Expedition #1 started on June 17, 2018. I wish I could say that I started the trip fully prepared and well rested. In fact, I had mistaken the time of my outgoing flight. I thought it left at 3:30pm. It actually left at 3:30am. By God’s grace I checked my email and saw the reminder for it in time to get ready quickly and grab a taxi to the airport. This was the beginning of a pattern for this trip. I make a mistake -> The Lord gives grace -> things work out but not the way I envisioned.
1st Leg: Hong Kong
My purpose of going to HKG was pretty simple: Get a Chinese visa.
Spent three days in the city, mainly Kowloon.
Did some basic, free sightseeing in Kowloon and went to some museums.
Got my visa on the third day and set for Nepal the day after that.
2nd Leg: Kathmandu, Nepal
My purpose in KTM: Network for future ministry in Nepal.
Spent two weeks in Nepal, Kathmandu only.
Gained five contacts.
Tibetan ministry contact in rural Nepal.
Local church planting movement contact.
Local business poised for tent-making opportunity.
Local pastor and his staff.
Humanitarian NGO contact.
Left Nepal with some great contacts and the beginnings of many hopefully great relationships.
3rd Leg: Western China
Spent 18 days in China.
9 days were sent in bed extremely sick. Lost some serious water weight.
Visited both the border of Tibet and the foothills of the mountains south of the Gobi Desert.
Met with local missionaries and heard of their ministries. Got to pray for them and with them.
Learned quite a bit from these missionaries and hope to work with them in the future.
Returned to Taiwan: July 25, 2018. Exhausted and spent. Poured out but happy. About 15lbs lighter. Despite all this, I believe that Expedition #1 was a success. Networking is a difficult yet incredibly important part of missions.
Please pray for future ministry success on the Silk Road!