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Kul moved to Kathmandu to find work after Nepal’s civil war. His neighbor was a Christian and invited him to church. Initially, Kul was skeptical of all religions, but through persistence he agreed to go to church at least once. Three months after his first visit to church, he accepted Jesus into his heart.

In his first year of being a Christian, God called Kul to become a pastor back in his village. Kul knew that the life of a pastor would be a difficult one and he would face opposition. He chose to flee God’s call and moved to Qatar. When Jonah fled God’s calling, he wound up in the belly of a whale; for Kul, God put a sickness in his belly. His health worsened to the point where he couldn’t go to work every day. Kul finally accepted God’s call to be a pastor and moved back to Nepal. He trained to be a pastor with ServLife in Kathmandu, and his stomach sickness was healed.

After launching his church back in his home village, over 60 people are attending in the first year. He has a family, a business, and his health has improved. God transformed this skeptic into a pastor that is leading people to Christ, and his health and church are thriving.

Posted on November 16, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

As a worship pastor in the 2000’s I loved leading the congregation in anthem praise of the Creator and Sustainer. We’d turn out the lights, light some candles, pack the room and sing at the top of our lungs. It was amazing, but it was missing something. I was missing something. God led me to the minor prophets where He declares, “take away the noise of your songs… let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:23a-24 CEB). God doesn’t care about our worship on Sunday if we are not living a life of justice on Monday. This was particularly convicting for me as I was the one leading these worship songs, yet I had little engagement in God’s Kingdom justice in the world. Now don’t get me wrong, God loves us no matter what. But He doesn’t love all our activities, and if we are not in right relationship with other humans (justice), then we cannot expect to have right relationship with God and express that through worship. God drove home this revelation deep into my heart through Matthew 25, 1 John, Isaiah 58, Micah 6:8 and more.

I have a lot to learn about the intersection of worship and justice, and I’ve been on an investigative, experiential path ever since that moment. I’ve had my eyes open to issues of extreme poverty, sex trafficking, lack of fresh water and more. It’s been overwhelming. But it’s also led to a series of justice experiments including increasing awareness about human trafficking issues and sex slavery, giving money to provide fresh water wells to 294 people in Ethiopia, raising money for slaves to be rescued in India, going on a trip to India to encourage 64 local pastors, starting a nonprofit focused on basic human needs, and eventually shifting my vocational path to be more involved with God’s work in India and Nepal. Through these justice experiments I found theologian Frederick Buechner’s quote coming alive for me, “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger coincide.”

Thank you for modeling a life of God’s justice, grace and love by investing in His Kingdom come. Through your support, partnership and leadership, pastors are being trained to start churches in villages where there is no church. Children are now able to get a solid education. Families are starting small businesses and experiencing hope for the first time. Your investment is having a ripple effect and lives are being transformed every day.

May we continue to grow in our worship beyond liturgy and song, and truly “offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is our true and proper worship” (Rom. 12:1b NIV).

Posted on October 19, 2018 | Tags: , , , , ,


Three years ago was a time of turmoil for Nepal. From the severe earthquake in April to supply shortages caused by a politically motivated blockade, every person was affected in some way. Sujata was no exception. She found her new home with ServLife after her mother was killed during the earthquake. My family and I have been sponsoring her since she arrived as a 2 year old and over these past three years we have been able to watch her grow.

Sujata is around the same age as my oldest daughter Lucy and it’s been a joy to see their lives change in parallel. Lucy started kindergarten this year and Sujata is getting an education as well. They are both starting their school journey and growing up in a family that loves Jesus and is leading them to follow in His footsteps. I’m excited to see what God has waiting for them in these next three years.

There’s never been a better time this year to make a gift to support children like Sujata, as all donations to ServLife this month are being matched up to $50,000. Please join me and make a gift today at servlife.org/100/ and double your impact around the world!

