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IMG_4087SQAbisekh is vibrant, even for a toddler. At almost three years old, he is very small for his age, but is still full of energy—chasing his adopted siblings through the house and keeping every one of them wrapped around his little finger.

Looking at him today, no one would ever guess at the journey that brought Abisekh to ServLife’s children’s home in Kathmandu, Nepal. Abisekh’s mother passed away when he was only 26 months old. She suffered a heart attack due to complications from a medical treatment for swelling in her leg, possibly a result of poor medical infrastructure in the remote area of west Nepal where they lived. Being the only child of his parents, Abisekh was left with his grandmother while his father sought work to support their family. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again when three days later Abisekh’s grandmother also passed away suddenly. This was understandably very difficult for Abisekh’s father, losing two close family members and caregivers for his son so abruptly. He continued to look for work and struggled to care for Abisekh on his own, wanting to keep his beloved son close, but found the strain of both providing for their family and looking after Abisekh to be too much. He went seeking aid, and a friend in Kathmandu referred him to the ServLife children’s home.

IMG_4175SMWhen Abisekh first arrived at the children’s home he was underweight and malnourished. He had not yet learned to speak well and did not like to move or play much. The full time staff and the other children at the home accepted him as their son and brother and began build up his strength with proper healthcare, nutrition, and love. Now, his new family says that Abisekh pretty much runs the house. His older sisters dote on him, and he is always the center of attention. He has gained weight, is speaking in full sentences and running and playing like a normal 2 year old. This happy ending to a difficult journey would not have been possible without the staff and children at the children’s home, along with Abisekh’s ServLife sponsor in Indianapolis. Thanks to their diligent care, generosity and love, Abisekh is full of life.

If you would like to support the life and journey of a child like Abisekh visit our child sponsorship page.

Posted on January 23, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Man Kaji Rai Nepali pastors serve their communities in many ways beyond preaching from a pulpit on Saturday morning (in Nepal the Sabbath is celebrated on Saturday). They are taking seriously the directive Jesus set out in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, house the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit those who are sick and in prison*. Pastors are giving up their homes and churches to families who lost all they had in last spring’s landslides. They’re walking or bicycling for miles to visit prisoners, pray for the sick, and care for their congregations. These pastors have a passion and a mission they live into every day. Pastor Man Kaji is one of these men.

Pastor Man works in a remote yet beautiful hilly region of Nepal. Pastor Man has seen God work in miraculous ways in the region, curing physical and spiritual ailments and reconciling people to Himself. One of the greatest transformations Pastor Man was part of happened to a man called Bharat.

Bharat had been trapped in the drug trade. He experienced horrible addiction and also began selling drugs in order to support his habit. Bharat’s wife and three children understandably suffered because of his vices.shivapuri-trekking When Bharat was put in prison because of his involvement in the drug trade his family was left without a father and provider. They knew they had to find something to deeply change Bharat’s life. Having heard of the situation, Pastor Man went to visit Bharat and his family. He shared the gospel with them and told them about the power a relationship with Christ has to change a life. Bharat and his family opened their hearts to God with Pastor Man’s guidance, and began the process of reconciliation.

Now, a year later, Bharat and his family are attending Pastor Man’s church regularly and are proudly telling others of the transformation they have seen in Bharat’s life. A relationship with Christ helped Bharat overcome his addiction and change his life. Pastor Man was willing to go where God called him, to visit the prisoner, and God performed miraculous transformations as a result.

If you would like to support Pastor Man or pastors like him who are doing this important work, visit our Pastor Sponsorship Page.

*Matthew 25:34-36

Posted on January 17, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeAt the end of Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he leaves him with one final instruction: Protect what has been entrusted to you. Paul’s instruction does not come from a place of fear or worry or insecurity. In fact, the majority of the letter is just the opposite. Paul encourages Timothy to be bold, to shut down false teachings, to hold firmly to his faith, to pray diligently, to nourish himself with the Bible, to pursue Godliness, to encourage and teach others, and to persevere to live and teach the same things. Pursue righteousness, love and gentleness. Teach generosity. And finally, “protect what has been entrusted to you.”

These seven words have been sinking into my heart and creating deep resolve. To protect my family. Protect my heart. Protect my staff. Protect the children. Protect the pastors. Protect families in extreme poverty. Protect the future and growth of ServLife. Not from a place of fear, but from a bold, missional place of health and growth.

Your support of the pastors, children and families in India and Nepal brings protection of their present realities: empowering church growth, education and care, and quality of life. It also lays the groundwork to protect their future, introducing a life that was not possible without your investment. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to these pastors, children and families.

