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Treasures Hidden

by | Aug 31, 2015 | Missions Articles

I have so many stories from the last several months of following Jesus in Mozambique and Nepal, but let me share one of the most recent that lingers clearest in my memory.The story begins my last full day in Nepal when we went to a Buddhist stupa (shrine), but began many months before then. Before arriving in Nepal, and even before leaving for Mozambique, during times of prayer, I saw a vision, twice, of Buddhist prayer flags flying in the wind against the sky.Fast forward and we were praying as a team where we should go pray for people in Kathmandu (either a Hindu temple or a a Buddhist shrine). We ended up at the Boudha stupa, which is one of the most significant Buddhist sites in the world, where we began our time on an adjacent rooftop worshipping Jesus and praying.

We set out walking around the stupa in small groups, and the Holy Spirit began to guide us to certain people with whom to talk. Filled with love and compassion, we stopped for a man who was begging and missing a limb. While praying for him, a crowd began to gather, curious and drawn to the display of Jesus’ heart for a person most people ignore.After praying for the man, one of the team started talking with a young, educated Nepalese man who needed physical healing, which lead to healing of both body and soul as his eyes were opened to the realness of Jesus. Then a whole Holy Spirit chain reaction ensued:Buddhist grannies started to point us towards others who needed prayer. Right before we had to leave, another man came up who had pain in his lungs, and as we prayed he started to cough and his face filled with surprise and then wonder as he laughed at the pain that had disappeared.I am changed forever, always, with just one glimpse of the beauty of Jesus, expressed through love and compassion. There ashes turn to beauty and treasure emerges.

Caitlin Stiefel

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