I´m leading a project working with providing pastors in Nepal with deeper knowledge in the Bible and in theology. It is very meaningful and important. Until last Thursday I was so happy to have the opportunity to give knowledge about Gud to a church that´s just being born and developing in Nepal. Most of those who have found faith have done so for the past few years. It is always important with teachings on the Bible, but especially so in times of revival. With this on my mind, I have been going there with a team of competent and ardent Bible teachers. On our last trip we were three pastors and a minister(church of Sweden) training our pastor friends in the south of Nepal.
My Norwegian friend Jonny Maröy and I had to return home a few days earlier. Samuel Roberthson and Håkan Sunnliden staid on teaching for the remaining few days. Håkan´s major subject was Acts and the early Church. Samuel taught on the Old Testament prophets and their vision of the coming Messiah. Very good and important teaching.
On the way from Hetauda to the airport the unbearable happens. The car leaves the road and rolls down a precipice. There are four people in the car: Samuel, Håkan, our interpreter Daniel and the driver. Three of them were injured. Our dear young brother Samuel´s life, however, could not be saved. Only few days ago we were all together, teaching. Before my returning home Jonny had a meeting, where he taught from the book of Revelation chapter 4 on the worship in Heaven. Then we all worshiped and praised Jesus Christ together in Nepali, Norwegian and Swedish and some dialects. Heaven was open. We ended the meeting with an hour of personal prayer for each of the pastors and we also prophecied over them. Yes, in just a few days we became a close knit team. Then suddenly the chain is broken.
As for our driver, his injuries are light. Our interpreter Daniel has a broken leg. As I am writing this, Håkan has had surgery in his back and the the back of his neck. Kari and Håkan´s eldest son Victor has spent this night with us and he is now on his way to his dad in Kathmandu. We have just been told that Håkan will soon be transferred to New Dehli for further treatment.
A few words from Isaiah, the book that Samuel so ardently taught on, the last days of his life on earth:
"The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live". John 11: 25
We want to impress on you the importance of us all praying to God for Samuel´s family in their deep grief. And for healing and new strength for Håkan, Daniel and the driver – and their families. Thank you for your support.
In the assurance of Jesus being Lord even in days when the unbearable happens.