May we protect what has been entrusted to us. May we live lives of bold faith with a love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. Amen.

Posted on January 9, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

A Guest Blog By Jim Seeds

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In late 2013 our small group attended a ServLife open house and afterwards decided to sponsor a child. Since then I’ve been intrigued with God’s work ServLife performs in Nepal and India…supporting planting churches, providing care for orphans and micro financing families so they can be self-sufficient. For me Romans 12: 9-13 is at the heart of the matter: “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”

In Kathmandu, Nepal and Raxaul, India I observed these verses in action. Children disadvantaged at birth, left behind with no family to care for them or poverty so severe the parents could not provide, living joyously in the Lord. IMG_1820These children are loved by their caretakers and are gaining an education so they can break through social and economic barriers most of us would not survive. They love each other as family—eating, playing, working and going to school together. They love the Lord with a passion that challenged me as I considered my own praise and worship. All they see is joy and are so happy for how they’ve been blessed.   Many of the children, while cared for so well, really don’t have a lot. They have minimal clothes and belongings. What they have, they share freely. They work hard and rejoice hard.

While in Kathmandu we saw first hand new pastors in training, strong in faith, praising God when they have so little and being joyful for what they have. I observed prayer unlike any I’ve seen or heard before. Joyful praises lifted on high with magnificent voices growing louder and louder as they pray from a soft murmur then to a crescendo. IMG_2293Heartfelt praise, trusting in the Lord and giving their all for our Savior. These men and women of all ages are going into the villages of remote Nepal to serve God and to help bring hope and salvation to the poorest of poor. They are going willfully, lovingly and faithfully to bring Jesus to their country.

Our mission is far from done…. The opportunity is so large it boggles the mind. How many children needlessly are forced into slavery or sex trade? How many non-believers can feel the hope and deep love of God? How many families could become self-sufficient and afford to feed and educate their children?

I’ve been touched for life by the people I met. I want to be there for them not just with my wallet, but really be there for them: To visit them as often as I can, to share the opportunity with anyone who will listen and to carry them in my heart and prayers every day.

Posted on January 2, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeAs we celebrate Christmas this month, I am reminded of Jesus’ humble beginnings. Born in a barn to an unwed mother and laid down in an animal food trough, he was hardly ushered into the world like a king. As an adult he was homeless, had to borrow donkeys for getting around, and I imagine wore out countless pairs of sandals traveling from city to city. Jesus had a deep compassion for the poor and marginalized, and before leaving this world told his followers that “whatever you [do] for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you [do] for me.”

I could not even begin to comprehend extreme poverty until my first trip to India a decade ago. Having visited remote villages many times now, I still struggle to understand how someone can make a living on only a dollar or two a day. But there is hope and joy, and God’s light is breaking through the darkness. Your gifts and investments have gone so very far in India and Nepal. It is having an exponential impact and hundreds of children, villages and families are being supported, educated, empowered and loved.

Thank you for joining Jesus in his compassion for the poor and marginalized. Your support has grown the church, rescued children and empowered families facing extreme poverty. Your love and generosity is changing lives, and we are extremely grateful. Thank you.

May we become more and more like Jesus in humility, compassion, generosity, grace and love. May God continue to bless us and bless through us.

Posted on December 19, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Late this October a team from Indiana went on a journey of learning and discovery. The trip’s purpose was to allow the team to open their minds and hearts to what God is doing in Nepal and India, and to afford the opportunity to build lasting relationships of support and encouragement with ServLife partners there.

When the team hit the ground in Kathmandu, Nepal they quickly discovered that each had specific gifts and talents that would enable the group to achieve their goals. While some of the group members were gifted pastors who spent time encouraging the staff, others showed love and affection to the children in ServLife programs. Some of the team taught in the pastor training school, and others led a VBS program for the children. Everyone engaged and used their individual gifts for the collective purpose. For instance, Executive Director Adam Nevins led the trip, kept everyone on track, and along with Pastor Todd Fisher helped the team process along the way. In addition, Lola Fisher and Olivia Sellke made the children at ServLife homes and schools feel loved and at ease while Noah Pappas and Jim Seeds and made sure that everyone was always smiling and having fun with their unique sense of humor.

IMG_8496After leading the VBS program for 150 children in Kathmandu, the group split, with half traveling to Raxaul, India and half to Nepalgunj in west Nepal. In Raxaul, the group led another VBS program for the orphanage and education sponsorship children there. It was the first trip where the team was equipped with comprehensive VBS materials, donated by Group Publishing. The children loved the memory verses, games, and object-lesson toys that came along with the curriculum.

