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In a continuing effort to cultivate self-sufficient churches and combat extreme poverty, ServLife’s Nepal partners are conducting a sewing training. This program provides women with specific sewing skills that open doors for them in the tailoring industry. According to Nepal Director Bekharaj, “This training is to strengthen the church planters’ wives by developing skills and sustaining themselves economically.”

Pastors’ wives are not the only ones taking advantage of this program. Bekharaj continues, “We also provide opportunities for single women, like widows, who are hopeless so that they can generate income for living without depending on others.” Twelve women, selected from a pool of twenty-seven applicants, traveled to Kathmandu for the sewing program.

The one month training, which started February 1st, focuses on sewing instruction. It also builds deeper relationships with Christ through Bible studies and spiritual formation. The skills and confidence they develop will provide these women with opportunities otherwise inaccessible to them. Bekharaj adds, “After the vocational training, some can start their own tailoring shop if they can afford it. Others may get hired as a worker in other tailoring shops. Some may even opt for an advanced training.”

For only $702 per woman, ServLive and its Nepali partners are educating and housing these twelve women for the month-long training. If you want to sponsor a Nepali woman or contribute to the training program, donate here and type “sewing training” in the comments field.

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

Twelve pastors graduated from ServLife’s Pastor Training School last fall. They learned how to share the Gospel, teach the Bible, disciple others and generally how to run a church. Nepal Director Bekharaj shares, “We should train leaders so they can also train in their church and they can train their disciples.”

The main agent of change in India and Nepal is local churches. Though they may face persecution from the government or local villagers, they cannot wait to share God’s transformative, healing power as they have each experienced it.

“I’ll be the first person to share the Gospel in this place and that’s the reason I’m so excited. I want to share what I’ve learned here,” says one of the new graduates, Pastor Tamang. Tamang became a Christian after being prayed for and healed of leprosy at his local church. He was the only Christian in his family until he came to the pastor training school. He learned how to share Christ with his parents, and they are now believers. Now Pastor Tamang wants to share the Gospel with anyone he can.

The other graduates have similar stories and just as much passion for sharing the Gospel. It’s through local pastors that villagers will hear about God’s love. Former graduates have gone on to pastor large churches and send out pastors from their church, which is why Christianity is growing in Nepal faster than anywhere else. “Our one desire is to see the healthy church in Nepal,” Director Bekharaj shares. “That’s why we train leaders and pastors.”

Posted on January 26, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

When I ask one of my children sitting on the couch to do something, they often grunt an “okay” and remain glued to their digital device. After a minute if they are still hypnotized by the internets, I’ll say their name and tell them, “Get up.” Once they stand, they quickly and finally obey the task I gave them. But they have to get up first.

In John 14 Jesus assures his disciples, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in me.” He highlights their potential impact beyond their comprehension, “I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these…” He assures them that he will never leave them but his Spirit will always remain. He grants them his peace and pledges to grant prayer requests consistent with his will. Then finally, he looks at his disciples, stands up and says, “Get up. Let’s go.”

Sometimes I am paralyzed too. I feel stuck or overwhelmed or just apathetic about the overwhelming needs of this world. What possible difference can I make, and how could I possibly do “even greater works” than Jesus? I can’t do it. I want to bail. I want to give up. Then Jesus calls, “Adam, get up. Let’s go.” And I take the first step.

Thank you for answering God’s call in small and large ways, and for taking steps to bring the Gospel and God’s love to churches, children and families on the other side of the world. You’ve helped start churches in remote villages that had never heard of Jesus. You’ve sent children to school that never would have made it on their parents’ income alone. You’ve empowered families through small business loans to escape extreme poverty. Thank you for answering Jesus’ invitation to get up and go.

Posted on January 25, 2018 | Tags: , , , , ,

Matthew 1:23 reads, “A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will call him, Emmanuel.” There are many names and nicknames for God found in the bible, and my favorite has long been “Emmanuel,” meaning “God with us.” The story of God starting in Genesis is like many different religions, with a powerful, distant god. But then God comes down into his creation, walking and talking in the garden with Adam and Eve. This is a different sort of god. This God is present with us.

I’ve had a number of times where my life has been turned upside down. Moving away from childhood friends. My mother passing away. Leaving a job I loved. And every time the only constant was the presence of Jesus. He is my comfort. He is with me.

Thank you for being with orphans around the world. Your investment in pastors helps them share the presence of Jesus in remote villages. Your empowerment not only helps people physically, but allows many to discover Emmanuel for the first time.

May we always be reminded that God is with us and never leaves us. And may we share this hope without reserve.

