seen it all in the 18 short years since the inception of Advancing Indigenous Missions in 1999! The royal family which had ruled the kingdom for hundreds of years was shot and killed overnight. For many years the Maoist trained and equipped terrorists threatened to draw the entire country into chaos. A minority Communist government was elected that was unable to draw up an acceptable constitution for a long period of time. An embargo from neighbouring India ground the entire economy to a halt. Recently earthquakes and tremors have reduced massive and minute buildings alike in four heavily populated districts to rubble and villages to utter vulnerability. Now flooding from deluges from the sky, begs for a massive response to these weakened and unprotected millions.

Anything that the Nepalese people might have considered foundational in their lives in this landlocked nation has been shaken. It is perhaps no wonder why the people of this country have been so open to the message of the Gospel. The multiplication of the church – which may be the fastest growing one in the world – and the simultaneous undulations of major life factors, are no coincidence.

The message of the cross has been borne on the backs of faithful messengers. These emissaries are single minded in their focus to present Christ to the teeming millions without hope and without God in the world. In the manner of their Saviour and Lord, they too have denied themselves and have assumed the role of the obedient servant in order to identify with the ones they are seeking to reach. Their confidence comes not from what they find in themselves or in this world but in Christ who died and gave himself up for them

We have written over the years of prominent leaders in Nepal who exemplify incarnational ministry, such as Philemon & Elishiba Chhetri. It is beautiful for us to see this taking place in the lives of those that they are discipling. Habil is one such servant leader. It is not uncommon for him to be away from home 20 - 25 days per month in order to mentor, provide pastoral care and teach the many believers which have emerged. His otherworldly foundation in Christ is evidenced in the confidence he brings to his daily sacrificial service to his people group. Not long ago, Habil donated some of his own land to believers who had lost everything so that they could once again establish a home.

These faithful messengers who are identifying with those around them are seeing the power of God in their work. Christ is displaying His glory through the message on their lips and through the example of their lives.


posted on Sept 14, 2017
Advancing Indigenous Missions 2017