Growing up in the Christian faith, I wouldn’t say I’m unfamiliar with the term, ‘Promises of God’. We sing about it, hear it being preached, and even pray about it countless times. To me, the promises of God felt like an ideal destination - like, once I’m in that promise, I would have reached my highest point of success. But in recent times, I find myself asking these questions a lot:
“Does God really have a promise for me?”
“What exactly is this supposed promise I have to hold on to?”
“Will I ever live in the great plan God has for me?”
When the prayers you’ve been earnestly and desperately praying for a long time get just a, “Wait”, or worse, complete silence, it’s really hard to let the importance of this term settle into your heart.
This year was difficult, painful, and downright crappy in many ways. But I believe this was still a year of God’s goodness, not simply despite the overt chaos that has permeated it, but because of it. We need only to open our spiritual eyes to see beyond the physical, and get in touch with His heart.
On Sunday, 15th March, I woke up to a press release from MOE. It was the letter I was dreading: the official recall of all overseas students. My heart was flooded with mixed emotions. I felt relieved as the UK had a surge of Covid-19 cases and I no longer felt safe. But I also felt immense sadness as I was forced to leave this beautiful continent. I remember even asking God, “Did You not want me to get closer to you? Did You not want me to rest? Why are You doing this just as I started settling down in this foreign land?”
Below we share the stories of Naya & Liz (names have been changed for confidentiality purposes), who have given the past six years of their lives to serve the people of Nepal together as a team. We are honoured to have part of the proceeds of our Declaration Cards collaboration go towards supporting their work in Nepal.