Looking Back on 2019

It’s hard to believe 2019 has already come and gone. Between all the ministry trips, CCBC & School of Worship classes, and the birth of Eden, the year really seemed to fly by. We are so blessed by all that God has done within the past year and are very excited to see what He has in store for 2020. 

Before we jump into our 2019 highlights, we want to let you know about some exciting new changes in our ministry’s administration.  

When we first started our “adventure” in missions, our sending church, Calvary Chapel West Grove, did not have the ability to receive our monthly support. Now they have a thriving mission sending ministry. Because of this, we will be switching from Saving Grace World Missions (SGWM) to our home church’s missions sending program.  

Please save our new email address (sarkarccwgmissions@gmail.com) and expect all future emails to come from there. Please also check out our new blog page at sarkarccwgmissions.weebly.com. There you can add your email address to our new update list and sign up to partner with us financially. 

** For our safety and the safety of all that work with us, please do not share these highlights on Social Media. People’s names and location names will not be mentioned as a precaution as well. **

2019 Highlights: 

  • We were blessed to have Tonielle’s parents come to visit us at the beginning of the year. Her mom was able to come out for a few weeks right after Eden was born and her dad came for a week as well. It was great to have them with us again and a huge help while adjusting to being parents of two! We even had a chance to squeeze in a trip to Pokhara (8 hour drive west from Kathmandu). 
  • Despite the anti-conversion law in Nepal, God’s spirit is moving and people are still coming to a saving knowledge of Him! The congregation of CC KTM is growing and more of our new believers are wanting to be baptized. In addition to the CC KTM congregation, we were privileged to baptize three people from our newest church plant in Midwest Nepal. 
  • Salvation was able to record their first official music video! It is Pankaj and the Salvation leadership’s desire to have more materials available to people online. This video is one of the first steps to doing that. We are praying for a nice camera to use for future recordings and projects. 
  • After 7-years of praying, God opened the door for classes to finally begin for the School of Worship. Classes began in August and we have 14 students. Twelve out of the fourteen live in the Kathmandu Valley and commute on a daily basis. Two of them are from out of the Valley and stay on campus with the CCBC students. Classes are back in session after our winter break and we are excited to get back with everyone soon. Please continue to pray for this brand new work and for all the needs we have with starting a new ministry. 
  • Toward the beginning of the year, the CCBC students and staff went to a village in the midwest. They were able to do outdoor evangelism with dances, skits, and special testimonies all followed by the Good News message. They were also invited to a special community club up the mountain to share. 
  • A team from America came and we were able to go to one of the local slums and visit the leprosy colony. It was great to be able to bring all the CCBC and School of Worship students to this as well. The team hosted a VBS for the children and were able to go hut to hut distributing mosquito nets and sharing the Good News with everyone they met. 

Please pray for all of the seeds that have been sown through these outreaches. 

  • Our good friend and ministry partner came in the middle of the year and was able to travel to West Nepal and host a pastor and leaders training conference. It was a 4-day conference and the classes included Inductive Bible Study, How to Identify a Cult, and the Biblical Perspective of Worship. It was a great privilege to have the leaders and their wives come. There were over 90 people who came! We hope to turn this into a 2-year training program where we meet 3 times a year for one-week training. We hope that we would be able to cover 12 subjects in the course of the 2 years. Please join us in praying for God to provide visiting teachers and materials needed for this program. 
  • On November 22nd, CCBC Nepal had its 5th Graduation ceremony! We are privileged to be able to train up these young men and women from all parts of Nepal. Most of the past graduates from CCBC Nepal have remained in ministry at their home churches or have started new works in the area. We had 3 graduates this year and we know and trust that God will use mightily for His Kingdom. 
  • CC KTM hosted our 2nd annual Christmas Market on December 1st. This event is designed to not only help local businesses and business owners but also to be an outreach to the community. Multiple churches were involved and we had a good mixture of Christians and non-Christians that attended. Throughout the evening, we saw around 500 people come to our campus to shop, eat, and fellowship with each other. This is a great time for people to get together to hang out and there were also many opportunities for the Good News to be shared one-on-one with others who came to the event. We hope that God will allow us to continue doing this event on a yearly basis. 