Posted on December 14, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

In Matthew 22 a lawyer approaches Jesus and asks what the most important law is. What does it all boil down to? What is the most important command in the entire bible? Jesus quotes Deuteronomy and Leviticus in a one-two punch of pentateuch proportions, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love God. Love people. That’s it. That’s what it all boils down to and should be the primary focus and aim of our lives. This axis of love prioritizes our lives, and the first informs the second. As we spend time in our loving relationship with God, he clarifies our mission to love others, to love our neighbor, to love strangers. Our “neighbor” is the family living next door and the family living on the other side of the world. Romans 12:13 and Hebrews 13:2 use the Greek word “philoxenia” which means showing love and hospitality to strangers.

I am grateful that you have embraced loving God and others, and have shown love to strangers on the other side of the world. Your love and investment has started churches in remote villages, provided education and care for children and orphans, and empowered families to escape extreme poverty through small business loans. Thank you for your love and generosity.

May we love God and others well, embracing both our next door neighbor and the stranger on the other side of the world.

Posted on October 13, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , ,

Sanu, like many children in Nepal, was not afforded the opportunities every child deserves. Her parents moved to Kathmandu from their home in rural western Nepal in hopes of finding stable work. Her father found a job stitching clothing in a local shop. While it provided some income, his tireless work was not enough to fully support his wife and two daughters, and certainly did not allow them to pay the fees required to send the girls to school.

One day, Udaya Bhatta, Director of ServLife’s children’s ministry in Nepal, visited the family, and was struck by how meager their living conditions were. He knew he had to help ease their burden. “When I saw their house and their standard of living,” he recalls, “they were very poor and they had no food and other things were there, so I thought we can help with educational support for their children.” Udaya offered Sanu and her sister a scholarship so they could attend school, and her family gladly accepted.

Today, Sanu is in eighth grade and thriving. She loves the challenge of math, and when she is not studying or helping her parents, she is playing badminton and soccer. One day, she plans on using her education and life experience as a social worker, offering to others the same support that gave her the education she deserves.

The scholarships have also brought some financial relief to her family. Her father was recently able to save up and open his own sewing shop, increasing their income to a more sustainable level. Life is still far from easy, but the family sees hope, hope to break the ties of generational poverty. When asked about his dreams for his daughters, Sanu’s father reflected, “For them to have good jobs. That is what we hope.” Their hard work and the help of a ServLife scholarship put that hope well within reach.

For now though, Sanu is going to enjoy studying, playing and being a teenager, just like every child deserves.

Posted on October 13, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

In the rural village of Thingan, Nepal, a small loan can go a long way. For the past seven years, ServLife’s microfinance program has been empowering families to escape extreme poverty by offering small, low interest loans to jump start family businesses. The village, which lies 28 miles south of Kathmandu, is dominated by agriculture. Most of the 365 households make a living through planting crops, raising livestock or running small shops.

Of those 365 households, 39 have already received a loan through the program and have begun moving out of poverty. Narayan, the village’s first recipient of a microloan, struggled for years to care for his family of seven. When he received a $900 loan, he purchased two buffaloes and began making butter to sell. The small business took off almost immediately, providing $400 a month, enough income to meet family’s needs and pay off the loan ahead of schedule.

Sita, one of the program’s most recent loan recipients, has seen success after only a month. After purchasing a buffalo, she has already seen a return on investment. “Since the beginning of the loan we have been making about eight dollars per day. We are getting lots of benefit now!” she reflects.

Ginger farming has also been a successful investment for several villagers. Padam, a local farmer, is about to see his first harvest. “I took the loan just a few months ago,” he notes. “Everything is now going well. Once I harvest, I am going to sell all my ginger to the market shops. When we received the loan, it helped us to work on a larger scale, so it really benefitted our family more.”

Krishna, another local ginger farmer, has seen the loan meet the needs of his wife and six kids. “It helps our family a lot, especially to buy food for the family,” he said.

The loans have been a small but impactful act of love in Thingan, and no one knows it better than its first recipient. Seven years after his loan, Narayan looks back on how the program has transformed the village. “Before microfinance, people were poor. They didn’t have money but after microfinance, they have money now. They can take care of their families. They can send their children to school.”

Posted on October 5, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

When it comes to building global community, there is perhaps no better example than Mary Davis. When Mary passed away in 2014, she left a legacy of compassion, advocacy and selflessness. An attorney in Cleveland, she heard about ServLife in 2009 at Church of the Good Shepherd. She was so moved by the people of Nepal and ServLife’s microfinance program, that she soon began traveling to Thingan, Nepal and helped raise enough money to bring the microfinance program to the small village.

As a longtime partner with ServLife, Mary built lasting and loving relationships with her brothers and sisters in Nepal. Recently, several members of her Nepali family reflected on the impact she had on their lives.

Udaya Bhatta, Director of ServLife’s Nepal children’s ministry, remembers Mary with admiration. “Mary Davis was a loving lady, a godly lady. She had a godly heart,” he reflects.

From the time he first met Mary, he knew her love for Nepal was deeply sincere. “When she saw our children’s ministry here in Nepal, she really wanted to help more,” he said. “From then on, she started loving Nepal. She went to Thingan and she saw the poor families. I think she felt that from the bottom of her heart.”

For Udaya, Mary’s legacy is clear. “So many things I have learned from her. But one thing is…the vision that ServLife has, she had the same vision, building a global community.”

Ratna Ghale, ServLife’ pastor in Thingan, remembers her like family. “After Mary’s last visit, we heard that she had passed away,” he said. “It was very hard for us to believe because she became part of our family. Whenever she came here she stayed with us. She didn’t demand anything we didn’t have. She lived like we live here. She was like family to us.” This spirit of humility and equality is a true embodiment of all that ServLife does.

For Narayan Ghale, Mary’s life had a very tangible impact. He was the first recipient of a microloan after Mary helped raise funds for the program. “She was so compassionate for this village,” he remembers. “That’s why she brought up the idea of the loan for this village. Through her, we are so blessed.”

Now, when he looks around Thingan, he sees Mary’s legacy everywhere. “Before microfinance, people were poor. They didn’t have money but after microfinance, they have money now. They can take care of their families. They can send their children to school.”

Adam Nevins, Executive Director of ServLife, sees in Mary a life worth imitating. “Mary could have been focused on making big money as a lawyer. She could have been focused on the numbers as a donor. But she cared more about people than anything. She was a personal inspiration, and I want to be like Mary.”

“Mary had enough ‘can-do’ spirit to travel to Nepal, the world’s rooftop, to meet the people helped by the micro-loans from our donations,” Mary’s friend Carol Diedrichs-Himes reflects. “Mary was [an] irresistible force. No immovable objects could endure. And even now, she’s still a trailblazer, going ahead of us to heaven. Someday when we step across that threshold into The Light, guess who will have organized the welcoming committee on the other side.”

The ripples of Mary’s life are still felt around the world. She lived boldly, humbly and with boundless compassion. May we each have the courage to be like Mary.

Posted on September 29, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

Pastor Ratna knows that faith and hope are often cultivated slowly. His life and his church bear witness to this. Twelve years ago, while Ratna was in school, he was introduced to the way of Jesus. After school, he eagerly returned to his village with new found faith. As he shared the message of Jesus, a small fellowship of believers emerged.

However, they soon discovered a problem. “There was no leader,” Ratna reflects. “I was the one who explained to them about Christianity even though I didn’t know a lot about it. But slowly the people grew in faith.” Together, the church learned what it means to follow Jesus. Soon, Ratna partnered with ServLife to receive pastoral training, and officially became the pastor of their church. What started with an encounter with Jesus led to an entire community of faith.

The slow cultivation of hope can be seen throughout their community. Tara came to Jesus, and Ratna’s church, after her son fell ill. At the age of two, he mysteriously began shivering, shaking and falling down frequently. Local doctors tried treating the symptoms, but he found no relief. When medicine failed, Tara turned to a witch doctor, who offered them only bad news. “He said the reason this happened was because a god is angry with us,” Tara recalls. “After he told us that, we did everything the witch doctor asked us to do but nothing changed, nothing helped.”

Running out of hope, Tara heard of a small community of Christians in the village, and brought her son to Pastor Ratna’s church for prayer. “He didn’t suddenly heal, but the situation changed,” she remembers. “We could see that the boy is different.” Slowly, his symptoms lessened and he regained strength.

The experience led Tara to Jesus, and showed her that, contrary to the witch doctor’s advice, she and her son are loved deeply by God. She can look back and see how far they have come. “Life also changed very much because of my child’s improvement. I am a Sunday School teacher now and serving the Lord in this church.”

Twelve years after Ratna first brought the message of Jesus, hope is still being cultivated.Ratna, Tara and the rest of the church continue to faithfully shine light in dark places, offering love, healing and community to all who seek it.

Posted on September 22, 2017 | Tags: , , ,

At the end of Psalm 27, David writes, “Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!” But he doesn’t write this from a mountaintop moment; he writes it in the middle of being pursued by enemies, shut out from the house of the Lord, having just parted from his father and mother, and being subject to slander. In the midst of these challenges, he turns to God as his source of strength and hope.

When I face challenges I am tempted to turn to Netflix, my guitar, ice cream and other vices. But nothing satisfies to give strength and hope like Jesus. I feel like I relearn this lesson over and over, and am grateful for God’s patience and acceptance. And amid the struggles of this ever changing world I have found Jesus to be the one and only constant and comfort.

Through your partnership with ServLife, you are helping to share this hope and strength with people in India and Nepal that desperately need it. Yes, we are helping in physical ways by feeding children, providing business loans and more, but at the core of everything we do is sharing the love and hope of Jesus. Thank you for being a part of this global community to have a transformative impact on pastors, children and families in India and Nepal!

May we find our hope and strength in Jesus, and generously share this hope with others.

Posted on September 21, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

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