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Mercy and I came to Nepal as missionaries soon after our marriage. We stayed in villages as teachers. This helped us to learn Nepali language and to be accustomed with Nepali culture. In those days travelling, medical and communication facilities were quite difficult to avail. But we experienced God's wonderful providence. Strangely enough, the Maoist insurgency - that left about 13000 people dead and many more handicapped and displaced, caused destruction of property worth billions - started just two months after our arrival.
As the years passed I found out that there is a great need of a place for informal learning - a contact centre for the widely scattered Christians - a house that produces quality spiritual literature and a centre to mobilize evangelization. Because most of the Christians are of the first generation, most of the pastors and leaders are with little or no training and there was scarcity of Christian literature. With these motives in mind and with prayer, I started Logos Library in 2003 February. In the course of time evangelization programmes, film show programmes, teaching programmes all started. As a result of this zealous evangelization programme a congregation of believers was formed in a village called Bhojad. Since we do not have a church planting ministry, this congregation will be handed over to a church planting mission for ecclesiastical overseeing. We expect more congregations like this in other villages also in the near future. Another programme of Logos library is Christian film shows in the villages. Hundreds gather to watch these shows and they come to know about Jesus. We are planning to make Christian films based on the testimonies of first generation Christians. Another programme of Logos library is a Christian quarterly "LOGOS (VACHAN)". From the beginning of Christianity in Nepal, Christians were a scattered group. I hope this quarterly will help in promoting a sense of unity and strength in the Christian community.
The workload is growing, so also is the grace of our Lord. I solicit your prayers for the strength and wisdom for each and every one of us to fulfill the ministry God has given us.
Nepal lies between India and China, in the lap of the Himalayas.
One of the least developed infrastructures of the world, is found in Nepal, a country which is mostly hilly or mountainous. Until recently, Christianity was not recognized as a legitimate faith by the government, and conversions are still discouraged in this former Hindu kingdom. Evangelism work started in the 1950s here.
In 2008 Nepal became a secular Republic.
Population according to last census is around 24.2 million. Christians constitute around 2% of it (exact statistics are not available).
Nepal follows a different calendar. According to that calendar the current year is 2067. New year starts at middle of April. This year it is April 14.
In Nepal Saturday is the public holiday, not Sunday. So most churches conduct weekly worship on Saturdays.
World's highest peak Mt. Everest is in Nepal.
Nepal time is +0545 GMT
STATEMENT OF FAITH
I believe in one God who expressed Himself eternally in three persons – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, in his virgin birth, in his atonement death on the cross and in his resurrection from the dead.
I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And that all the gifts are not intended for everybody.
I believe that the Bible is the infallible word of God.
I believe in the second coming of Jesus, in the final judgment and in eternal life.
I accept that there are many traditions (denominations) in the church, the body of Christ.
My vision and prayer is to establish a Christian library in Nepal and to run various Gospel oriented programmes through the library. The library is in its initial stages. My church activities are mostly connected with village churches in their beginning stages.
1) Three issues of Logos(Vachan) quarterly have been discontinued. Please pray to resume publication.
2) More books and furniture are needed for library. Please pray.
3) Prayer requested for printing 10000 tracts in Nepali.
Memories - 1
We crossed the boarder of Nepal with a missionary friend on Dec.1, 1995. Stayed some days with that friend and then joined a small private school as teachers in a village called Bairagnath. The first problem we encountered was language. Few people could understand English and we knew no Nepali except for some salutation words. Buying and travelling were big problems. There was a small church in that village. The believers in that church helped us to adjust.
But my biggest embarrassment came when the pastor of the church asked my full name in one of the evening meetings. Till then they knew me by my short pet name 'Sam'. But they were curious to know my full name because here in Nepal everybody is known by his own name and caste name. Even after becoming Christians they retain their caste names. It was strange for them that a man to be known by only one name. That is why they asked. And when I told my name all of them burst into a big laughter.
Later I found out that my father's name 'Chacko'(Jacob) added to my own name after the custom of my native place, has a different meaning in Nepali language. It means the buttocks! After that I was very careful in disclosing my full name to people. Whenever I had to do so, I saw that peculiar smile on the hearer's face.
You can imagine how difficult it is to live in a place with such a strange name. But sometimes our Lord demands us to adjust with such circumstances. I am happy because it is for Him who endured unimaginable abuses for me.
Memories - 2
Many a time I have heard that Christianity is a cow eating religion (that means eating the flesh of cow) by the Hindus in Nepal. In close observation I realized that it is not because they are really eating beef (beef is not available in Nepal, too). It is the product of a kind of alienation generated between a person becoming Christian and others in the society.
In a country like Nepal almost all social customs and events are related to the religion of the land - marriage, birth, death, feasts and festivals, names and many others. Because of their religious connections and meanings, a Christian finds it difficult to follow and participate in them. Others then feel that he/she belongs to another culture. This sometimes ends in harsh remarks like 'cow eating' (one of the meanest things according to Nepali culture).
A missionary must be aware of this fact. It is very important for a missionary from another culture. The success of reaching the community depends a lot upon the fact that how much one can reduce this alienation without sacrificing Christian truths.
Memories - 3
As soon as we started living in the village, we found out that a lot of things were quite different from what we used to. We quickly managed to adjust with the food habits and dress style. However we were not able to adjust with the way of having bath. In the villages they take bath once in a week. The smell in class rooms and public transport vehicles was sometimes stinking.
When we learned enough Nepali, the difference in habits and customs was a subject at occasional chats with the local people. Of course we were proud about our own culture. But I had a vague feeling that something was wrong, though I was not able to filter it out.
In the third year of our ministry in Nepal I happened to read a book written by Dr. Thomas Hale. He had been a missionary surgeon in Nepal long before we came here. In that book "Don't Let the Goats Eat the Loquat Trees" he wrote that to become a successful missionary one should leave all the feelings and ideas about the superiority of his own culture, tradition and customs at home and then only go to the mission field.
I realized my mistake. In recent years we acknowledge that a lot of things in Nepali culture are far better than our own.
Sometimes missionaries find it very difficult to adjust with the new surroundings. Instead of changing themselves they then try to change the society. In most cases they become successful; especially in dress, food , the way of celebrating occasions etc. This in turn provocates the orthodox people in the society. They accuse the missionaries demolish the identity of their society by changing age old customs.
In this context the words of Apostle Paul are very significant (1 Cor: 9:19-22) "To the Jews I became like a Jew...To those not having the law I became like one not having the law....To the weak I became weak... I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some."
We need a lot of prayer and wisdom to distinguish between what to change and how and when.
Land mail : Logos Library, P.O. Box No. 78, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal 44200
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