Meanwhile, in west Nepal, the other half of the team visited Christian communities in remote villages to support them and their ServLife-trained pastors as they plant churches in areas unreached by the gospel. Pastor Todd Fisher encouraged the pastors and communities and was often called upon to present twice a day, preaching and teaching nearly 20 times throughout the 11-day trip.

The team re-convened to celebrate the graduation of 14 pastors from the training school in Kathmandu. It was the perfect culmination to a trip with the purpose of encouragement and building relationships. The team went home tired but exhilarated, knowing that they had made an impact on the lives of the people they met, and began lifelong friendships with them. “I’ve been touched for life by the people I met. I want to be there for them not just with my wallet, but really be there for them. To visit them as often as I can, to share the opportunity with anyone who will listen and to carry them in my heart and prayers every day,” Jim Seeds shared.

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Posted on December 12, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Olivia and Kushboo In IndiaIn October, Olivia Sellke participated in a Vision Trip to India and Nepal with a team from Indiana. She took the time to reflect on her experience:

When the topic of orphans comes up, a lot of Christians point to the verse in James that gives instruction. Some translations say “look after orphans” (NIV) some say “care for orphans” (NLT). These guidelines are simple but they are clear. There are organizations all around the world that care and provide for the basic needs of orphans – food, clothing, shelter, education and this is no small feat.

But there is something different about the ServLife kids (and I can say that having visited other children’s homes).

They are cared for beyond their basic needs.

IMG_1561Beyond the necessities these kids are loved deeply and they are known. And isn’t that what we all long for?

There is an unmistakable joy that springs up and overflows from being known and loved not only by the people that surround you but also by an almighty Father. That joy was contagious among the kids –it’s an emotion that still fills my heart as I sit on the other side of world a month later thinking about my time with them. It’s the first thing that comes to mind when people ask where I saw God working.

God is working in the hearts of these kids. Each child has a unique story that they tell of who they are and how they have come to know Christ and almost every story starts with the people who care for them – people who are walking alongside them and showing them what it looks like to have a relationship with God. It’s impactful and it’s changing their lives – just look at the last blog post detailing some of the things the kids are thankful for.

Not only is God working in the hearts of the kids, he is working in the hearts of the adults that are training up the children in the way they should go (Prv. 22:6). In the short time our team was in Nepal and India I saw grace, patience, and love multiplied in unbelievable measure. It truly is a calling and a spiritual gift to care for these kids who carry with them a patchwork quilt of experiences – some orphans, some half-orphans, some just needing a helping hand and a safe place to land.

The work that ServLife is doing is beyond the basic and it’s important. It’s amazing to see how hope, and joy, and peace spring up out of some of the most traumatic circumstances and relationships with Christ are formed.To me, this is a sure sign that these kids are truly cared for.

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At ServLife we’re so thankful for you and your support to plant churches, care for children, and fight poverty in India and Nepal. And what are children in India and Nepal thankful for? We asked ServLife children during our trip this October and they said:

Sujata Quote

I am thankful to know Jesus Christ as my savior, and to get to know people like you (my sponsor). I feel blessed.- Sabita, Nepal, 11

I am thankful for your support, love and prayer. I am thankful for God that he has given me life.I am thankful for my family.- Subin Kapali, Nepal, 5

Vibek Quote

I am thankful that I am studying and making my future happy.- Yabesh, Nepal, 10

I am thankful to know Christ in my life, get a chance to study and have a wonderful family & people like you (my sponsor).- Rakshya, Nepal,16

I am thankful in my life for what God has given me and I am really thankful for your support, care and love towards me. I am thankful that God has given me parents and a good situation in my life.- Anjali, Nepal,18

I am thankful that I am a child of God who really loves and cares for us.- Sanu, Nepal,10

Bishal Quote

I am thankful for God blessing and supporting me, for my sponsor, and for my family.- Priscilla, Nepal, 13

I am thankful for knowing God and His love and grace upon me. I am thankful for getting everything that I need. I am thankful for [my sponsor] praying for me.- Mahan, Nepal, 12

I am thankful that God is with me.- Nabina, Nepal, 10

I am thankful for the opportunity that I have got the chance to study and fulfill my future dreams. And I am thankful for how I got the chance to life in ServLife Children’s Home and know everybody here.- Merina, Nepal, 17

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I am thankful for my mother and father who gave me birth, and my teachers who give me knowledge… and you (my sponsor) who helped me very, very, very much in my study.- Dilendra, Nepal, 13

I am thankful for you, for sponsoring me.- Saroj, Nepal, 10

Posted on November 26, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

THERMOMETER 103 percent-01100% 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!

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Posted on November 17, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Adam_HS_largeMy 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.

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