There were many other things that happened over the past year but these are just a few of our highlights! 

Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and financial support for our ministries and our family. We know that none of these things would have been possible without God and without your prayers and support. 

We look forward to updating you on all that happened on our trip to America after we return to Nepal in March! Keep an eye out for our next newsletter (from a new email address) next month!! 

We love you and hope you had a blessed Christmas and have a very good 2020! 

In Him, 

The Sarkar Family

Merry Christmas From Nepal!

Looking back at the past year, we are in awe of all that God has brought us through. We went through a time of testing, a time of sorrow, a time of joy, and a time of restoration and we are still learning and growing in every aspect.

In all of these times, God has always shown Himself faithful and has reminded us that He is not only the Savior of our souls but, when we trust in Him, He will guide and direct us through everything. 

We want to thank everyone that has partnered with us through your prayers and financial support. You are all an important part of our ministries and everything that the Lord is doing here in Nepal. 

May God bless you with the riches of His blessings! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Love, 
Pankaj, Tonielle, Levi, and Baby Girl Sarkar

Trusting in the Author & Finisher of Our Faith

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2

When we returned to Nepal in late January, we had some new ministry plans set in place. Instead, God changed those plans and has given us a clear new vision and excitement for the ministries He has entrusted us with.

Now, within the past three months of being back in Nepal, we have already been able to do and see so many exciting things!

Please continue to keep our family and everyone involved in the ministries in your prayers.

Children’s Outreach
We had a visitor from the Ukraine stay with us for the month of March and help with various things at the bible college and church. One of the major events that she helped run was a four day children’s gospel outreach event.

It was so neat to see the children in our community as well as some of our partnering ministries come to sing, dance, make crafts, and – most importantly – have a chance to hear the gospel.

On the last day of the outreach, we handed out invitations to all of the children to invite their family to share a meal with us after church.

We praise God that there is already some fruit that has come from this outreach. One of the ladies in our area sent her daughter to the event and later she and her two daughters started coming to church and has made a personal confession of faith.

Calvary Chapel Kathmandu
Our two church services are going great. We recently switched from evening services to morning services on Saturdays (Nepali church days). At first, we weren’t sure how switching church times would affect the attendance but we are delighted to see a steady flow of regular and new people coming every week.

Pankaj has been going through the book of Acts on Saturdays and we recently started Philippians for our midweek service.

We are also excited to share about the very first wedding that took place at Calvary Chapel Kathmandu on April 15! Not only was it exciting that it was the first wedding ceremony, it was even more exciting because it was for Pankaj’s brother, Samir, and his beautiful bride, Pabitra!! We had a great time celebrating with them and are thrilled to welcome Pabitra into our family!

Discipleship Classes
Due to the increase in new believers in our church, Pankaj felt it was important to have a time to go through the CCWG discipleship books. He asked our friend and ministry partner, Rajiv, to lead a class every Saturday, one hour before morning service begins, for whoever wants to come and learn. We currently have around 10 people attending these classes and we can see their growth already. Please keep this class and all of the new believers in your prayers.

Calvary Chapel School of Worship Nepal
It is hard to believe the School of Worship is almost ready to begin (finally)!! We are in full gear of planning and starting to spread the word and take applications for the upcoming semester (starting September 2018).

There are many people from outside the Kathmandu Valley that are interested in attending, but we are trying to figure out how and where to house them. As of right now, Pankaj has decided to only allow up to 5 people from outside the Valley to attend and then the rest will have to commute to and from their homes every day.

There are many financial needs that come with starting a new work and housing students. Please keep the upcoming semester and all of the needs in your prayers.

