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Exactly one year ago we awoke to the news that a terrible earthquake had struck the heart of Nepal. Immediately upon hearing the news ServLife responded. Within days food was being delivered to families affected by the quake. Soon after, tarps and other vital supplies were on their way.

In the days and weeks following the disaster, the stories of death, destruction and displacement continued to mount. All the while ServLife was there providing food, water, shelter, encouragement and prayer. You helped provide relief for more than 4,000 people, bringing semi-permanent shelters to two villages and restoring hope to the people of Nepal.

As we mark the first anniversary of the earthquake I recall working with Udaya and his team to deliver food to 150 families in the Sindhupalchok District and working with Lazarus’ staff to select the shelters that would house every family in Bhuji. I’ll never forget walking the streets of villages reduced to rubble and comforting our pastors and their people now living under tarps.

This March we celebrated the ribbon cutting marking the opening of our new pastor training center in Kathmandu built to replace the building that was badly damaged by the quake. Adam and I were privileged to celebrate this event with our local staff and many of our Nepali pastors. We were also blessed to see some of the long term shelters you provided to families in Jhor, just north of Kathmandu.

Thanks to you ServLife has made a great start down a very long road. The recovery in Nepal will take decades and we’re committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with our pastors and families as they rebuild homes, churches and whole villages. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity.

Please keep the people of Nepal in your prayers.

Photos of ServLife Relief Efforts

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The ribbon cutting at ServLife's rebuilt pastor training school.

Posted on April 23, 2016 |

Adam_HS_largeIn James 1:18, it says that “[God] chose to give us birth by his true word, and here is the result: we are like the first crop from the harvest of everything he created.” YOU are God’s first fruits of his work. You are the first crop of God’s great harvest, and the first crop of any plant often provides the seeds for future harvests.

Rice is the first crop plant whose complete genetic sequence (genome) has been compiled and placed in computer data banks around the world, because it has the potential to end world hunger. Rice is most economically sown (requiring less seed) when first raised in seedbeds, then transplanted out into the field for mass harvest.

God has raised you up and planted you in this world to sow his harvest of love and joy. Through the power of Jesus, you are working to end world suffering by bringing people into God’s healing arms. Together with ServLife you have rescued orphaned children off the street, helped bring the hope of Jesus to remote villages that had never heard his name and empowered families with small business loans, putting food on their table and sending their kids to school. You continue sowing hope and love, reaping a beautiful harvest in the name of Jesus. Thank you.

Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights. May God bless us to be a blessing to others and spread the seeds of hope and love.

Posted on April 16, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

“When we all get together, it’s a wonderful time. We can see God’s presence with us. We can see that mighty power with us,” Director Albert Das shares. That was the purpose of ServLife’s 2016 Pastors’ Conference- to bring pastors together to build their common community, encourage one another and be in the presence of God.

Pastors came from all over India and Nepal, some taking buses or even walking for several days to get to Kathmandu, Nepal and Bihar, India. We also were able to send several American pastors to encourage and fellowship with their fellow pastors during the conference. Once they finally arrived the 122 pastors in attendance were treated to a time of learning, solidarity and worship. Our visiting pastors offered insights and lessons from scripture alongside many local leaders of the church, building a cross-cultural bond that was felt deeply by all. “[It’s important] for these pastors to know that they have the support of the worldwide church,” Pastor John Free of Currey Creek Baptist Church of Boerne Texas shared. “We’re in this together. There’s not a lot of churches, there’s one church!”

Many pastors had faced adversity in the last year, both with the economic strain caused by the Nepal earthquake and Blockade from India, as well as enduring threats and sometimes violence from fundamentalist groups opposed to Christians in their areas. Many were in sore need of a reason to continue in their call to ministry and said that the conference came just in time. Hearing the stories they had in common with other pastors and even with the Christians from the United States was the encouragement they needed to continue. The conference’s theme was “Abide in Christ” from John 15:4 and topics included how to take Sabbath rest, listening to God through silence and contemplation, and methods to study scripture. It was the perfect reminder of the mighty power of God abiding with those who abide in Him.

Posted on April 9, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeEaster has been so normalized in our Christian culture that I often miss the point. On the surface, I want chocolate, hopefully with a creamy caramel center. Deeper than that, I want Christ’s victory to make the American dream possible for me. And there I am missing the point again. So did the the crowds on Palm Sunday.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem the people were ready to make Jerusalem great again and overthrow the existing leadership, establishing Jesus as their new military and political leader. Waiving palm branches (which were a symbol of victory) and violently yelling “Hosanna!” meaning “save us,” “rescue us,” they were ready for their rebellion to begin. Jesus rode in on a majestic steed (a donkey, really Jesus?) and then proceeded to enter a week of what seemed to be loss, not victory. And yet he defeated an enemy much bigger and more dangerous than Rome. On the cross Jesus paid the debt of all humanity and with the empty grave he established himself more powerful than sin and death. The victorious life that he invites us into is not for chocolate or picket fences; it is for spiritual and emotional freedom and the restoration of all humanity with our spiritual Father.

