HELP US PRAY FOR THESE NEEDS
VISIT TO ORPHANAGE
Let me tell you about the orphanage at New Hope Church. There are just two rooms and a kitchen—one room is a bedroom for 12 children, two to a bunk, and the other room serves as dining area, chapel, study room, and general purpose living room. David, the pastor leader of this ministry, is praying for a two story building so he could separate the boys and girls and have room to expand. It would cost $25,000 to buy. He is a wonderful leader and father to the children and the children are happy and well cared for. They each introduced themselves to me, told their names, and what year they are in in the English school. Then they sang three songs with loud voices and exuberant gestures.
TRIP TO NAWALPARASI AND CHITWAN
Need for a water pump:
After many excruciating curves and bone crunching washouts on the jampacked bus we arrived in Nawalparasi district. Mahendra's father, Purna Gurau, is pastor of a mother church in the small village of Kudhauli. The New Life Church roof leaks rain and needs plastering and the door needs to be replaced. Pastor Gurau is a senior pastor in the district and should be traveling to visit churches but there is no money for transport. What would solve the problems is a water pump to fill his two large fish ponds and restocking them with fish.
Need for rent money:
The next day we visited the church at Kawaswati. I managed to fall in the ditch on the way and had to be taken to the clinic for medicine and bandage. However, we still got to the church for the service. Since Mahendra, who was pastor of this church, is now working as my personal assitant, he has turned the church over to his brother. For $100 Reshem and Mona Gurau could have a room to rent which would be at the church. For more information.
The more critical need, however, is for church land where a church could be built. Many house churches rent rooms but sometimes people of other religions do not like to rent to Christians. For more information contact roshangurau@yahoo.
Need for school fees:
Tirtha Gurau in Chitwan has nine orphans living with him and his wife in rented quarters. These lively and exuberant children sing some Awana style songs in Nepalese with much gusto. Every day this family, pastor, wife, and children, pray for their daily bread. Their greater need, however, is for a home which is more secure and which could have more orphans.
One of the highlights of our visit was an elephant ride into the jungle park where we saw four rhinos, more than fifty deer, peacock, monkeys and many birds.
What should be taught? We are coming to believe that these schools should teach basic skills which enable pastors to earn a living as well as basic Bible training. The need, therefore, is for skills teachers as well as for persons who can help pastors develop curriculum which is contextual and holistic, as well as being taught in the way that Jesus taught. For this last point, keep looking under Resources for a course I am working on, Training Leaders Jesus' Way.
NEED FOR A CONFERENCE CENTER FOR STAFF AND TRAINEES IN KATHMANDU:
My plan is to recruit persons with MDivs from various people groups in Nepal, Vietnam, Laos, China, and other Asian countries to come to Kathmandu for a Doctor of Ministry course which will include preparing curriculum for seminaries and conextualizing the curriculum to the target people group. My goal is that the teaching be as fully accredited as possible and that it make use of all the modern instruments of education. Also, it is essential that the training be grounded in prayer as the most important principle and that the teaching be designed in the way that our Lord Jesus taught, which differs in important respects from the current academic seminary model in the West.
Update: We have identified a piece of land which will cost $15,000. We need $7,500 by Sept. 1st and $7,500 March 1st. The site:
NEED FOR BASIC BIBLE SCHOOLS IN CHITWAN, POKHARA, WESTERN NEPAL, EASTERN NEPAL, AND THE MOUNTAIN HIMALAYAN VILLAGES