The president of Evangelical Friends Church-Nepal (EFC-N), Amen Thapa, sent us this update to share with you. This is the yearly meeting that John and Sangi Vanlal started just over 25 years ago along with Amen and several other leaders. There are approximately 40 churches in this yearly meeting and they are located in many different areas of Nepal.
Nowadays Kathmandu is being most affected by COVID-19. The death rate is also growing in Nepal. Some of our church members have tested positive and have been healed. But some of them are still positive and are staying in government quarantine centers.
We are grateful to EFM and all the sponsors for your kind support to EFC-N’s ministry needs.
Testimony and Reports:
- There are many testimonies from those who have received relief packages. Three sisters from Kathmandu Friends were in a critical situation. The owner of the house where they lived demanded extra rent and they did not have money to pay. Some of their relatives lent them money so that they could leave the house. They had nothing to eat. They found a small zinc sheet hut to stay for free. They had no soap to wash their hands after using the toilet. They came to the point of rejecting God. One day God showed a kind of vision to my wife, Rachel, about them. She felt led by the Holy Spirit to call them. She came to know that they were not far from the church. Without telling them we went to their place with relief packages (rice, 3 kinds of lintels, soya bean, gram, cooking oil, salt, noodles, washing soap, bathing soap, biscuits, tea leaf, sugar etc). They were losing hope and not expecting any help. Somebody told us that that same evening they danced and praised God. They said, “God is here and he saw our needs.” The next day they called Rachel to say thank you. They asked, “How did you know about our condition?” Now they are fine. Most of the time when we ask people whether they need something to eat or not, they are reluctant to tell us their needs.
- One of our Friends churches in Nuwakot had to be used as a quarantine center. Our pastor and leaders have to take care of them, providing health and hygiene materials for those staying in our church.
- Another challenge we are facing: If anybody gets sick it is risky to go to hospital. Many of us were and are sick but we are taking pain killers and taking some common medicine from pharmacies and just staying home.
- The ministry continues in these ways: worship services, prayer fellowship, youth ministry via Zoom, Messenger, and Facebook live. Our Bible training is also going well via Zoom and other social media. We are conducting combined worship throughout Nepal as well as pastors and leaders seminars and combined youth fellowship once a week. I am busier than normal.
Doing all these things, we are blessed, and many non-Christians are receiving the gospel. There are many who are ready to give public testimony of their faith through water baptism.
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Also, EFM is still receiving donations to our emergency fund for COVID-19 related relief efforts. If you would like to contribute at this time you can do so by clicking here or using the button below.
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