What are the goals for your work in Nepal?
We don’t want to replicate the work that is more suited for a larger organization. We do, however, want the work to do lasting good on every trip by working and supporting the church in Nepal .
The church in Nepal is growing rapidly. The church association we have been working with, the NCFN, has over 4,000 churches and is planting one church per month.
Our goal is to build relationships with church leaders to listen and learn how small teams can help and support church growth.
To-date, we have partnered to put on 3 conferences: one specifically for women, one specifically for men, and another for several churches in the Kathmandu area. Working along-side Nepali Christian leadrers we provide Christian education, worship, and a chance to bring Christians together who are generally isolated.
Why aren’t you working through an established organization?
The relationships we have built have been directly with Christians in Nepal and with a church association called the NCFN. The NCFN has over 4,000 churches and is planting one church per month. We have worked through an organization in the past, however, that organization had some significant internal changes that has prompted us to look for another organization to partner with.
Can I see a breakdown of your budget?
You can see a breakdown four our October 2013 trip here.
What do you do with any extra funds that you don’t use on the trip?
Through experience on past trips, we find that our budgets are fairly accurate to actual expenses. Any extra funds will be donated to the church we are working with and to the orphanage where we will be staying a portion of the trip.
What types of things will you be doing in the future?
Since the first time I went to Nepal, I have formed a relationship with a Nepali believer with a business background. I have always been impressed by his faithfulness, generosity, and intelligence. We have been creating a plan to start groups within Nepali churches to learn about small business growth, personal finance, ethics, and discipleship.
Another idea we are kicking around is bringing local church leaders to help Nepali churches establish policies for church structure, accountabilities, and finances.
Coffee production in Nepal has been encouraged by the United Nations and is showing promise as a way for farmers to make more money than current crops they are growing. It seems that Nepal has good growing conditions and the right altitudes for coffee production. I have connections in Denver with roasters and coffee shops who have expressed an interest in carrying Nepali coffee (provided the quality is good). On the next trip, I will be visiting at least one coffee farm and bringing back coffee to sample with local roasters.
We have been asked to provide medical/dental/eye camps to allow people from all over the region to come and get basic health treatments and hygiene instruction. This is outside our capabilities and connections but we would love to facilitate this in the future.