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This post is by Jomesh, Youth Ministry Coordinator of the Himalayan Bible Study Academy in Nepal.

Eleven months ago, we, the youth ministry department of Himalayan Bible Study Academy were called to train youth leaders of the Tansen district. Tansen district is one of the districts out of 75 districts in Nepal, which situates in the west part of Nepal. It is about 275 kilometers west of the capital city Katmandu and takes 10 hours bus drive. We were asked to come and train their youth leaders during the rainy season. It is so risky to travel in Nepal during rainy season because there will be lots of landslides that will destroy highways and even cover buses.

Brother Samuel and I started our journey early in the morning from Katmandu. We booked our ticket in Micro-Bus which is faster than bigger buses. It was raining while we started our journey but we still moved on. After 5 hours, we were stuck in the place called Butwal because there was a huge landslide that took place recently. About 100 buses were stuck because of this landslide and there was no way to get across. It had smashed about 600 meters of the highway. We were stuck there for 8 hours. Then people started walking through that landslide even though it was still falling. It was so risky to make that decision because big stones and mud were still falling and anything could happen. But then we decided to walk because participants had already come from different churches.

We prayed but still with fear begun to walk. We were trembling. We would have to look up and walk to make sure stones wouldn’t fall upon us. We walked barefoot and stopped many times just to let the stones fall first. Wow! that was the most terrifying experience I ever had.

We made it. God helped us to get to the training location. There were 45 participants gathered from different churches and denominations of Tansen.

God was great that we could hold this training in the midst of all the risky challenges.

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