Salvation Worship Ministries / Music Center
Our worship team recently took part in a large gospel concert where almost 5000 people attended. We played all of our new songs from our CD and the crowd loved singing and dancing along with us. It was a blessing to be able to share the stage with several different bands.

The Saturday afternoon bible study is a blessing for all of the Salvation team members. We are going through 1 Corinthians, right now. Pankaj has already seen the growth of each team member from their studying and sharing with each other. This bible study gives them the opportunity to teach from the pulpit and practice with each other. We have seen the guys taking the same form of verse-by-verse bible study to their churches. Some of their pastors have also seen their gift of teaching and have been using them in their churches as well. We praise God for His Word which is living and life changing.

The music school attendance is high right now. Local schools are on break right now which gives the students a chance to come and learn music at our school.

Work Projects and Improvements on Campus
The staff and students of CCBC and CC Kathmandu have been very busy with different work projects! We are slowly but surely making some much needed improvements to the campus.

In the past month (with the help of professional contractors), we have already expanded the main gate by an additional 3 feet. This makes it easier to get our ministry vehicles in and out of the campus. We have also been able to build a rain and sun cover outside our sanctuary. Then last week, we were able to clear out some old sheet metal, wood, etc from storage and also painted the gates and some other things around campus.

Please Pray:

  • We are still having problems with renewing Tonielle’s long-term visa.
  • Pankaj’s back and neck problems.
  • Levi to enjoy and behave in his preschool classes (half days for only 3 days a week).
  • The new believers and their families attending CC Kathmandu.
  • Safety for our staff, students, and congregation while the laws are getting more strict toward christianity and religious conversion.
  • For wisdom and guidance for Pankaj while he oversees the ministries
  • For unity between each of the ministry team members
  • For spiritual and physical protection over their marriage, family, and ministries
  • For ministry and personal financial provision

Nepal Visa Update

Thank you for your prayers regarding Tonielle & Levi’s Nepal visas! The lawyer was able to obtain a short-term business visa with no inspection needed. Basically, that means that when we return to Nepal in early 2018, we should (God willing) have no problem reinstating a long-term, one year visa for the rest of 2018! There is still some red tape that we have to work through with our lawyer, but this is a huge step toward getting everything worked out. Thank you again for your prayers.

Please also keep the country and people of Nepal in your prayers as they are going through the election process again. There is a lot of unrest, especially in the city of Kathmandu. Pray that whoever comes into office will give back the right of religious freedom.

As you know from our last update, we are currently in the States for Christmas and to work on some important green card paperwork for Pankaj. We plan to be here until the end of January and we would love to meet up with YOU! 🙂 Please reply to this email if you would like to set up a time to catch up with us, in person.

Love,
Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi Sarkar

Summer 2017 Update

We had a wonderful time during our furlough in the States. It was a blessing to be able to be with our family and friends. We loved traveling to different churches to share about what the Lord is doing out here, in Nepal. Most of our time was spend in California, but we also had an amazing opportunity to travel to Virginia and meet a church family that has been supporting us and praying for us. It was great to finally be able to put faces to the names of the people we had been emailing over the past two years.

We returned back to Nepal at the beginning of June and hit the ground running! We had about a week to adjust back to the time difference and lifestyle before we welcomed our first of two teams we would be hosting over the next few weeks.

Hosting Teams

The first team was from a church in San Diego. The main focus of this group was ministering to the youth in a near by slum area. They hosted a two-day youth conference and a one day VBS event at a church in the middle of the slum. They also hosted a leadership conference at a church pastored by one of our Salvation Worship Team members as well as hosting an outreach at the leprosy colony. We had a great time working with each of the team members and we loved seeing their love for everyone they came in contact with.

The second group was a group of 10 high schoolers and 10 adult leaders from our home church, Calvary Chapel WestGrove. It was so great to see everyone and to minister along side of them. This trip was jam-packed with a ton of ministry!

