He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself, the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” ~ Mark 4:26-19
The Himalayan village of Sky Cliff is both physically and spiritually remote. The nearest Christ follower or church is a two day hike away. And those believers speak a different language from that of Sky Cliff! These precious people, however, are on God’s heart.
In the spring of 2018, Beyond missionaries made the trek into Sky Cliff in order to share the good news of Christ. While there, Beyonders gave two young men a Bible and taught them the principles of Discovery Bible Study (DBS). When they returned in the fall they were pleased, but not surprised, to meet two others from that village who wanted to know more about Jesus.
That’s part of the beauty of DBS – reproducibility. Right from the start seekers are taught to obey and to share what they have learned from scripture.
For remote villages like Sky Cliff there is further good news. DBS acknowledges that the Holy Spirit is the teacher. This is key when there is no regular contact with a Christian. Further discipling, coaching or leadership will likely be needed, but the spiritually hungry need not wait to be fed by “qualified” teachers. The Holy Spirit teaches them as they immerse themselves in scripture.
Praise God with us for the way God is moving in remote villages. Pray that a movement of disciple making would sweep through these mountainous regions calling all hearts home to God.