It all began with a conversation with my brother Steve about 8 or 9 years ago. He asked a very thoughtful question about the fairness of God. We were on a long road trip from Texas to NC in a rented U-Haul truck towing a VW van, being brothers and discussing life. The question of Jesus came up. We talked about the Bible and the history and hipocracy of the church, intelligent design, ethics, the resurrection, historical reliability of the Bible and the fairness of God. Steve asked the question, "If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the guy whose never heard living on a mountain in Nepal?" Now in seminary I learned all kinds of theological and philosophical answers to this. But sometimes those answers, though based in truth and sound reason, just don't meet us at our human level. I thought about his question for while and decided that I wouldn't give him the seminary answer. I decided I'd give him the answer that I beleive Jesus wanted me to give. I decided to go find that guy on the mountain in Nepal. So with 6 good friends in 2002 I went there and we found that guy and a bunch more like him. And while we were seeing the most beautiful country I have ever seen, trekking a hundred miles or so, we found people that were hungering for God. So the theological answers to troubling questions are necessary, but action oriented answers to these questions are just as powerful maybe more so. God does love every single human on this planet and He finds ways of getting the news to them, even if its a small group of people from NC.
So this year in May the journey continues. I am joining another group of friends to go back to Nepal to carry good news there. We are also taking a medic with us and we'll treat injuries and illness. The last time we were there we met a guy on the trail that had a 5" gash on his foot from an ax wound. It was badly infected. Luckily we had a high speed med kit and Grant, our "Doc", was able to treat the wound. In remote areas of the Himalayas wounds like that can be fatal. We are also visiting friends there to encourage them and yes we'll probably find some "guys on the side of the mountain"
Maybe you'd like to help us go. And to be quite honest we need help. I know everyone can't do a trip like this. I know jobs and life prohibit many from going, but you can be a part of the adventure by being the one who sends us. If you'd like to help we've set up a tax deductible way for you to partner with us. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to assist us.
Thank you so much for reading this and pray for us as we go.