The team spent two-days in the leprosy colony where they handed out hygiene & cooking packages to each person there. On each day, they provided a full meal for everyone and the team members had a chance to share their testimonies and meet the residents by going hut to hut and sharing the gospel with them.

The team was able to spend multiple days with the Promise Child girls too! They had a few days set aside for VBS where they had games, bible stories, songs, and crafts for the girls to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last part of their trip, they hosted a two day youth conference where some of the members were able to lead worship, share testimonies, teach main sessions, and lead small group breakout sessions. It was awesome to see everyone reaching out to and ministering to their peers. On the last ministry day, the team partnered with the Salvation Worship Team and held a huge gospel and CD release concert. Around 900-1000 people showed up for the event where the Gospel was shared along with some awesome worship music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were grateful to be able to serve with these two groups and loved getting to know each person on the teams.

CD Release
The Salvation Worship Team’s newest album is officially available to purchase online! The majority of the CD is in Nepali but there are two songs in english that I (Tonielle) sing. If you would like to help support our ministry and get a taste of our music ministry, please purchase our CD!!

There are four ways you can help support our ministry by purchasing the CD:
1. iTunes: Go to the iTunes store (NOT APPLE MUSIC) and search “Salvation Worship Ministries”. The album name is listed as ” I am His”
2. Google Play: Open Google Play on your Android phone, select the Movies, Music, Books tab, search “Salvation Worship Ministries”. The album name is listed as ” I am His”
3. Amazon Music: click here
4. CD Baby: click here

Urgent Prayer Request


Some of you already heard that before we came to the States on furlough, in April, Tonielle’s business visa (aka – long term visa) was denied. The only reason it was denied was because we had “christian activity” happening on campus. The doors are slowly closing for religious freedom, but at this point, Nepal is still a country where you are free to practice any religion – basically, it is not even legal that they are denying the visa.

We are working with our lawyer to try to get the visa reinstated, but it is taking a very long time and costing a lot of money that we have not budgeted for. At this point, the government is saying they need to do an “in-depth investigation” into the business.

Tonielle and Levi are currently able to stay in the country with a tourist visa but are only allowed to remain on a tourist visa for up to 5 months per year. They have already been in-country for a little over 2 months, which means, if the business visa is not granted soon, we only have about 2.5 months until we will have to find another way to remain in Nepal.

We know and trust that God is in control and we am grateful that this is the only form of persecution that we have to deal with right now, but we would still like to ask for you to be praying for this process. If for some reason the visa is denied, we are trying to think of other ideas on how we can stay in the country but – obviously – it would be awesome if this can just resolve and the original visa will be reissued.

Thank you for your prayers! Feel free to share this with other believers and prayer chains as well, but please do not post on social media.

In Him,
The Sarkar Family

Above All That We Ask or Think

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

Church Plants
In our last update, we told you about the beginning church plants that have come out of Calvary Chapel Kathmandu (CCK). We are excited to share what the Lord has done since our last update.

Through the grace of God, CCK has been able to continue it’s monthly support to Padam, in the far east.

Pankaj and one of our ministry partners, Sam Stockill, were able to go an visit their church and host a 1 day conference for the believers at the church and in the community. They had a great time ministering to Padam, his family, and the church family. We are also very excited to share that God has provided funds through a donor to help build a slightly larger church building (able to hold around 100 people) and house for Padam and his family!! What an amazing and generous God we serve!

 

Our CCBC graduate, Milan, has been blessed over an above what we could have ever imagined! The construction of the church building is going smooth and we are excited to see how this church will be a witness to the community around them!

The third church plant that we spoke about happening in the far west is currently on hold. Pankaj and the leadership team at CCK are praying and asking for God’s wisdom for whether this is the right time to establish a church in that area.

