For the past few years, we’ve been taking groups from the States to areas in the mountains with hundreds of pockets of unengaged, unreached minority peoples. The trips are primarily Americans prayer walking through villages and areas they have “adopted”— praying continually, visiting regularly, partnering with locals, etc.
In 2016, we had an American leader come and want to see what this was all about and decide whether or not his congregation would get involved. We took him and some others high up in the mountains (14,000+ feet) in a very rural area where many of the villages consist of only a few homes. As they were driving through a village, the leader pointed west up another valley and asked what was up there. We hadn’t been that way before, so we didn’t know what was there. The leader, who was a very outdoorsy person, asked to be dropped off and allowed to hike up there by himself for the day. At the end of the day they picked him up, and he told them about his day, which hadn’t seemed too remarkable.
He said he had hiked, worshipped, and prayed up the valley. At one point he had been invited into a home. These people didn’t speak any English, and he didn’t speak their language, but they had a great time drinking tea together. He prayed for and blessed the home before he left. After the trip, he decided his congregation would adopt that valley.
The next summer, 2017, we were holding the semi-annual English camps which take place in our city for students from these mountain groups. One of the students, named Z, trusted in God during the camp. Afterward, he needed a ride back home, so one of our colleagues gave him a ride back to his very remote village. His home “happened” to be in the same remote valley, that had been adopted the summer before. And in fact, his home was exactly the same one that the leader had visited a year before! Z hadn’t been home that day in 2016, and didn’t meet the American leader. However, one year later, Z became the first believer in his valley.
By: Workers, Serving in Asia