Clinic Refreshes Pastors, Builds Networking Bonds
Typical village where indigenous missionaries are bringing the Gospel
With purpose and passion they rescue young girls from prostitution rings, preach through persecution, plant churches, and visit villages that are like “a hell kingdom” because of the domineering control of the local monastery.
Native missionaries in Nepal don´t hold back in the work of God´s Kingdom. But they do grow weary. Strength rises as they wait upon the Lord.
Seeking to connect, encourage and empower pastors for the myriad challenges they encounter daily, a ministry is hosting pastors and their wives for a weekend of restoration each month. The Pastor´s Clinic draws together 10 to 15 pastoral couples to share one another´s burdens, pray over each other and receive training in the Word. Each month, a new group attends the meetings, and they return to their home churches and village outreaches refreshed and rejuvenated.
“This is a place where pastors and leaders gather and pray for each other, share the load of weariness, and find freedom from spiritual and physical burdens,” said Anna, a ministry leader. “A healthy minister means a healthy ministry!”
Anna has worked with Christian Aid for several years, helping to seek out, evaluate, introduce and report on many smaller indigenous ministries in Nepal. She established an umbrella organization to support small ministries in strategic areas needing structure and guidance. With assistance sent through Christian Aid, this ministry oversees, coordinates, and promotes native missionaries and helps them move forward.
With an opportunity to gather, pastors and leaders not only find needed rest but also build an essential network of ideas and prayer support extending throughout Nepal. They exchange thoughts on reaching new villages, planting new churches, preaching the gospel, handling cultural resistance and training new workers. Prayer and refreshment in the Word fuel their hearts for the journey.
Missionaries in remote areas of Nepal are reaching people resistant even to their own countrymen. Their impact has been significant–churches are springing up and new evangelists are receiving discipleship training. In one district, 200 believers gather to worship in an open field. In another area, 1,000 believers came together to celebrate their faith in Christ.
While Nepal is more open to the gospel than it was 40 years ago when believers were continually imprisoned for their faith, Christians today still face opposition, and prison remains a threat in some cases.
“Pastors have shared some villages are like a hell kingdom,” Anna said. “In one village there are about 2500 people all under the Buddhist monastery. The villagers´ land is under the monastery, which means most of the villagers do not have their land ownership.”
Pastors with their families
Land is important to Nepalese believers. If they have land they can build a place for fellowship, prayer and training. With land comes freedom. Christian Aid helps believers in Nepal by sending financial assistance for land and building projects. One hundred percent of the funding given through Christian Aid goes to the particular ministry for which it is designated.
Amid hindrances, Nepal is moving forward boldly with the gospel. With Christian Aid´s support, the Pastor´s Clinic offers weary pastors a place of refuge, training, encouragement and restoration. They come away with the Lord and with each other and are strengthened for the journey. A gift of $500 will cover the costs for one month´s meeting for 10 to 15 pastors and their wives. The mission plans to host 10 Pastor´s Clinics per year to help build a bridge and network between pastors and ministries.
“By the grace of God this program is going well. Thank you so much for your care and love gift,” Anna wrote in a letter to Christian Aid. “It is a great help. Many are much encouraged through this ministry.”