The Ghalan Family

We would like to introduce you to the Ghalan family. This family started attending Calvary Chapel Kathmandu in January 2017. On the first day they came to CCK, Vinay (the middle son) shared with Pankaj what brought them to our church.

All of the Ghalan family’s relatives are heavily involved in witchcraft and cast a curse on the family. This curse was so demonic that both son’s and their mother ended up becoming possessed.

After years of visiting different witchdoctors to try to become free from the curse and demon possession, Vinay’s father, Jit Bhadur, met a christian who told him that if they believe in the Lord, they would be freed from the demonic torment.

Jit Bhadur came home and told his family what the christian told him and they all believed and went to find a church. They continued attending a church in Kathmandu where they were able to learn more about the Lord.

Vinay, his brother, and mother were all delivered from their demon possession and the family slowly started seeing a change in all of their lives.

Although God used this first church to help rescue them from the curse their family members put on them, the family realized quickly that the church was not good and did not teach the full truth of the Word. Vinay and his family had a desire to grow and learn more about God so he did a search on Google for churches in the area and found the Calvary Chapel Bible College website.

Vinay is now a student at the Bible College and him and his family attend our church regularly. Pankaj and some of the other leaders in the church have also started a weekly meeting at their house to go through CC WestGrove’s discipleship series.

The change and growth in all of the family is amazing. They are growing so much and are even inviting their neighbors and friends to church whenever they can.

Please keep the Ghalan family in your prayers as they continue to grow and pray for a hedge of protection around them since their other family members are still heavily involved in witchcraft.

Calvary Chapel Kathmandu (Salvation Church)
After coming back from our Stateside sabbatical, in 2013, Pankaj wanted to apply all that he had learned while at CC WestGrove and School of Worship. He loved the simple concept of teaching the Word verse-by-verse and chapter-by-chapter.

God had been using the weekly Bible study that Pankaj and his team members had started years before but Pankaj’s heart was for the group of attendees to grow stronger in their love for the Lord.

It has been two years since the Bible study has officially been established as Calvary Chapel Kathmandu. It is humbling to see the people at CCK growing in the Word and their spiritual walks getting stronger.

Many other fellowships have adopted the verse-by-verse teaching methods. We are grateful that God is using our small church to help influence other churches in the area.

School of Worship Classes
As you may remember, our intentions when we came back to Nepal was to start a school to help train worship ministry leaders and worship support team members.

For the past 4 years of being back, God has been saying “wait…not yet”. Now that the church and Bible College are established and doing well, we believe that it is now time for Pankaj to start the School of Worship!

The first round of classes started in February 2017. Classes meet every Monday – Thursday during the day, as well as some night classes.

This first semester is dedicated to training and teaching those we want to use as teachers for when classes are opened to the public in September 2017.

Pankaj has already been contacted by several churches in the outlying villages in Nepal that they have people they would like to send to the school. While this is amazing news, it is also a little nerve racking since we do not have a place or the finances to be able to house students from out of town.

We ask that you pray that God would provide student sponsors as well as sponsors to help us rent a building for student housing.

We will be taking a step of faith and starting classes in September. We are very excited to see this vision finally become a reality!

Please pray that God would prepare the hearts of our future students and that Pankaj would have wisdom in planning the curriculum and choosing teachers.

If you would like to sponsor a student, please click HERE.

 

America Trip
We are less than two-weeks away from being Stateside and we can’t wait to see YOU!

Please keep praying for us as we are still in need of a car to use during our stay (March 30 – June 5).

We would also love to come and share with your church or Bible study groups about how God is using all of the ministries out here. Please let us know if you are interested in having us come and share.

 

God bless you and we hope to see you during our time in the States.

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi Sarkar

 

Winter 2016 Update

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that the year 2016 has already come and gone. Looking back at everything that has happened, we can definitely say it was a busy, fruitful, and challenging year.

