Early in the morning, the sun rises on a tiny village in Himachal Pradesh, India. As he has done every morning for the last 20 years, Pastor Ram Lal wakes and prepares to visit the villagers. When Pastor Ram first dedicated his life to Christ, he was the only believer in this village. Since then, he has been working to share the gospel with his neighbors, gradually establishing a small congregation.
Pastor Ram exits his house and begins his hike into the village. Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous area–“in the lap of the Himalayas”–and the breathtakingly narrow trail to the village runs alongside an 80-degree cliff. There are no guardrails here, and one misstep could send him tumbling over 650 feet into the valley below.
Yet step by cautious step, Pastor Ram puts his faith in his Savior–his blind faith–that he will reach the village and minister to another lost soul.
For, you see, Pastor Ram has been completely blind since birth.
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2 Cor. 5:1,6-7
But Pastor Ram’s faith isn’t simply limited to his safety on the cliffside. He believes that one day, every person in his village will come to know Jesus Christ–in an area where people have worshiped Hindu gods for thousands of years.
ICM just built a church for Pastor Ram’s congregation in Himachal Pradesh. It was dedicated in May.