We drove about an hour through the twists and turns of the mountain roads to the capital city of Thimphu where we conducted two days of trai
Flying through the Himalayan Mountains to the small city of Paro, Bhutan - the only place with enough flat area in the entire country for an airport - was quite an experience. I got to view Mount Everest from 30,000 feet!
We drove about an hour through the twists and turns of the mountain roads to the capital city of Thimphu where we conducted two days of training for 18 participants from the entire nation. Representing a new era of ministry, most of these participants were between the ages of 18-25.
In Bhutan, it is illegal to build a church so all believers meet in homes. Our host explained to us that the concept of youth ministry didn't even exist in Bhutan up until a few years ago. Seeing the great potential, he switched focus from church planting to youth ministry. YouthHOPE (a ministry of NMSI) was invited to come train and encourage these young Christians to invest in youth ministry. We are in the process of planning a long-term relationship with our brothers and sisters in Bhutan and hope to eventually train trainers that can take up the cause of youth and young adults in their own country.
We are excited to hear of the impact that will come, what youth ministry shapes up to be in these home churches, and how the participants have had a positive impact on their peers and youth of their communities.