Blessings in The Name of Jesus; the King of His great Kingdom!
Judith and I are praying for you, and are grateful that you have a part in making this ministry in Nepal and India possible. We believe in God’s reward for each of you, as you so faithfully partner with us.
During January, we traveled to India for the South India Conference, as well as to dedicate a new church building funded by the NC Conference. We ministered in multiple locations throughout South India and held trainings for our pastors in the Western Conference.
The Western Conference in India began working in the state Rajasthan and parts of Madhya Pradesh. In Tony’s recent ministry trip to Madhya Pradesh, the lives of several leaders, pastors, and young people were touched. Tony has a pastors and leaders meeting scheduled in the city of Indore during the month of May. These ministry opportunities help us connect with several pastors who are interested in affiliating/partnering with the IPHC.
Meanwhile, in the state of Maharashtra, District Coordinator Pastor David Lobo has initiated various social outreach programs. These include nutrition, adult literacy, and women empowerment programs. This provides the church an opportunity to go and share the love of Christ to those people and places, where no one else would otherwise go. Please continue to pray for the church in India!
Back in Kathmandu Valley, we had our first School of Ministry with Dr. Harold and Anna Dalton. They did an excellent job and were received well by all who attended the two-day school. Dr. Dalton also preached at one of our 1,000 member churches about Pentecost. The church was filled with clapping and celebration as they learned about our heritage.
Pastor Shyam, who is one of our IPHC pastors here in Nepal, started a church two years ago in a mountain village. To reach this church, it requires a four-hour walk, with no road access. As of today, this church has grown to 22 believers. It has metal poles and a tin roof as the beginning structure. They are in the process of bringing rocks from the creek below, which takes five to six hours to carry from the rock bed, to build the flooring and walls of the church. Pastor Shyam is 70 years old and helped carry rocks up the mountain. He and his sons have built and completed several other churches from their own church building funds and hard work.
Pastors Bhim and church planter, Gyan, are in a storefront church that now has 28 members.
Russell and Sandra Board held a training here in Kathmandu during March. They were a blessing to each of our leaders and to our missionary team as well.
Discipleship – This year, under the leadership of Chase Granstaff, we began training eight facilitators to start Schools of Ministry in their respective churches. These facilitators will train ministers, lay people, and leaders in various courses. We are duplicating this training to be distributed in the other provinces (states), as well.
Province directors and pastor advisory teams are being trained to provide IPHC Nepal leadership. These leaders are taught to work within all 200 churches.
Growth is taking place through church affiliation, church planting, and training in several areas of ministry. We have “inquiry meetings” to allow new pastors to know the IPHC Nepal and IPHC World Missions Ministries.
1) The team has several inquiry meetings planned in the months ahead, in four different locations. We are expecting over 100 pastors to attend. We need favor and provision for these very strategic meetings.
2) The unreached people groups: we currently have more than 20 of these groups represented in our churches, there is a potential to work through the pastors and members to reach more of these groups.
3) Funds are needed to help with new church plant projects.
4) Pray for the effectiveness of all trainings: for pastors, worship leaders, and other leadership positions, as well as for church planting, discipleship, Schools of Ministry, and ministerial credentialing.
Danny & Judith Williams