Areas of Ministry
The primary project on the mission field of Nepal is the Christian orphanage in the valley of Kathmandu. At present, there are 23 children staying in the orphanage. In addition to Hannah and Emmanuel, there are four local workers taking care of the children.
Because of the civil war that lasted for years there are a lot of orphans in Nepal. When Emmanuel began planting churches in Nepal in the year 2000 he started getting messages about these orphan children and their unfortunate fates from the pastors of the churches he planted. After the deaths of their parents, many of these children have become victims of various kinds of abuse.
Now the children live in the orphanage where they receive a Christian upbringing and study at school in their local language. Many of them have done very well – some are even top-class students. We hope to expand the orphanage since there are still many orphans in need of safety, food and education around the regions of the churches.
You have an opportunity to participate in helping these children by becoming a sponsor. The sponsoring fee for a child is 55€/month.
For more information, please contact Nepal’s Sponsoring Secretary Virva: +358 40 715 5351, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For helping Nepali women and disabled men we have started a handicrafts training center. The profit received from the center is used to help these people.
At the center, we have taught handicrafts, how to make various pieces of jewelry and how to use a sewing machine.
The clothes made in these courses have been donated to the poor and sold to support the work. We have also partnered with a local school in such a manner that those participating in the courses have sewed school uniforms for the school children. Some pieces of jewelry have been on sale at One Way’s conferences also here in Finland.
As is the case in many developing countries so also in Nepal the disabled are in a vulnerable state. A disabled person is a burden to the family. Making ends meet is difficult enough in Nepal and a disabled person is seen as an added and unwanted strain. For this reason, they often end up being excluded from society.
In 2007, Emmanuel began holding separate meetings for disabled men. Since many of them have families to take care of they have also been taught to do handicrafts and sewing so that they could earn wages for their families.
The meetings have improved their self-esteem and learning a new profession has helped them to earn a living. A drastic change in the attitudes of society, however, is needed in order for the state of disabled people to really improve. These men who are striving to live independently can do their part in making this happen.
An essential area of ministry is supporting pastors and planting new churches. Emmanuel has been giving counsel and supporting evangelists in the planting of 13 churches already. Many local pastors have had to pay dearly for following Jesus. Their families have rejected them, they have been imprisoned and mistreated and their places of worship have been blown up.
Despite these pressures, the pastors have continued their work faithfully. Churches have also met secretly in homes when necessary and changed the place of meeting time after time.
After starting the churches Emmanuel has continued his support to the pastors and evangelists by giving from his own resources, visiting them and teaching them. Because converting people into Christianity and baptizing new believers has been prohibited in Nepal, Emmanuel has borne the main responsibility especially for baptizing which can lead even to a six-year prison sentence.
Even common people living in the countryside have difficulties in supporting their families and for this reason, many of them are going to work in India. Pastors who travel widely through difficult terrain to minister to their churches don’t have such an opportunity. This is why it is one of our missions to support these pastors and their families.