With 95% of Nepal’s indigenous people groups considered unreached, we believe partnering with the Global Church to bring the gospel to these communities is not only invaluable, it’s critical!
We also believe addressing physical brokenness creates fertile ground for spiritual transformation. This holistic approach to ministry is our focus as we partner with local leaders in Nepal to build relationships, serve rural communities, and plant churches where there are none.
Our local partners
Our local partners in Nepal, a husband-and-wife team, have been an integral part of the Mission ONE family since 2009. They are uniquely equipped with a deep understanding of the cultural and religious dynamics that shape the lives of the Nepalese people.
In a conversation regarding this holistic approach to ministry, they explained the heart behind how and why they seek to share the gospel with rural villages.
First, they pointed to the scripture in John 10:10, where Jesus proclaims, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Reflecting on the life of Jesus, they noted that he not only came to give abundant life spiritually, but also to address physical needs. He fed the hungry, healed the sick, performed miracles, and attended to various needs. Through these acts of restoration, Jesus gave us a glimpse of the Kingdom of God here on Earth.
They also emphasized the importance of connecting with others by acknowledging our shared physical needs. In a country where Christianity is perceived as a foreign religion, demonstrating an understanding of our shared humanity helps dispel misconceptions. Rather than seeing Christianity primarily as a Western religion and difficult to relate to, allowing space for trust to be built and deep connections to take root creates a solid foundation, not only for the gospel to be shared, but also to show that God cares deeply about both our spiritual and physical needs.
How we do this
The first step in this process, aside from prayer and seeking wisdom from the Lord, is building relationships in the village we’re serving. We don’t want to just tell them about Jesus, we want to show them that his love is real in the way we engage, serve, and meet their needs. However, the only way to be in a place to do that, is by first earning trust through intentional relationships.
In this process, we also access what the real needs are and also what resources are already available. We communicate with those in the community and other leaders and local churches to determine what’s most needed and what steps need to be taken to move forward.
Whether it involves education, health, agriculture, or vocational training, together, we’re seeking to transform communities to look more like the Kingdom by tangibly sustaining remote villages through the local church.
This is a long-term investment
We know community-wide transformation takes time. We don’t just want to serve and reach unreached people groups today, we want to ensure this ministry is supported in the decades to come.
One of the initiatives born from our partnership in Nepal is the coffee project, which aims to bring long-term financial sustainability to this ministry. Our first step will be to purchase the land which we are gearing up to do very soon. From there, we will lay the groundwork and begin planting the seeds to officially launch this project. We will yield the first harvest in 3-4 years, and the coffee will be sold in the local market and distributed internationally. The income generated from this project will be reinvested back into the ministry of reaching unreached people groups across Nepal.
The vision for this project extends beyond mere cultivation. It intends to become a model for the local communities and missionaries, teaching them the process of growing coffee in their own fields. By sharing this knowledge, locals and church leaders will have the opportunity to earn a dignified wage and support their families and their ministries, fostering a sense of sustainability in their lives.
We can’t wait to see how God uses the coffee project to expand his Kingdom. Thank you for your partnership in this work. Because of you, we’re able to share the hope and love of God with those who have never heard the gospel before.
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