Over the past year I tried to schedule my CCMP 3 different times for 4 different countries. Each trip started out as a dream ministry opportunity, and then God would shut the door tightly. And in March when the door closed on a country in North Africa I was starting to sweat it. Since I graduate in December, I had to go on a trip by this summer! All the while I was confused and a little frustrated, wondering why God would close doors on opportunities He knew I was willing to take. Little did I know a month later I would be planning my trip to Nepal.
My husband, Steven, took time off work to go with me. This would be our first time to Nepal though we had heard a lot about the work Mountain Child (the organization we worked with in the country) was doing and had met the founder. We were excited to go on the trip and bought our plane tickets on April 22. Three days later the first major earthquake hit. It was a 7.8 magnitude killing over 9,000 people and leaving thousands more displaced from damaged or destroyed homes. Suddenly, all the doors God had closed over the past year made sense.
Steven is a structural engineer. Just this past November he and I went to Colorado for an eMi (Engineering Ministries International) conference where he was trained for earthquake disaster relief. God’s sovereignty had been working behind the scenes the entire time. God knew I needed to complete my CCMP. God knew Steven’s heart for earthquake disaster relief. God knew the earthquake was coming. In God’s incredible love and sovereignty, our trip to Nepal became about so much more than fulfilling an obligation for graduation. Our trip became about being a part of God’s plan to bring relief in Nepal after the devastation of the earthquake. God had a plan for disaster relief before the disaster even hit, and He was organizing all along. Steven assessed 30+ houses, apartments, and businesses while we were there, including a human trafficking rescue business, a children’s rescue home, an IMB missionary’s business and more. We were able to go into more homes and meet more people than we would have if this were a normal trip. And as we visited each place for assessment we were able to share the love of Jesus through prayer, Bible devotions, and fellowship. God’s sovereignty and love guided and planned this trip and our faith and love have grown from seeing His mighty work unfold!