Posted on October 15, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

My 95 year-old grandma passed away at the end of last month, and it has hit me harder than I expected. She was an amazing role model and the matriarch of our family. She had the elegance of a queen and treated everyone like royalty. Her retirement was anything but, as she daily served her church and family. As her church transitioned from hymns to rock choruses, and an old, traditional building to a new modern building, she was leading the charge and continued to serve in the children’s ministry until she was no longer able.

Her life was marked by service because of the transformational love of Jesus. At her funeral, I sang these words from her favorite hymn, “Since I met this blessed Savior, since He cleansed and made me whole, I will never cease to praise Him, I’ll shout it while eternity rolls.” Her very life shouted this praise, and I want to follow in her footsteps.

I am convinced that everyone needs to meet this blessed Savior, and only He can make us whole. Thank you for joining ServLife in sharing the hope and restorative love of Jesus around the world. Your generous service has helped start new churches, send children to school and provide small business loans for families. Your support and service is a shout of praise and an investment in God’s kingdom.

May we live in grateful service to our Savior, and never cease to shout his praises through our life and lips.

Posted on September 21, 2018 | Tags: , , , ,


As many of you are getting back into the routine of a new school year, our pastoral training and equipping school is also underway. This year, fourteen students ages 22 to 42 are training to become pastors and launch new churches in remote villages throughout Nepal.

Every year ServLife hosts a pastor training school for three months to prepare the soon-to-be pastors for leading a congregation, teaching, preaching, and other responsibilities that come with being the spiritual head of a church.

We are excited to be growing the kingdom by partnering with such dedicated Christians. These pastors are on the cutting edge of the fastest growing extension of the body of Christ. Continue to pray for spiritual strength for these pastoral students.

Posted on August 31, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

When God’s will intersects our obedience, the love of Jesus is shared and God’s kingdom expands. We first see this in God’s church in the book of Acts. They gather together to worship and pray for Pentecost and receive the Holy Spirit. They learn to live in generous community, experience challenges and hardship, and eventually scatter. But when they scatter, the church doesn’t dwindle. It grows. And when they reunite to catch up, they tell amazing stories about what God was doing through them. God, and them, together. They “reported everything that God had accomplished through their activity” (Acts 14:27) and “gave a full report of what God had accomplished through their activity” (Acts 15:4). God was the one orchestrating it all, making it happen and accomplishing great things. But he was doing it through the activity of flawed human beings like me and you. And God continues to act in this way.

The book of Acts is peppered with obedient leaders like Priscilla, Paul, Mary and Stephen. But there were many less famous Christians like Timon, Parmenas, Lydia and countless unnamed church members who took action to be obedient to the call of Jesus to share the love of God, make disciples and teach the way of heaven.

Thank you for following the example of Paul, Lydia and Timon by showing and sharing the love of Jesus. Your partnership with ServLife International has helped start churches and spread the Gospel in remote villages where people have never heard the name of Jesus. You have helped rescue orphans and send children to school. You have empowered families on the brink of extreme poverty through small business loans. God is expanding His kingdom, giving hope and ending generational poverty through your generosity and obedience.

May we continue to be obedient to God’s call and leading so He can accomplish His purposes through our activity.

Posted on August 29, 2018 | Tags: , , , ,

Rachel Moss has been on ServLife’s USA staff the longest, at 8 years, and serves as our Office Manager. Heather Reid has been a volunteer, intern, part time staff and this August has become our Donor Relations Assistant. They sat down and interviewed each other about their jobs, hobbies and global destinations.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Heather: I’ve had pretty normal jobs, but I did house sit for people who had a pet skunk and they told me to feed it cheese, and I was terrified of it.

What is your favorite part about working for ServLife?
Rachel: For me, definitely the ministries all the pastors and families and kids we serve in India and Nepal. All those make it worth it. …I like that our office culture isn’t ‘oh we’re at work now,’ it’s real life. People have bad days and people have good days and I’ve always felt supported. We want you because you’re you, not solely because of what you can do.

Which of ServLife’s three ministries-pastor training, children’s program, and microfinance-make you the most excited?
Heather: The microfinance program. For my capstone I studied microfinance. I think it’s something that seeks a long term solution to a problem that humans haven’t totally decided if there is a solution to. I like that it is empowering to people. I like how involved they get to be in choosing their own path.

