My Brief Testimony:
I am Amos Gurung. I
have to divide my life into three divisions: (1) I was born in Gumda
village of the Gorkha district in the Northwest part of Nepal. My
home town is located at an altitude of 3500 m, which is many miles
above the Kathmandu valley and 3 days walk by foot from last bus
I am from both a farming and a military (Gurkhas)
background. As a shepherd boy, I grew in the Himalayan region which
is decorated by natural beauties, such as snowcapped mountains, green
hills, white water falls, lush jungles with many kinds of flora and
fauna. As the son of an ex-military man, I was sent at least once or
twice a week to a poor elementary school. After a while, I was able
to move to another school. In such conditions, I was born and grew
up: there was neither electricity nor transportation facilities.
Still there was no electricity and convenient transportation, many
young people like me and the new generation live under the bondage of
illiteracy and oppression?spiritually, physically and intellectually…
just as I was. By God’s grace, somehow, my parents showed me the
good way in difficulty and traditional-cultural barriers.
When I accepted our Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior,
it changed the direction of my life. Before that I was an idol
worshipper along with our local society and community. Our society is
animistic and shamanistic with an influx of Buddhism and Hinduism.
When I was very young, I had a great desire to become a great Shaman
in order to defend ourselves from the devil. Its influence was there
even in those days. Of course, my father's dream was to make me a
soldier and it was mine as well. But God’s dream and thoughts are
different and far greater than ours. So, what I thought I wanted to
be, I am not but I am just a simple servant of the Lord. During the
transitional period, I faced various kinds of persecution from my own
relatives and society. It was a great challenge. While I was in
Seminary in Kathmandu, our newly built church building and
believers’ houses were destroyed to rubbles?to the very foundation?
and some houses were put on fire. Yet God was with us and we were
(3) Now, I am here not because I am good and great
but as a thoughtless person in order to be molded and made into a
thoughtful person by being trained and equipped through God’s
servants. I have been in this school for several years. I enjoy the
multi-cultural, multi-ethnic group of people from around the world.
In one sense, it is an example of heaven because people from almost
the whole world are here to study God’s Word. I can see that the
administration management is improving every year and more qualified
professors are coming in. I love this community where the
relationship between professors and students are just like parents
and children as well as between two good friends. Without hesitating,
we can ask any kind of question, any time and anywhere. I have not
experienced students' demonstration against school and professors but
rather I have seen gratitude and thanks. That is why I really enjoy
and personally recommend this school to anyone who can come and study?
no matter what denominational background you are coming from. This is
the place where someone can find his/her life partner that God
prepared for. I enjoyed dormitory life which is no less than a king’
s palace but it will be good if the school could increase dormitory
space as student numbers are increasing.
My first impression was
of a huge congregation in Onnuri Church at Seobinggo. I thought they
were coming out from a movie theater just like in Nepal but movie
theaters are very small here in Korea just like churches in Nepal. My
second impression was the subways and wide road, especially the
tollgates. My third impression was that the people do not care what
others are doing and saying but so their own thing. My fourth
impression was that most Christian leaders were really exemplary:
elders and deacons cleaned bathrooms without hesitation. I also
observed that people were respectful to each other, the younger to
the older and so on. I love that greeting system even between two
friends. Mostly, people are kind and helpful but I did struggle to
adjust to the food and language.
First of all, glory be to God!
I thank God for opening door for me to study here in Korea and for
every provision of grace thus far. Actually, as a shepherd boy and
great sinner, I do not deserve such abundance of grace and blessing?
not even a little of the little. I sincerely thank those who
supported (sponsored) me and the school who is participating in God’
s vision and mission. Without your loving hand and heart, for me, it
is beyond the imagination. I thank to our Chair Person, Presidents,
Deans, professors and staff for their vision, love, help and care.
Because of them, although there were several difficulties and
hardship in foreign land, I could smile and could also see that
others were smiling. And I cannot stop my writing without thanking my
brothers and sisters in Christ, who are always more than friends.
Thank God for even though I am a poor I never lack daily bread as He
promised. Now, I am not a shamanist, which was what I wished for, but
rather a peacemaker and a person who dreams Jesus’ dream, a soldier
of Christ. I will go back to Nepal and my mission and vision will be
what God has assigned for me. (a) Pastoral Ministry will be the first
priority which includes preaching, teaching, nurturing and making
disciples, etc. (b) Teaching Ministry?as I am learning and being
equipped in sound theological doctrine, after I go back I will do the
same thing. (c) Evangelism in particularly reaching out to the
Himalayan and hilly regions’ people who are still living under the
power of darkness and bondage of illiteracy and under the oppression
of old traditions. If God is willing, I would like to open a shelter
and education center for the street's children who are parentless,
homeless, hopeless and have no privileges because of the bondage of
illiteracy. In short, Let the Lord of lords guide me in His own
Suggestion: - “Do not appreciate
that what you see directly by your own eyes but think & check it out
behind the curtain & then you will know the reality!”