100% MATCHED. 100% OVERSEAS. OVER $203K GIVEN.
You guys rock! In October you and other supporters gave $103,354. $100,000 of that was matched, totaling $203,354 going overseas to support pastors, children and families in India and Nepal!
Thank you so much for your support. Your investment will help start more churches, care for more children, and provide more small loans for families overcoming extreme poverty. Your partnership and generosity is an answer to our prayers and a reminder of God’s faithfulness.Thank you!
Posted on November 17, 2014 |
My friend and India Director, Albert Das, recently encouraged me with Philippians 4:19. “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” If I’m honest, I struggle with this. I want to rely on Adam Nevins to meet all my needs. I want to be in control. But I’m not. I am desperately and completely dependent upon God for both what I need and what ServLife needs. And God does not let me forget. Through a small ServLife financial emergency and yet another personal lesson in humility last month, God is teaching me again to depend on him. And he is using you and others in his church to show that faithfulness and provision.
There are needs in India and Nepal that God wants to meet. There are villages with no church or pastor. There are children with no education or parents. There are families with almost no money or food. God is meeting these needs, and allowing us to be a part of that process.
Thank you for participating in God’s holistic love being made known. Thank you for helping to start churches, provide education for children, and empower families in extreme poverty with small business loans. Writing this from India at the end of a long and rewarding trip, I have seen firsthand what an incredible impact your donations make. Thank you.
May we continue to rely on God for all our needs, and joyfully participate in his provision for others. May God transform us and the world around us as his kingdom and love is made known.
Posted on November 11, 2014 |
Nir Bahadur clearly exemplifies a ServLife success story. Nir began his life in a remote village in western Nepal. The village had no modern medical care, proper means of transportation, or ability to communicate with the world at large. Nir’s mother, who has a disabled hand and was mired in severe poverty, was his only caregiver. She knew she was always going to struggle to be able to provide sufficient nutrition, education, and care for him.
All this changed for Nir when he was just four years old. His mother found him a place at ServLife’s Children’s Home. Nir moved to Kathmandu where he could be provided with nutrition, medical treatment, and the loving care of a second family. Nir says, “I found my new parents, brother and sisters… I got opportunity to know God and my life became brighter.” He began to study at a local private school, to learn English, and encounter teachers and other leaders who would support his further development.
Nir is now in grade 10, and experiencing a lot of success with the support he is receiving. He hopes to become a computer engineer. He wants to make a significant contribution toward developing his country and helping others. “I am always praying with God to fulfill this dream,” Nir Says.
“[These gifts are] all the mercy of ServLife Children’s Home and God who gave me a new life with new family, new parents, new society and many brothers and sisters who were like me and living together with me,” Nir says. We are so proud that Nir is becoming such a responsible and Godly young man, and thank God that he found his way to the Children’s Home where these opportunities were available to him. Please pray for Nir’s future and studies, for his mother’s financial and physical wellbeing, and for the other children in ServLife’s care- that they may embrace a future as bright as Nir’s.
Posted on November 8, 2014 |
On November 1st, ServLife will be literally putting feet on our desire to build global community. ServLife is participating in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon’s Run for a Cause program, which allows runners to support a charity through their race. We have a team of runners and volunteers ready to support and run for justice! Jay and Brenda Howard, who are running the Marathon and 5K respectively, are excited using this opportunity to participate in two activities they love at the same time: running and global missions.
Jay and Brenda both enjoy running for the sense of accomplishment it gives, and the time in nature it affords. “I have a pretty stressful job,” Jay, the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, shares, “I find that after running I am too tired to be stressed anymore… I often run along the canal trail in Indy which means I see lots of wild animals – geese, ducks, heron, turtles, muskrats, etc. Although, for a distance runner, the occasional turkey buzzard circling overhead can either be discouraging (‘Do I really look like I am going to drop in my tracks?’) or quite motivating (‘No one wants to be buzzard bait!’)”
Jay and Brenda decided to join with ServLife during their Monumental Marathon run because they saw that ServLife aligned with their values and desire to make a difference in the world. “Personally, I often feel weighed down by all the bad news in the world. Being a part of Team ServLife lets me contribute to making some good news,” Brenda says, “…People can’t partner with great organizations like ServLife unless they know about them. By running the Indianapolis Monumental 5K for ServLife, I can provide others awareness of the opportunity to be part of a force for good in the world.”