We are blown away by all that the Lord has done in our lives and in the lives of those we minister to and with. All that we have been able to do over the past year would not have been possible, first and foremost, without the Lord guiding and directing our steps and second without your prayers, financial support, and the love you have shown to our family. Thank you for your continued partnership with us and our ministries, here in Nepal.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the past few months:

CCBC Student Outreach Trip
On November 6th, the 22 students and all of the staff and family members from CCBC Nepal headed to the Gorkha region – about a 6 hour drive outside of the Kathmandu valley – to hold a 2-day outreach trip.

The purpose of this trip was to help put into action all that the students had all learned at CCBC Nepal, over the past semester. The trip was completely student lead. They were responsible for contacting the different locations we would be going to and to put together a program to help draw a crowd so that the gospel could be preached.

During the trip, we visited four different villages. At each location, the students played music, sang, danced, and did a few skits. After the entertainment part of the program was done, there was a testimony shared and then the gospel message was preached.

We were so proud to watch each student step out of their comfort zone and reach out to the people who came to the events.

In addition to being proud of the students, we were so proud of how well Levi did on his very first mission trip to a village! He was a champ and did great with all of the travel and the different places we went. He was also a great “tool” to use to reach out to some village women in one of the locations we went to! They loved watching him play and holding him and we were able to sit and talk with them and share why we were visiting them.

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CCBC Graduation
We had our 2nd graduation ceremony at CCBC Nepal on November 18. There were 4 students that graduated with us this time – Gopal Gurung, Rajkumar Gurung, Rabi Shrestha, and Victoria Albrecht (our first American student).

Please keep these graduates in your prayers as they are back in their home towns and serving in their churches. Gopal and Rajkumar are actively involved in their home church back in their village. Their senior pastor is preparing for them to take over the church after he moves to a different location. Rabi has a desire to be a missionary to his neighbors and surrounding areas in Nepal. Victoria has been accepted to “Patmos: Reality Discipleship” which is a discipleship program in partnership with Calvary Chapel Bible College – Murrieta.

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Pre-Christmas Celebration
Pankaj’s heart for Calvary Chapel Kathmandu is for it to be a mission minded church. Not only by sending people out and planting churches, but also by reaching out to the community and neighbors all around us. He has a heart for the lost and prays that each neighbor will see how we live our lives and want to learn more about the one true and living God that we serve.

Hosting special events is a key way of reaching out to people in our neighborhood. We know that they may not come if invited to a church service, but if they hear that we have a BBQ after service or are having a special music/concert, they are more likely to come and see what we are all about.

This Christmas season, Pankaj and his leadership team at Calvary Chapel Kathmandu, put together a huge Christmas Outreach, at the beginning of the month. There were special songs preformed by different bands, gifts for visitors, and most importantly, a Christmas and gospel message presented by Pastor Bond. After the service, everyone enjoyed a time of fellowship and food during a special Christmas BBQ feast.

It was overwhelming too see so many people come through the gates that would not normally want to set foot inside of a church. In total, we had over 200 people in attendance and every single person that came that day heard the true reason we celebrate Christmas and had the opportunity to accept Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

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Church Planting
We are excited to share about 3 Calvary Chapel Kathmandu church plants!

The first church has been in fellowship for about a year now. It is being lead by a friend of Pankaj’s named Padam in a village in east Nepal named Katle. Padam attended our very first School of Ministry and a few classes when CCBC first started up. He did not graduate with us but felt the Lord calling him to move back to his home village and start a home fellowship that would, God willing, one day turn into a church. There is approximately 20 people who attend on a regular basis and Padam is currently going through the book of John with everyone. With the help of monthly support from others and tithes from our congregation, Calvary Chapel Kathmandu is able to send a small amount of funds to support Padam and his ministry on a monthly basis. Please pray that God will proved more funds for Padam to find a larger location to rent or build to have his weekend serves in.

