“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor 3:17)
We are thankful for the mission teams from Singapore that have helped organise and conduct annual youth camps that have brought together the youths in the Methodist Church in Nepal (MCN) to fellowship, study Scripture and pray. We learnt much from them and have established wonderful relationships.
As part of empowering our youths, Wesley Bardan Methodist Church (WBMC) tasked my cell group and me to plan, organise and conduct the Youth Camp last October. We were excited to be given this opportunity and wanted to do something different to help our youths in their spiritual walk as well as bring the gospel to other unreached youths.
We realised from the onset that we should not focus on what we wanted to achieve, nor on our own might and power, but on the Spirit of God (Zech 4:6).
For two months, we met on Friday nights to fast and do overnight prayer vigils. We sought God’s direction and the revealing of His plans, and received His word from 2 Corinthians 3:17, which established our theme for the camp: “Freedom in Christ”.
We realised that there is a need for the youths in our predominantly Hindu environment to understand and live their lives knowing that they have freedom in Christ, and not the worldly freedom that they are used to—that “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
The Youth Camp ministered to 80 youths, from our MCN churches as well as pre-believers. It was more than our target of 60, affirming that God is the Lord of the harvest. A pre-believer who attended the Youth Camp was very reserved at first. Through his participation in the various activities, which included prayer and spontaneous worship sessions, he experienced the love of God and is now attending our church and my cell group regularly.
Together, we are following up with the pre-believing youths from the camp. We pray that God will continue to touch their lives and those of their families.
Richard Lepcha worships in Wesley Bardan Methodist Church, Kathmandu, where he leads the worship team and his cell group. He is in his second year of BA studies at the local university.
Photos courtesy of Richard Lepcha