A little while ago, the leadership team from Gatlang Vineyard (the poorest and most remote Vineyard church in the world – situated at an altitude of 11,000 feet in northern Nepal!) decided they wanted to host a conference for the purpose of inviting people from the Himalayan Region Vineyard Churches to seek God and encounter the Holy Spirit together.
So, from October 22 to the evening of October 25th, 100 people from different Vineyards in the region gathered together with 200 local believers from Gatlang. Pastor Silas Rai from Namchi Vineyard, Sikkim was the main speaker and Alfred Bhutia from Pedong Vineyard was the speaker for the youth. Pastor Raju and Pastor Ben Bhutia from the Kathmandu and Siliguri Vineyards, respectively, were the cooks for the whole time. And Pastor Uddav and Noel Isaacs filled in the gaps and led and managed people when they got knocked to the floor by the Holy Spirit!
There were many special moments in the conference, but a definite highlight was that almost everyone who was sick got healed. Everyone got touched and filled by the Holy Spirit – it was the sort of environment which was reminiscent of the Toronto Blessing. The waves of the Spirit moved from one wall of our meeting place to another in a literally audible way. It was something that we haven’t experienced in many years, and we are so grateful for the ways people experienced Jesus and encountered him!