“I think ServLife takes Micah 6:8 seriously,” Jay shares, “I believe we are called to act justly, to show mercy and walk humbly with our God… Events like marathons are simply another opportunity to partner with organizations that help do important work and which provide a Christian witness of compassion and humility. As an American, I need to be reminded that loving my neighbor means loving the world. We are blessed with much in the way of resources and opportunities. Therefore we have a responsibility to share those resources to further God’s kingdom. ServLife gives me an opportunity to put that into practice.”
We are so glad that Jay and Brenda have chosen to give feet to their faith on Team ServLife, and hope that anyone who is able will come out to support the team on November 1st, or consider supporting their run financially.
Posted on October 25, 2014 |
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Pastor Yam felt the call of Acts 1:8 strongly in his heart when he first became a Christian. However, he felt before he could reach the ends of the earth with the good news of Christ, he needed to start in “Jerusalem;” he needed to share the Gospel with his own immediate family members. So Yam began his journey there.
Yam’s father and uncle had long been devout animists – believing in the existence of individual spirits that inhabit natural objects and phenomena. They regularly worshiped idols and prayed to their ancestors. When Yam shared his belief in Christ, they refused to listen to him out of fear of their society’s rejection of Christians. Yam tried again and again to reach his family members with the Gospel but met closed doors at every turn.
Recently, after several years of pushing ahead in this way, Yam’s father suddenly became ill with inexplicable seizures. He would experience sudden bouts of unconsciousness that were very dangerous due to their unpredictable nature. No treatment could be found at hospitals. Yam’s father finally was without excuses to refuse the possibility that Yam’s beliefs could help him. He asked Yam to pray for his healing. Yam prayed fervently over his father, and he received the healing they asked for. Yam’s father and uncle were amazed, and both immediately prayed for Christ’s forgiveness and acceptance. They have since become active members of the body of Christ in Yam’s area.
Yam sees this as a direct answer to his prayers, and a fulfillment of the first part of God’s calling on his life. He says, “This is the greatest joy in my life, to see my dad coming to faith in Jesus Christ… The Lord really answered my prayers.” Yam’s journey will continue as he and his family reach out to more and more people in their area, winning new members for the family of God, but this victory has brought new life to his mission. Please pray for Yam and our other pastors as they face great opposition with resilience and passion to spread the Gospel.
Posted on October 18, 2014 |
Psalm 67:4 says, “Let foreigners rejoice and celebrate! For you execute justice among the nations, and govern the people living on earth.” God is executing justice among all the nations. In every nook and cranny of the world, God’s light and truth and justice is breaking through the darkness, lies and abuse.
God has chosen the church to be his agent of change in the world. As Jesus put it in Matthew 5, “you are the light of the world.” When we join God in executing justice and the work of reconciliation and restoration, we are shining that light brightly.
You are likely familiar with ServLife’s mission statement, but might not be aware of our vision statement: “ServLife International envisions the Gospel bringing spiritual and physical restoration and healing in the most marginalized regions in the world.” Engaging in God’s holistic restoration of the world and all people is exciting and contagious, and you are helping lead the way and shine His light.
Your investment in India and Nepal is continuing to bring restoration and healing by showing God’s light and love. You are bringing homeless orphans into homes and families. You are illuminating the hope of the Gospel and healing broken hearts. You are keeping families together and healthy with small business loans. You are helping to reconcile man to man, and people to God. I am grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity and support. Thank you.
“Let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Posted on October 11, 2014 |
In the beautiful Surkhet Valley of Nepal, the main industry is agriculture, and most people work as field hands earning about 2 dollars a day. This is not a profession one can maintain into old age. So, it is customary for parents to be cared for by their oldest son and his family when they are no longer able to earn a wage. However, when the unthinkable happens and a son dies, there is little help for a family left without their main income provider.
This is the predicament Bhabilal and Tilsari faced. Being too old to do the hard labor of working in the fields, they had already settled into a life of helping around the house and caring for their grandchild when their son died unexpectedly. Their daughter-in-law remarried and moved away, leaving her daughter behind. Bhabilal and Tilsari lacked sufficient means to support their grandchild. All they had to their names was a small plot of land and a mud house.
That’s when Bhabilal and Tilsari applied for a micro loan from the HOPE Fund. They received a herd of four goats. This may not sound like much, but each of those goats can give birth once every six months, and their kids can be sold for $50 to $110 each. This becomes a small business for Bhabilal and Tilsari. If all of the goats give birth, in six months they increase their average daily income by anywhere from 55-120%.
