Nepal Church Growing
Needs include guitar, small generator and music training
In May, Dr. Jonathan Blackmon (pictured, left side of photo) traveled to Nepal on behalf of MIWC to speak at the Leaders Conference of the Dhankuta District Christian Society, East Region.
MIWC announced its partnership in Nepal this past spring.
MIWC prayer partner Pastor Ganesh Poudel and his family hosted Blackmon in their home in Pakhribas, which is located in Eastern Nepal.
Pakhribas is a village in the Dhankuta District in the Kosi Zone of eastern Nepal. Latest census data (1991) reported a population of 4,508. According to Wikipedia, Pakhribas is home to three prominent Hindu shrines, one Buddhist monastery and two Protestant churches. Of the churches, the Aashish Church in Pakhribas-8 is purported to be the first of its kind in the Free Presbyterian faith.
Upon Blackmon's arrival, he attended a prayer meeting of the Pakhribas women's ministry where he spoke to them with an encouraging message from the New Testament on transforming their community.
He also toured the busy construction site of the new church building. Blackmon said he was impressed by their hard work and vision, especially how carefully the church had thought through the building's current and future uses. Its foundation has been built strong enough to support additional stories, allowing the church to one day house a larger sanctuary.
The next day, 50 church leaders from around the eastern Dhankuta region gathered for the MIWC-sponsored leaders conference in Pakhribas.
The conference included prayer, sermons from Blackmon, scripture reading, exhortation, teaching and worship through the arts.
"Nepali music and dance highlighted the worship times and the people participated enthusiastically, clapping and singing with evident joy," said Blackmon.
One of Poudel's sons, Chan, told Blackmon he had been praying that they would be able to use more traditional Nepali music in their worship. Seeing how well-received the Nepali dance was in worship, Blackmon discussed with Chan MIWC's ethnodoxology approach to worship training. (Ethnodoxology is the process of studying local musical traditions and working with local musicians and churches to adapt and develop locally created musical forms for Christian worship.)
As the Nepali congregation continues to grow and reach out into the community, they are challenged by several pressing needs:
1 – A new guitar. The church's current guitar is quite old and will not keep its tune.
2 – A small generator. This part of the country sees frequent power outages even in areas with electric service and a generator would allow them to show the Jesus Video and hold Gospel meetings in areas without electricity or with unreliable service.
3 – Two months of music training. Music training and an emphasis on local music-styled worship would greatly benefit music leaders in the Pakhribas church.
Please contact MIWC to offer support for the Nepali ministry.
"Thanks for your fervent prayer for Nepal and for our Ministry!" said Pastor Poudel.