The second church is being lead by one of our graduated CCBC students, Milan. God miraculously provided enough funds through a supporter, in America, to help purchase land in the village he is serving in. On this land, we will be constructing a church building as well as a small home for Milan to live in. Milan is currently meeting in a small rented room that can barely hold the 30+ people who attend every week so this new land and building will be a huge blessing to everyone there.

The third church is still in the praying process and has not yet been established. In March, Pankaj and a few of his ministry team leaders will travel to a village in the far west in the Mugu district (about a 3 day journey from Kathmandu). During their time there, they will meet with some leaders and talk about the possibility of planting a church there.

Please keep all of these churches and their pastors in your prayers. Also pray for wisdom on Pankaj’s part in training and equipping the leaders and pastors.

Padam and his family.

Milan teaching during one of his weekend services.

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Trip to America!
The date is set! Pankaj, Levi, and I will be in America from March 31 to the end of May!

The main purpose of this trip is to work on immigration paperwork for Pankaj’s green card, Levi’s India visa, and to officially register our marriage with the Indian Embassy.

We would also love to meet with any of you – individuals and churches – to share about what the Lord is continuing to do, here in Nepal. If you or anyone you know would be interested to have us share, please let us know so we can put it on our calendar.

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Thank you again for all of your prayers and love for our family and ministries. We are truly blessed to have each one of you in our lives.

Love,
Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi Sarkar

Thank You!

We wanted to write a quick update to say thank you to all that have been praying for the rent situation at the ministry campus and also for our fundraising attempts to come back to America for Pankaj’s green card paperwork.

Ministry Campus Rent Deficit – Update
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We are blown away by God’s provision!! Since our last email, the Lord has provided a way for our rent (including the increase) to be covered for all of 2017! We are still in need of additional support for the following years and hope to raise those needed funds throughout this year, but we are grateful we do not have to worry about 2017 rent.

 

 

If you would like to make a donation (one-time or monthly) specifically to help with the rent for 2018 and beyond, please click here: HERE.   Once signed in, you can choose to make a donation to the CCBC Nepal general fund which will help with our rent for the coming years.  


Fundraising for USA Visit – Update
14725379_10208641088759063_124620777_oWe are half way to our goal!! Thank you to all that have financially supported us and who have been praying for us. Please continue to pray with us as we try to raise the remaining funds for our trip.

Please click the links below if you are interested in helping.

Link to GoFundMe Campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/help-bring-the-sarkars-to-america-2u36a93j

Saving Grace World Missions Account (please specify in note section it is for USA trip)https://www.egsnetwork.com/gift2/?giftid=264777D43019456

 

Thank you again for all of your prayers!

Love,
Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi

You’re Invited!

For those of you who may not be on Facebook or have not heard through word of mouth, we wanted to send a quick email to invite you to our Dessert Gathering this weekend!

Be sure to come with (or email us before) a question about Nepal, our ministries in Nepal, or about us for our Q&A session after the short update!

Hope to see you there!

Dessert Gathering

Busy But Blessed

The past three months of 2016 have been quite busy! We have already hosted 4 teams and we have several more coming in the next few months. Each team so far has had a unique gift and talent to help us and bless the people here.

CCWG Team #1

Pankaj’s heart has always been to teach and equip the youth in Kathmandu. When we heard there was a team of young adults coming from CC WestGrove, we knew it would be the perfect chance to host some youth conferences while they were here.

The first conference we held was in Kathmandu and the theme was “The Journey Continues – A Walk Through the Book of Acts”. We had a great turn out of around 200 youth for the two-day conference. It was great to see the team of young adults from the States ministering to their peers in Kathmandu.

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After the Kathmandu conference, the team joined forces with the Salvation Worship Team to host an outreach / 15 year anniversary concert for Salvation Worship Ministries (the ministry we oversee). There were close to 900 people in attendance and everyone we talked with said it was one of the most fun concerts they have been to for a long time.