This loan is making a noticeable difference in Bhabilal and Tilsari’s lives. They are now able to provide for their granddaughter and make a reasonable living for themselves. Rather than being controlled by poverty, Bhabilal and Tilsari are empowered to shape their own lives. This is the impact a small investment makes; we want to see it spread as HOPE grows.
To get involved in the work of the HOPE Fund, visit our Donate Page.
Posted on September 27, 2014 |
A few weeks ago, Tek Bahadur was woken up in the middle of the night by the voice of God. Tek heard God tell him while he was sleeping that he needed to get up, leave his house, and go someplace safe. Tek woke up to the sound of heavy rain beating on his roof. He was skeptical at first, trying to remember the voice he had heard in his sleep, but when he walked out side he saw that the monsoon rains had begun to flood his courtyard, and there was a danger that his entire village would soon be flooded.
Tek roused his wife and six children. He woke his neighbors, telling them that something disastrous was about to happen and they all needed to leave to escape the danger of flooding. In the black of night, the people of the village began to evacuate. Tek led his family across a small river and onto higher ground. Not long after, Tek heard the colossal sound of water rushing down from the slopes of the nearby mountain. He and his family spent the whole night on the other side of the river, waiting for morning to see what had happened in their village.
When Tek returned to the site of his home early in the morning he found that there was nothing left; the house had been totally demolished by a landslide. Sand, dirt, and rocks (some larger than his house) slid down the mountain into his village, leaving no crops or livestock standing. God had delivered his family and neighbors from being swept away while they slept.
Believers in nearby villages have begun caring for families displaced by the landslide in Tek’s village while they wait for assistance from the government. All eight families who lost their homes are being housed in the church of ServLife Pastor Deviram. Pastor Nanda in eastern Nepal is also housing five more families of believers who lost their homes to landslides. So far, with the help of donations and the generosity of Nepali believers, ServLife staff in Nepal has provided food and supplies for the displaced families. They are now are making plans to aid long-term recovery.
These men and women are truly living into the promise God made in Isaiah 58:
“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday… You will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”
Isaiah 58: 10,12
Posted on September 20, 2014 |
The story is told in the book of Exodus of Aaron and Hur standing beside Moses and lifting his arms so that the Israelites would be victorious. In that same way pastors need faithful helpers to come alongside and join them in their mission. Nowhere is this more crucial than in the remote villages of Nepal where pastors face great challenges when sharing the Gospel.
Pastors trained by ServLife need lay leaders in their villages to partner with them in growing the church. To meet this need the training school run by our ServLife partners launched a one month training course entitled, “How to Help Your Pastor.”
This past Spring eighteen enthusiastic men and women arrived in Kathmandu from all over Nepal. Their goal was to become Aaron and Hur for their pastors equipped to bring the victorious message of Jesus to their home villages. Living at the training school for 30 days, these faithful believers studied evangelism, discipleship, Christian Ethics, and youth ministry. They worked through a survey course of the Old and New Testaments and learned to lead worship and prayer services.
Though some were relatively new believers, all were filled with a desire to help grow their church communities. Suman, a young man who accepted Christ just a year ago, exemplifies the group. Clearly gifted to lead worship, he stepped up to lead all the trainees in hymns and songs. Now back in their home villages, these lay leaders are full of fervor and excitement to support the pastors in growing their church communities.
Posted on September 8, 2014 |
Recently someone thanked me for all that I do for people in India and Nepal. In that moment, I felt like I didn’t actually do anything for them. I don’t walk 2 hours to pray with a family living in a mud hut and grow the church. I don’t tuck orphans in at night and sing a lullaby. I don’t help a widow select a small herd of goats to increase her daily income to over $2. I really felt like I just didn’t do anything. And then I read Romans 12:4-5.
“For just as in one body we have many members, and not all the members serve the same function, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually we are members who belong to one another.”
We all have a role to play. We all have an opportunity to engage. We all can make a difference. Some will feed orphans, some will pay for the food to feed those orphans, some will manage the infrastructure that gets the food to the orphans. It is easy to feel like there’s greater value in one role than another role. But we each have a different function, and when we do it well and in unity, we belong to each other.
You belong to the ServLife community. Thank you for that! We’re so glad to have you, and for the role that you play. Your stewardship of that role empowers churches to be started, children to be rescued and families to escape extreme poverty. What we accomplish together is overwhelming to me, and I’m filled with gratitude. Thank you.
May we embrace and live into our different gifts according to the grace given to us. As we belong to one another, may we accomplish our collective calling to glorify God and show love to others.
Posted on September 1, 2014 |