Pastors in India and Nepal are sharing this victorious life of freedom and restoration with families in remote villages who have never heard the gospel. Child care workers are showing the love of Jesus and sharing about our perfect heavenly Father with orphans. God is bringing restoration and healing and your partnership makes this work possible. Thank you for your investment in the true meaning of Easter.

May we do all we can to share the love and restorative power of Jesus, as displayed through the cross and empty grave.

Posted on March 25, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

9614 Sujata ShresthaSQRGBSujata Shrestha is the living definition of a bundle of joy. She’s almost three and like most children she adores cartoons, singing songs, and getting as much loving attention as she can from both her family and strangers who are charmed by her outgoing nature. Looking at her today you’d never guess at the tragedy in her past that brought her to ServLife’s Kathmandu Children’s Home.

Sujata was only one year old when the earthquake hit Nepal on April 25th, 2015. Her mother had left Sujata outside while she went in to use the bathroom and the house collapsed in the quake. Sujata’s mother was killed in the falling home, but Sujata was miraculously unharmed. Her father and older brother attempted to care for little Sujata, but between her father’s work and her brother’s school the situation was unsustainable. Sujata needed the full-time love and care that would allow her to thrive.

After the earthquake orphanages and children’s homes were flooded with children in need of care, and it was difficult for Sujata’s father to find a permanent place where she would be cared for well. Many children from the affected areas were sent home by the government due to inadequate care. A local official referred him to ServLife, where he knew refugee children were approved to stay long-term.

So, on the day of her second birthday Sujata joined the family at the Kathmandu children’s home. Now she is running the place! “She’s our boss here,” Children’s Director Udaya Bhatta says, “She keeps us running after her. She is very smiley and very loving and she’s a very good girl. I love her very much.” Sujata has everyone wrapped around her finger and her sweet little smile lights up the room. Thanks to the loving care she is receiving Sujata is growing and learning in ways that would have been completely unavailable to her after her mother’s death. “We are happy that Sujata is with us here, and to help her to grow, and make her life better in the future. We are glad to do that.” Udaya says, “I think it is really the vision that God has given us the heart for us to help kids to grow in a loving place.”

Posted on March 14, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

View More: http://jadeandkyle.pass.us/nepal2015Brackets For Good is a a single-elimination, bracket-style fundraising tournament where 1$ = 1 Point. ServLife has been selected out of a pool of 280 applicants to participate in Brackets For Good, and we’re so excited! But we need your help to make it all the way to the final round and $10,000 grand prize. Luckily, all the teams get to keep whatever they fundraise in each round, so everybody wins!

The tournament starts at 8:00pm Friday, February 26. Each round lasts a week and ends at 7:59:59 the following Friday, so be sure to give right at the buzzer to make the final points count! You cannot start giving until tip off at 8:00pm EST Friday the 26th.

Check out the bracket, and here’s a schedule of the rounds:

  • 02/26/16 Tip off at 8 pm EST
  • 03/04/16 Round 1 ends at 7:59:59 pm EST
  • 03/11/16 Round 2 ends at 7:59:59 pm EST
  • 03/18/16 Round 3 ends at 7:59:59 pm EST
  • 03/25/16 Round 4 ends at 7:59:59 pm EST
  • 03/29/16 Round 5 ends at 7:59:59 pm EST
  • 04/01/16 Championship ends at 7:59:59 pm EST

FAQ

How do you win a round?

In Each round, donors give on the Brackets for Good Website and totals are tallied with each dollar worth one point. Whoever raises the most wins and moves on to the next round, but both the winners and the losers get to keep whatever they raised! Everybody wins!

How Do I Score Points for ServLife?

You can score points for ServLife by donating on Brackets for Good’s Website. $1 = 1 Point! And donations must be in by 7:59:59pm EST on the last day of the round. To donate

1) Find and click ServLife International in the bracket.

2) Scroll down to enter your donation amount and info.

Donate Instructions-01What’s the smartest way to use my donations to score points?

You can use the Buzzer Beater option during the donation process to double your contribution, giving half immediately and half fifteen minutes before the end of the round. This way you help push us over the edge and get Team ServLife to the next round!

Buzzer Beater

Who will get my information?

