I am primarily an evangelist and teacher who travels around the world in apostolic ministry as God leads and enables me. In addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, I mentor our key partners to be more strategic and impactful for the Gospel in their countries and cultures, just as they continue to mentor me. I am relationally focused rather than program or project focused in ministry relationships and partnerships.
Dear Ministry Partners,
Thanks so much for the continued prayers that so many of you have been praying to the Father on behalf of our brother, Sangge. Also for the many emails Patt and I have been receiving asking about his healing process.
Once again, I am including the latest email from Sangge so you can hear his heart through his own words. As you will read and see from these latest pictures, even during his healing and convalescence, he is active in ministry.
Sharing Christ and leading Sherpas to salvation.
Sangee, Pema and a new believer going to a local river for baptism,
where Sangee has prayer for the Sherpa before his baptism service.
Pema must perform the baptism as Sangee cannot
get his wound wet.
Sangee, Pema and the new Sherpa believer rejoicing in the Lord
for this public profession of his faith in Christ.
My respected Dr. J L,
Fondest love and greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus.
First of all I want to give thanks to Lord Jesus Christ and you. Because I was in hospital before long time for treatment. I have been continuously dressing wound and my leg is become recover soon.
Finally today the Hospital do discharge me but the doctor told me you will come for dressing every 2 days. Therefore I will stay here few days more.
It is good for you to know another good news. A long time ago I was sharing gospel with a Sherpa. That time he has accepted Lord. Good thing is he has called me and he told me I want to take baptism. I answer him you can take and then me and my brother Pema Sherpa planted and pray for new seed of baptism. We had decided to give baptism today near Lukla hospital. We gave baptism today. Since my leg is not completed recover, therefore I went to baptism place and pray after Pema gave baptism. In this way Pema was continuously help me when I was fell down on the way.
After receiving the above email and pictures from Sangge, I asked him to send me a current photograph of his wound to see how it is healing. As you can see, it is healing well, thanks to a combination of good medical attention bathed in prayer! While he will have a lifelong scar on his leg, he should soon be able to fully function in ministry.
Thanks again for your prayers for Sangge. Please continue to pray for a full recovery so he can be back “on the front lines” for the Lord in the high Himalayas! He and his brother, Pema, are literally taking the Gospel where it has never been taken before. And as seen in the previous baptism pictures of a Sherpa, the Gospel still has the power to transform lives – whether in the lowest valleys or highest mountains!
In His Healing love,
Dear Praying Partner,
In answer to all of our prayers, Sangge has safely arrived in Lukla. He arrived on horseback just before dark Tuesday evening and spent the night with friends. Since the small hospital in Lukla did not open until the following morning at 9:00 AM, he could not have his first medical check-up before then. We trust that he is undergoing medical treatment now and we do not know any further details of his diagnosis. Nor do we know yet if we will need to fly him on to Kathmandu for further and better treatment. We will keep you updated as we get more information.
Once Sangge arrived in Lukla, he was able to send me these pictures from his 3-day trip – mostly on horseback. Through them you can see some of the challenges of trekking or riding from where he was to Lukla – especially when the snow fell in the higher elevations.
Below is his brief email to me with the pictures. I am sending it to you basically as he wrote it. As you read it, remember that English is not his mother tongue. But I think you will get the sense of what he shares through his broken “Nepali-English”…
My respected Dr J L,
I give thanks to Lord and you. Thank you very much for pray and help. God had sent me to remote village for evangelism and new church plant in this year. So i had moved from Lukla to there. It’s near my hometown. But unfortunate I was fell down on the way and my left leg is cut very big. Therefor all my plans is canceled. Than i was very disappoint. I had do pray few minutes. Then i had phone called with Pastor HANOK and Pastor GYAN and share everything. They has pray for me and share with you. Actually you have been LOVING me in my every step. I didn't contact with you because I didn’t get internet. Therefor Ps. HANOK and Ps. GYAN contact with you. Ps. HANOK and Ps. GYAN told me I have to go to Lukla by Helicopter. Then I had search but it was not possible because of heavy snowfall. So I came on horse today. I arrived in LUKLA just now. Today i will rest and tomorrow early morning I will go hospital. Specially thanks for you for the very big funds you send me. I will receive all that money and I will use for the my leg and ministry. Now i am sending some picture to you. (My note: The "very big funds" he is referring to is the initial $1,000 that we received from our partners, and that we have forwarded to him for his medical treatment in Lukla. We will send more as needed).
