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O, FOR THE FAITH OF A GURKHA

Tim Bowden, in his book One Crowded Hour, tells about an incident that happened in Borneo during the confrontation between Malaysia and Indonesia in 1964. A group of Gurkhas from Nepal were asked if they would be willing to jump from transport planes into combat against the Indonesians if the need arose. The Gurkhas had the right to refuse because they had never been trained as paratroopers.

Now the Gurkhas usually agreed to anything, but this time they provisionally rejected the plan. But the next day one of their Non-Commissioned Officers sought out the British officer who had made the request and said they had discussed the matter further and would jump but only under certain circumstances.

The British officer asked what those circumstances were. The Gurkhas told him they would jump if the land was marshy or reasonably soft with no rocky outcrops, because they were inexperienced in doing something like this. The British officer considered this, and said the dropping area would probably be over the jungle and there would be no rocky outcrops. That seemed all right so he asked if there were anything else.

"Yes," said the Gurkhas. They wanted the plane to fly as slowly as possible and no more than one hundred feet high. The British officer pointed out that planes always flew as slow as possible when dropping troops, but to jump from one hundred feet was impossible. The Gurkhas wanted to know why? The British officer explained that the parachutes would not have time to open at that low of a height.

The Gurkha leader was a bit surprised and said, Oh, that's all right then. You didn't mention parachutes before. We'll jump with parachutes, anywhere!"

The church could use people with Gurkha-like faith. If we would simply trust and obey what the Lord wants and let Him take care of the rest, what a wonderful work could be accomplished! Do you have the FAITH?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward