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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on July 6, 2018 |

ServLife’s calling is to work in the most marginalized places in the world, which often results in pushback socially, religiously and politically. In the last few months we have faced increasing challenges as Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs has setup a new layer of regulations for nongovernmental organizations in order to monitor their work more closely.

The four new regulations are as follows:

1. Nonprofits must report details of property ownership
2. Nonprofits are now required to report financial status and progress reports to the government every four months (instead of every year as had previously been the requirement)
3. Any organization that has not renewed registration in the last three years will forfeit their ability to operate in Nepal.
4. Nonprofits will now need to register as a separate organization for each district they operate in.

The new regulations largely target organizations that focus on rights, policies, and advocacy. This increased reach of the government is a manifestation of Nepal’s long existing fear of foreign influence in their country. Nepal prides itself in being the only country in its region to not have been formally colonized. That being said, these new regulations will affect ServLife’s work in Nepal as we adjust to the new laws. Fortunately, we are only affected by one of these changes, but will now have to incorporate in every district where we operate. This will increase overhead costs, and as a result, many nonprofits in Nepal are ceasing or decreasing their activity throughout the country.

We do not currently plan to cease or decrease our work in Nepal. In all things, we believe that God is in control of what happens in India and Nepal. We will proceed prayerfully with open hands and faithful determination. ServLife is happy to be a tool that God uses, but we believe that people will hear the gospel no matter what.

Posted on July 5, 2018 | Tags: , , , ,

A healthy church needs a strong pastor and strong congregation that will support the church and tend to its needs. In addition to the annual Pastors’ Conference, ServLife hosts an annual one-month lay leaders training. Seventeen men and women traveled from all over Nepal to attend the training in Kathmandu this April.

The purpose of the training was to train emerging leaders how best to support their pastors in different ministerial capacities. There were 12 specific topics covered: personal spiritual growth, worship, signs of a healthy church, the role of youth in the church, Christian family, Christian ethics, Christian history, how to prepare a sermon, holistic ministry, how to walk through the Bible, Christian leadership, and forgiveness.

One of the students, Ranga, shared, “I had not imagined I would learn so many different topics within one month… We all have been encouraged to assist our pastor in different ways and we definitely want to contribute in the ministry as much as we can. Whatever we have learned here we want to share in church and teach about it to glorify God.”

Students have returned to their home churches encouraged and equipped. They have a new understanding of servant leadership, and some have resolved to start new Bible studies in their churches or share the Gospel in new ways and places.

Leaders of the conference ask that people pray the graduates will glorify God in their support of his ministries, that God will raise up “Joshuas” for his chosen “Moseses”, and that God will be preparing the hearts of future pastors.

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

My wife, Christin, ran her first marathon last year. She didn’t realize she could actually run a marathon until the day of the run. “You rely on all the history, all the previous runs and training that gets you to that point to give you the confidence to go the full distance,” Christin shares.

Galatians 6:9-10 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good… Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Doing good and loving people well is an intellectual, emotional and spiritual marathon. Faithfulness in service is difficult in our culture of self, and it takes true endurance to sustain service.

Thank you for taking action to live a life of faithful service, doing “good to all people.” Your generosity with your time, treasure and talent transforms lives and restores hope to people you know in your town and others around the world. Let’s keep it up, and run further than we ever thought possible!

Christin reflects, “My biggest take away from the marathon is that people are capable of far more than they realize.”

May we not grow weary in doing good to all people with our time, money and skills, and go the full distance with confidence.

Posted on June 2, 2018 | Tags: , , ,

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