Sangee riding horseback over the treacherous mountain paths,
and following a horse caravan part of the way.
Passing the ever present Buddhist prayer flags, and crossing a gorge on a
At the higher elevations, the snowfall makes the horseback ride more dangerous,
and Sangee must walk and lead the horse on the snowy downhill paths where it
is too risky to ride.
Leading the horse, and limping on his injured leg. Passing more Buddhist prayer
flags along the way.
These Buddhist prayer flags are graphic visible symbols of why Sangee goes
to these remote villages to share Christ. At right, a much needed
rest stop on his way to Lukla.
Sangee stops to rest his injured and swollen left leg.
Resting for the night before continuing on to Lukla.
As we were going to press, we received the following email from Hanok, as well as pictures of Sangee’s initial treatment in the Lukla Hospital:
Thank you JL, I have talked with Sangge this evening. He is going through treatment now in Lukla and fortunately there is no damaged part in the bone or shin except scratch on some inner parts of it. But at the time when he fell off, and major part of the flesh peel off and several hairs of the shinbone pushed inside the flesh. Doctor has been trying to get those hairs out from inside wound. They have put some medicines inside to get those hairs out. He further told me that he will need to have injection everyday for a couple of days and been on strong antibiotic medicine right from today. The doctors said he would need to be in the hospital for at least the next 4 days.
Sangee's medical treatment in Lukla.
Thanks again saints, for helping “pray him through” to Lukla. I will send a further report later after we receive more information from his hospitalization. Continue to pray with us for a good recovery without complications so he can soon get back to his calling to evangelize and plant churches in the high Himalayas!
In His Healing Love,
PS: I have not included the close-up pictures of the wound on his leg as they are not easy to look at. But for those who have an interest or medical background and who would like to see them, please click here.
Dear Praying Partners,
I had hoped to be able to send you a report today saying that Sangge had safely reached Lukla on horseback – but that is not the case. I have just received this email below from Pastor Hanok (underlining mine for attention and emphasis):
“JL, just had a long conversation with Sangge. He and his family arrived in Thamdanda, and will spend night there today. He said he feels less pain during the daytime and pain in the night. He will be arriving in Paiya, tomorrow by 11am, and will have his lunch there. This is the very place, where we stopped and spent a night during my visit to Kharikhola last year with Pastor Gyan. It is the very place where we have taken pictures of Sangge, Gyan and me. In the background of the pictures you can see a white snowed cap range of Himalayas.
This place remains pretty muddy even during the wintertime with extremely cold weather. Sangge will have a couple of people coming to Thamdanda from Paiya to get him and his family to help them. The reason is that, as he starts first part of their journey in the morning, he will have to walk 3 to 4 hours continually in the snow so will need helping hands. He will have to get off the horse and walk slowly with others holding him. There is no other alternative way to get to Paiya from Thamdanda. This is the only way to get there.
As he gets in Paiya around 11am, several believers will be waiting to meet him and his wife and will have a time of fellowship there. Sangge told me that there are five households in Paiya that he reached for Christ in the past years and have a small fellowship there. Sangge further told me that he will be reaching in Lukla by 4 to 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday).
He will meet some of his believers, in Surke, a place near by Lukla, and have a few believers there for help and fellowship. As I know, from my last trip to Kharikhola, he will have to cross a couple of tough and treacherous trails tomorrow. Thank you for all that you have been doing to inform your partners to pray for him.