We had a few special songs performed by the Salvation Young Adults Worship Team, then worship by the CC WestGrove Worship Team, a special dance by one of the WestGrove team members, followed by a powerful gospel message given by another young adult on the WestGrove team, and then the Salvation Worship Team closed out the night with an awesome time of worship and praise.

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The next day, the team packed up their bags and hopped on a bus and headed to a city called Pokhara (7 hours west from Kathmandu). There, they hosted a one-day, youth conference with the theme called “Essentials”. It was amazing to see how many people came to learn. There was a total of 300 people in attendance and the team had a blast getting to know everyone during their time there.

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CCWG & CC South Jersey Team #2

Just two, short weeks after the young adults team from CC WestGrove left, another team of 7 people from WestGrove and 10 people from CC South Jersey came to serve with us!

This team focussed on construction and demolition projects as well as spending time with and encouraging the locals in surrounding villages and us missionaries, here in Nepal.

 

They spent three days in a village called Sikree and helped demolish a house that was damaged in last year’s earthquake. When they were back in Kathmandu, they were able to complete several small construction projects on campus, including helping make our courtyard look more beautiful by re-paving and putting tiles on the ground outside the church entrance.

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We were also blessed by one of the members of the team who is a professional photographer and had amazing family portraits done during their time here.

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Chinese Bible Church of San Diego

This was another great group of people that we had the privilege to host and get to know! It was a mixture of young and old and their main focus was medical camps and youth outreaches. Out of the 16 people, there was a dentist, pediatrician, optometrist, general practitioner, and a pharmacist.

They hosted 2 medical camps in Kathmandu during the first part of their trip, but most of their time in Nepal was spent in a village about 4 hours away from Kathmandu where they hosted a 3-day medical camp and VBS for the kids in the village.

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CC Fluvanna

We are just finishing up our time with a 10 person team from Calvary Chapel Fluvanna, Virginia. During their time here, they were able to do several children’s outreaches and helped demolish a house in a near by village that was damaged in last year’s earthquake.

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There is also a nurse on the team so she has been able to do follow up appointments with our students that had been seen by the doctors on the previous trip. She was also able to teach a CPR class and basic health and hygiene class to our students at the bible college.

They will head back to Virginia on Friday, March 11 and then we will have a few weeks of “rest” until the next team from CC San Juan Capistrano comes out!

School of Worship

Classes for the School of Worship have officially begun!! Pankaj is meeting privately with his current worship ministry leaders and reviewing the basics of worship and training them first so that they can help once the school is open to the public.

Please keep these classes in your prayers and for the preparation that is going into each class for the upcoming semesters.

Summer in America

We are very excited to announce that we will be traveling to the States for a two-month, furlough this summer! The dates of our trip are May 24 – July 28.

The purpose of this trip is to not only visit with family and friends and to introduce Levi to everyone, but also to update supporters and churches on all the God has been doing in Nepal and through our ministries.

We have several speaking opportunities lined up at different churches, but we would love to have the chance to share with more churches and small groups. If you or anyone you know would be interested to have us share with your church, small groups, youth groups, etc, please let us know so we can put it on our calendar.

A major need and prayer request that we have for our time in the States is a car to use. We would need something that is easy to get a car seat and stroller in and out of and preferably an automatic since Tonielle doesn’t no how to drive a stick shift.

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Finally, we are amazed and humbled by the work of our awesome God through us here in Nepal. Thank you to all of our family and friends for your prayer support and financial support. We are excited to spend time with each of you soon!

PLEASE PRAY WITH US…

  • Good health for the whole family.
  • Continued provision for our ministries.
  • Wisdom for running the ministries.
  • Protection for our family, Nepal ministry partners, and students.
  • Strong, bible believing churches to be planted in and around Nepal.
  • Monthly financial partners to help pay for the school/church facility rent.
  • Planning and preparing for our trip to America – traveling for the first time with a baby!
  • A car for our time in the States.

Love,
Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi

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