What is your favorite book and who inspires you?
Rachel: I don’t have any specific individuals who inspire me, but the types of people who inspire me are the ones who do hard things whether mentally or physically that is outside of the realm of us mere mortals. Seeing somebody who does something outside of themselves and most of the time they were thankful for their experiences. Like the authors of the Oxford English Dictionary, it took them 71 years. They sent out a newspaper ad for people to send in big or unusual words. The guy in the psychiatric ward loved books and contributed a lot of the words and the professor wrote the definitions. There’s a book, The Professor and the Madman, one of my favorite books and it makes you want to read the dictionary. I’m also inspired by things that are creative and new, so the time and magnitude of work. That book combines two of my favorite things.

Heather, you’ll be starting a new position with ServLife, tell us about that, and what in the new job that you’re excited about.
Heather: So my new position will be a combination of the position I’ve held for a year and a completely new position. My new role will be Donor Relations Assistant, which is a combination of the Executive Assistant position I’ve been filling for the last year and Sponsorship Coordinator which is a completely new facet.

I’m excited to not have my attention divided. Last year I was working and going to school, so I could only be giving my attention to my work for the 10 hours a week I was clocked in, but now working for ServLife will be my main thing. I’m also looking forward to going back to Nepal in November. I haven’t been since 2015 and this will be my third trip. Visiting Nepal the second time was felt like visiting an old friend. It was cool that I got to go a second time and now I’ll be going a third time and I expect that feeling to compound.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
Rachel: I really want to visit Antarctica. I watched a documentary about it a few years back, Antarctica: A Year on Ice. You maybe be wondering why… it’s not an open country; you have to have specific reasons to go. I’m not a scientist so I don’t have that going for me. But it’s a town with a food store. You either stay for 6 months or a year. Once winter hits, there’s no outside connection. The thing that makes me want to go is for the 6 months in the dark, you get to see the stars and it’s just beautiful and people read quite a bit because there’s nothing else to do. The only downside is you can’t bring any kids and I have two, so 20 years from now maybe I’ll go.

How have you been able to see God work in you during your journey from volunteer, to intern, to staff member?
Heather: God knew I would be here. Even three years ago when I was just coming back from Nepal I just thought ‘that was cool’ but God knew it would be a part of something bigger. The summer after my trip when I interned, I could look back and say ‘oh I see how that trip helped me get this internship,’ which is important for college students, but God knew that even that wasn’t the whole picture. This has been an ever unfolding adventure. Even when you don’t know or see or feel like God’s moving, he always is. Most of the isolated events in our lives aren’t just isolated events. God’s orchestrating this whole thing. I couldn’t have estimated the impact that trip in 2015 would have on my life at the time.

Rachel, what is your role with ServLife, and which program makes you the most excited?
Rachel: I’ve been with ServLife for 8 years. Now I am Office Manager. I take care of all our accounting and bookkeeping. I help manage some staff, volunteers and interns. I manage our database and help out whenever anyone has questions.

I love how the three different parts of ServLife work together, but I have a heart for kids. This past spring we had a number of students graduate, some who have been in the program for 12 plus years accomplish something they otherwise couldn’t is exciting for me. Getting to see them fulfill the potential that God has given them with the help of ServLife is why is one reason I keep coming back to work.

What is your favorite part about working for ServLife?
Heather: This is a good staff. We get stuff done; people care about their jobs and work with such great integrity; they care about this organization and the people they work with. I didn’t know I wanted to work with a nonprofit in college, but I really came to love ServLife and the staff was definitely a part of that for me.

Posted on August 3, 2018 | Tags: , , , , ,

“Why don’t you pray about ways you can get involved from Indianapolis?” Chandler’s mom asked after her daughter expressed an interest to go to Nepal and participate in God’s work there. After years of prayer and a mentor’s suggestion, Chandler got involved with ServLife, where she started the process of sponsoring a child across the globe and eventually traveled to Nepal and met her sponsored child.

