The average elevation of these mountains is more than 20,000 feet and hosts 10 out of 14 of the world’s highest peaks. The Himalayan mountains are home to the famous Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain above sea level.
What is one to do when faced with the challenge of spreading the Gospel to the native peoples living in and among these mountains? Our national overseer in Nepal recently shared with me some of the challenges and the rewards he experiences when tackling this very challenge two to four times a year.
Public transportation is the form of travel most often used by Bishop Lama when doing field visits in the Himalayas. These vehicles are often old and in bad condition from going up and down the mountains, as the terrain is very rocky and steep. In one small vehicle, they will regularly pile 30 to 35 passengers inside and out, including the tops of the vehicles. The normal seating capacity is between eight to 10 people, which means, combined with the terrible road conditions and dangerous seating arrangement, many people can be injured from accidents.
On one occasion, the transport vehicle broke down, which meant that Bishop Lama and his ministry team had to hike to their destination. As there were no hotels or houses along the route, they slept in the jungle and fished for their evening meal. Bishop Lama said that when this happens, at minimum they walk 5 hours a day but have walked up to 16 hours a day.
I asked what motivates him