Dispatches from Nepal

| December 10, 2014

The missionary from North Dakota arrived safely in Kathmandu but then came down with a mild case of despair. The timing of his visit landed him in the midst of the autumn feast of Diwali, which honors the Hindu goddess of light and wealth. The annual celebration signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair. 

Michael Heitland should be getting used to the cultural divide between East and West. He travels to the South Asian country of Nepal on a regular basis as the director of Equipping Saints for Ministry (ES4M). But maybe there was something in the air during that week of bright lights, fireworks, and singing.

“This is nothing short of the prince of the power of the air,” Heitland observed. “Satan, masquerading as an angel of light.” From Nepal he posted regular dispatches to ES4M’s website and mentioned 2 Corinthians 11:14–15 as one of several scriptures that helped him understand and combat the despair he felt. 

ES4M teams make four to five trips yearly to countries where theological famine is prevalent. In Nepal they work with several partner organizations that come together for Mission Nepal, which includes pastoral training…

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