As Chandler perused the ServLife website, she was overwhelmed by the number of children needing sponsors. She prayed, “God you know all of these children. Give me a sign – a shirt color – something for the child you want me to care for.”

And before Chandler finished praying, God softly answered her with one word, “Sharmila.”

Sharmila? Chandler had never heard of the name Sharmila. She entered the name in the search and found only one girl that matched in the result, and promptly sponsored her.

One year later, Chandler joined the Teacher Training Trip in Nepal. As she prepared to go, Chandler asked Tim, the trip leader, about Sharmila. “Can you find out where she is in Nepal?” Chandler asked, hoping to see her – however briefly. To her surprise out of the 360 children in sponsorship, Sharmila was one of 12 girls in the Orphanage in Kathmandu where the team would be visiting.

By her second night in Kathmandu, the child whose name God had given her more than a year ago was standing in front of her. Chandler and her teacher team ate dinner and spent the next morning in worship beside Sharmila at Church. Chandler and Sharmila’s older sister Salome, swapped stories about praying for sponsorship.

“That’s crazy that you heard her name,” said Salome. “Out of all the girls, she is the gentle one. When all the girls in the orphanage are playing, Sharmila is always praying.” While Chandler was in Indianapolis asking God for a name, Sharmila was in Kathmandu asking God for a sponsor.

Dozens of other boys and girls in Nepal are praying for someone to sponsor them. Click here to sponsor a child today!

Posted on July 19, 2018 | Tags: , , , , ,

Hebrews 11 is a hall of fame listing people with amazing faith. Abraham, Moses, Rahab, David, and more are mentioned. They were all people of great faith and obedience. And yet, “all of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them.” (Hebrews 11:13a)

This epic chapter starts by stating, “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.” And that proved true for all of these men and women. They had faith, obedience and hope, but did not see the fruit of everything they worked and longed for. It’s as if God cares more about the lead measures than the lag measures. To say it another way, God cares more about our obedience and character than the results of our labors and hopes. As a task driven, results oriented perfectionist, that is a tough reality for me. I want to see all the results of my hard work, but God just wants my faith and obedience, and to trust him with the rest. Therein lies the grinding growth of character and maturity.

Thank you for your faith and hope in God for a better life for families and children around the world, and for your obedience to join Him in taking the love of Jesus to unreached places. Because of your obedience and action, children have been rescued, churches have been started and families have been empowered. We see some of the fruits of our labor and investment, but have faith that God will exponentially increase this kingdom impact into a forest of faithfulness from our seeds of hope.

May we continue to act in faith and obedience even when we cannot see all the fruition of God’s promises to their full extent.

Posted on July 18, 2018 | Tags: , , , , ,

ServLife launched our work training pastors and caring for children in India over twenty years ago, and this July our India partner will pursue independence as a self sustaining ministry. Last June 2017, our Executive Director travelled to India solely to meet with our India partner, led by Albert Das, and his family and staff. He was joined by a missions pastor from California, who has been a long time partner and supporter of ServLife’s work in India. They all met and put together a unified plan for this transition, and summarized their conclusion in this way:

For 25 years Albert Das and ServLife Empowering Society have partnered with ServLife International to plant churches and care for children. Over 200 pastors have been trained and planted churches, over 100 children have been cared for and thousands of lives have been affected by this partnership! Albert and ServLife are beginning a transition to increased independence to create a legacy into the future. This will practically empower the ministry to be completely led by local Indians. The partnership is graduating into a friendship and launching Albert’s ministry to the next level of complete independence and autonomy. While the formal partnership is concluding at the end of June 2018, we hope the mutual friendship and encouragement will continue for years to come.

ServLife will continue to work in India with new partners, and we will have more announcements about that later this year. We are honored to have worked so long with Albert and his family, and grateful for the incredible work that they have done caring for children and training pastors. We are excited for this next chapter in Albert’s ministry, and invite you to pray for Albert and his family and staff during this transition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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