Thank you. More soon. Hanok"
Below are a few pictures I pulled from our files from this trip last year that Hanok refers to in his email. I hope it will help you visualize in your mind something of the challenges that Sangge, his wife, child and horse are facing right now. But paint it all white with deep snow for the real picture!
Hanok & Gyan trek in to see Sangee and his work high in the Himalayan mountain
villages. Along the way, they passed horses and people carrying building materials,
which is why building here costs 6-7 times more than in the valleys.
Hanok with Sangee at the "top of the world" - the very place where Sangee is
trekking now, injured, through snow.
I will send you another report once he reaches Lukla safely. Until then, keep praying for their safe travels over those “tough and treacherous trails” that Hanok referred to …
PS: We are especially grateful to those of you who have given for Sangee’s medical expenses. Right now, because of your generosity, we think we have enough to take care of his first hospitalization and medical care in Lukla. If we have to fly him on to Kathmandu for better treatment, we will let you know.
Dear Praying Partners,
God bless the ones of you who have been praying and giving for our dear brother, Sangge, in his time of medical crisis. So MANY of you have been emailing us daily to assure us of your prayers and asking about the progress of getting him evacuated to Lukla or Kathmandu for emergency treatment. After several phone calls from Kathmandu yesterday/Sunday with Pastor Hanok and also multiple emails, here is the most current information we have on Sangge:
Once he gets to Lukla and checks into the small hospital there, we should be able to finally get some pictures from him for a further update. Until then, please continue to pray “Epaphras prayers” on his behalf (Col. 4:12).
Below are several pictures from my time with Pastor Hanok, Pastor Gyan and Pastor Sangge in Kathmandu when we were having an evening of fellowship and strategy meeting for the on-going ministry in the high Himalayas. Also, pictures from a meeting between Sangge, Pala Tshering and Yacob, discussing the distribution of their literature and solar Bibles among the Tibetan speaking Sherpas, most of whom are Tibetan Buddhist.
Enjoying a meal of Dal Bhat in Pastor Hanok's home, the Barnabas Villa,
with Pastor Caleb, Hanok, Pastor Gyan, and Pastor Sangge (right),
and discussing evangelistic strategy for EBCO (Everest Base Camp Outreach).
Sangee with Tibetan materials to share among the Sherpas. At right, Yacob and
Pala discussing their Tibetan literature with Sangee on a recent visit to Kathmandu.
Thanks again for your continued prayers for this historic pioneer partnership, taking the Gospel all the way to the “top of the world."
Dear Praying Partners,
Thanks SO MUCH for your continued focused prayers for our dear friend, brother and partner, Pastor Sangge Sherpa! Since I sent out the URGENT prayer blast email in his behalf, we have received SO MANY responses from our partners assuring us that you were praying. I want to assure you that your prayers are going where you and I could never go – literally to the very “top of the world!”
I had hoped to be able to send you a picture or two of Sangge, but because they are in such a high and remote area, there is no phone or Internet service. So let me summarize what I know to date from Pastor Hanok and Pastor Gyan, who are Sangge’s spiritual overseers and are in touch by phone.
Sangge and Pema Sherpa ... physical and spiritual brothers in ministry.
Sangge teaching the word to a newly planted church in the
high Himalayas, and baptizing a new believer in the cold mountain streams.
Patt and I see this is but the latest spiritual salvo from the evil one who wants to stop the Gospel from reaching these people! That is why Sangge’s recovery is of utmost importance for the kingdom of God! The goal of EBCO is to step into those lost geographical people groups, and to destroy the strongholds of Satan with the power of the Gospel!
So keep on praying, and we will continue to update you as we get more information ...
JL & Patt
PS: LATEST UPDATE: We have just heard that to evacuate Sangee from his remote village location to Lukla via helicopter flight will cost between $500-600. So we covet your prayers for God’s provision in this. Should more funding come in, we will direct it for his medical treatment and stay in the hospital in either Lukla or Kathmandu.