Last week, I finished re-reading a biography of Sundar Singh, a missionary who dedicated his life to helping the people of northern India, Nepal, and Tibet see that Jesus Christ came for each and every one of them, that He was not a religion of the West but a living and loving God. He carried a Bible and a blanket and wore a simple robe. His story is a remarkable one, and I am challenged each time I read it. One of the details of his story always stands out to me. He was nicknamed the “apostle of the bleeding feet” because he crossed the Himalayas barefoot numerous times. Whenever I read the description of him walking barefoot, leaving blood-stained footprints in the snow, it reminds me of Jesus. His feet bled for me on the rocks of Calvary.
Sundar Singh was born in 1889 and died in 1929, but the mission to cross the Himalayas to reach every person living there with the message that Jesus came, bled, and died for them goes on. They must be told that Jesus died and rose again, even if it means crossing the Himalayas barefoot, or as is often the case, in flip flops. Can you imagine it? In our modern world, with all its luxuries, missionaries continue to cross the icy and rocky hills in flip flops because they don’t have the winter clothing they need.
Will you pray today for the missionaries working in this rocky region, that God would go before them, break up the soil of the hearts waiting to hear, and provide for their every need? You can read more about ways to pray for the people of Nepal or take a journey through Nepal with a Gospel for Asia field correspondent if you’d like to learn more.