Pastors’ jobs, among other things, are to tend to others spiritual needs through teaching and encouragement. But they also have spiritual needs of their own. In no place is spiritual wellness of more importance than in the fastest growing Christian population in the world: Nepal.
In March of 2018, over ninety pastors and their families gathered for ServLife’s annual Pastors’ Conference in Pokhara, Nepal. Pastors from all over the country came to share about God’s faithfulness, encourage one another, worship corporately, and hear teaching. Nepal Director Bekharaj says, “Pastors feel blessed and say that this is a really refreshing time for them.”
The theme of the conference centered around faithfulness from Luke 16:10a, “Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much.”
For pastors in villages that have almost no other Christian leaders, it can feel like they are on their own. Bekharaj explains, “[many of the pastors] serve in remote places and sometimes they didn’t find people to share their burden.” It can feel discouraging when there are very few Christians in ones village, but the pastors were told to take heart and know that God sees their small acts of faithfulness.
The goal of the conference was to encourage these hardworking pastors and to show them that their work is not in vain and they are not alone. Being faithful in the small things can feel like a burden, but it is not fruitless, especially in Nepal.
These leaders are on the front lines of God’s kingdom come in Nepal, and the pastors were refreshed and encouraged. Bekharaj reflects, “We praise God for this opportunity.”