November 19, 2006 Matthew

Mount Meili Mission Trip

Tibet's holiest mountain

Tibet’s holiest mountain

The prayers are prevailing! Matt Donohue’s arm has feeling again!
Thanks so much for those prayers, keep bringing those requests to God–remember it takes persistence. As Isaiah said, “Keep not silence…give God no rest…”

I’d like to now share the details of the mission in China I will be on in December.

Near the town of Deqin, deep in the Yunnan province of China there is a mountain called Mt. Meili. There are 13 holy mountains in Tibet and Meili is regarded as the number one holy mountain. At the beginning of every winter Tibetans from all over make a pilgrimage to and around this mountain (a trek around it would take about 20 days) to pray to the god of the mountain believed to be a prince named ‘Kawagebo’ for a good future. For many Tibetans this is the most important thing in their life, because they believe if they can make one trek, then they will get a lifetime of peace and security, and if they can do the trek three times in their life they will get to go to the ‘paradise’ after this life. But we know, that there is no hope in this life of attaining peace–be it now, or in the hereafter–except through Jesus the Messiah. (Known as ‘Mashika’ in the Tibetan language). For all our works, no matter how ‘good’ are at best as dirty rags before God. And Jesus’ own finished work is our only hope.

I am expecting to meet many of these pilgrims and likely I won’t have enough gospels or tracts to give to them. We have 30 gospels of Luke, and 65 tracts in the Tibetan language. And the Passion of Christ on my laptop which I may get to show only once due to battery power. If you have donations for literature, let us know! Upon arriving in Deqin, a trip will be arranged to trek to the mountain, though not around it. We’ll be hiring a guide/translator also (hopefully a Tibetan one). On the way we will likely get to stay with villagers in their homes in one of any number of small villages. Then it would be mostly trekking and camping. At the mountain we will do our own worshiping and praying along with the pilgrims–we’ll have a guitar with us which is sure to attract multitudes.

Our route takes us from Kunming to Dali to Lijiang to Zhongdian (aka Shangri-La) and then to Deqin and the mountain and back.

Pray for us:
that we would be safe and warm…
that God would ‘make seeing eyes blind’ so that our gifts will go unnoticed…
that we will find a good Tibetan guide…
that we would be granted many divine appointments…
that we would be spared the sickness which I seem to get everytime I go to Asia…
that we would be granted all the necessary providence…
that we would be spiritually protected…Mr. Kawagebo is sure to hate our presence…

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