Only ServLife and Brackets for Good will receive information on who donated to ServLife. The BFG donation site is secured by firewalls that ensure privacy, as is the ServLife site. Brackets For Good will send you a giving receipt, not ServLife.

How do I help spread the word?

We’ll keep you updated on our progress via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So, please like, comment and share those posts to all your friends and get them in the spirit for some friendly fundraising competition!

Posted on February 24, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeAs we delve into 2016, I’ve been both excited and exhausted thinking about everything that this year will hold. God sent me to Isaiah 40:
“He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy. Even youths get tired and weary; even strong young men clumsily stumble. But those who wait for the LORD’s help find renewed strength; they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, they run without growing weary, they walk without getting tired.”

God’s strength and power put mine to shame, but in my humanity I often opt for the latter. It is in those moments that I quickly become desperate for renewed energy. God delivers this regeneration through an old scripture verse, a new friend’s encouragement, a breath of fresh air deep in the woods, a recited prayer that finally sinks in, and many other ways.

I also find encouragement from your friendship and support, not just for me but also for our partners in India and Nepal. You are God’s hands and feet to encourage and energize pastors serving in remote villages and children going to school. Thank you so much for strengthening this ministry through your support. It is having a transformative, renewing impact.

Posted on January 9, 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeThis month we are in a season of anticipation and giving. Growing up, my father cultivated a giving culture within our family, randomly bringing my mom flowers, my sister a doll, my brother new drumsticks, etc. I have tried to follow in his footsteps and love giving my wife and kids even the smallest of gifts.

This passion for generosity has bled outside of just my family life and into God’s mission of restoration and healing in this world. Through partnerships with nonprofits, my family has helped build fresh water wells in Africa, rescue girls from human trafficking in Cambodia, start churches in remote villages in Nepal, give orphans in India a home, and helped give low income children in Indianapolis a math tutor. Generosity has become a healthy addiction fueled by passion and impact in God’s kingdom. I love inviting others into this journey, and understand what Paul meant when he wrote in Philippians 4, “I want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity.” I know you do too.

Thank you for partnering with ServLife to start churches, care for children and fight poverty in India and Nepal. You have helped serve more people this year than any prior year. Having been overseas last month, I can once again verify the impact of your gift. Lives are being changed and hope is being restored. Thank you for your generosity to deepen this impact.

May God contagiously cultivate our hearts of generosity to positively impact this world for his kingdom and family. May God’s kingdom come, his will be done and his love be known.

Posted on December 19, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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We’re delighted to report because of your support our 100% MATCHED Campaign exceeded the goal! Your gifts to benefit churches, children, and families in India and Nepal along with the support of our matching sponsors totaled $227,780. That’s a full $27,780 beyond our goal of $200,000!

We couldn’t have done it without you! So we wanted to say, thank you! Your support is bringing Jesus’ love into the hearts and homes of so many people. You’re enabling children to be educated and cared for, families to be liberated from poverty, and the Word of God to be heard across the nations. Thanks to our wonderful matching sponsors your generosity is making a double impact.

So from all of us to you- Thank you!

The ServLife Team,

Adam, Tim, Rachel, Amalia

 

Posted on November 20, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeIn James 2 the author makes the case that faith without action is dead. “Show me your faith without action and I will show you faith by my action.” Theology is the study of right thinking about God and Christianity. Praxis is right action propelled by theology. Growing up a pastor’s kid mentored by youth group leaders and Christian professors and pastors, I have developed an affinity for theological books. I don’t understand them all, but there’s something about digging into C.S. Lewis or N.T. Wright or Dallas Willard reading by the fire on a snowy day that makes me feel close to God. Sometimes it feels like that’s the end goal, to feel close to God. But feeling close to God and being close to God are two different things, and I prefer the latter.

Being close to God is found in serving next to Him and participating in the work He’s already doing in the world. It’s having lunch with a homeless guy. It’s talking late into the night with a struggling friend. It’s cleaning the church building bathrooms on a Wednesday night. It’s being present with my children. It’s helping build a fresh water well in Africa. It’s serving in the local soup kitchen. It’s encouraging a coworker. It’s speaking truth where lies have been sown. It’s praying for hope to be restored in someone’s life. It is giving. Giving my time, my money, my talents, my passion, everything I have to do the work of God as informed by good theology. It is praxis.

I assume there are multiple expressions of praxis in your life, and I’m glad you’ve joined with God and ServLife to serve people in India and Nepal. Because of your generous actions, pastors are being trained and are starting churches in remote villages, children are being rescued and educated and loved, and families are being given hope and overcoming extreme poverty through small business loans. Thank you for taking action and caring for the least of these.

May God plant right thinking into our hearts that reaps proper action and justice. May we put our faith into action every day.

Posted on November 7, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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