Sarkar Winter Update

Happy new year!!

It is hard to believe that 2017 is already over! We praise God for all that He did in this past year and eagerly await to see what is in store for us and our ministries for the upcoming year.


CCBC Graduation
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV)

On November 17th, we celebrated another group of graduates! Seven students (2 from the Spring 2017 and 5 from the Fall 2017 semester) graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College – Nepal. We had special music performed by the current Bible College students, a short message given by Pastor Aaron Garcia, a certificate ceremony given by all of the pastors and teachers at the college and then a time of food and fellowship with all of the graduates and attendees.

Graduation is always a bittersweet event. We are so excited to see what the Lord is going to do in the lives of our students but are sad to say goodbye to them after we grew so close to each person.

Tonielle is particularly going to miss one of the girls named Selena. Selena has shown so much growth even in the midst of difficult times during the past semesters. Despite the persecution and problems she faced, she always had a joy about her that was contagious.

We want to thank you for praying and even supporting the Bible College and the students. We know that none of this is happening without God using you to partner with each of us.


2nd  Baptism Ceremony
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV)

Before we travelled to America, Pankaj was asked to baptize another new believer in our church. Sagar is a new believer who was witnessed to by one of our good friends and church attendees, Ajay Ghalan. Despite the very difficult times Sagar is going through, we were so encouraged to see his heart and his desire to publicly profess his faith and love for the Lord.

We praise God that even though the government has deemed it illegal to convert, the Spirit is still moving and God is still using the church and His people to bring the true knowledge of Salvation.


Christmas Concert & Gospel Outreach
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NKJV)

On December 9th, our church partnered with our music school to put on a Christmas concert and gospel outreach. There were many special songs performed by the music school students, worship was led by the Salvation Worship team, and a powerful yet simple gospel message was presented by our music school’s principal, Hari Kharge.

Although we were in America at the time, we were able to watch the program on Facebook livestream and received exciting updates and pictures from our ministry team that was there. Many of our neighbors from the community as well as family members and friends of the music school students came and heard the true meaning of Christmas and gospel message.

Here is a video of one of the songs from the event. We hope you enjoy it: Christmas Celebration Program – Dherai Samaya -Nepali Christmas Song


Additional Funds Needed
We can not begin to thank each one of you that has chosen to partner with us by financially supporting our family and our ministries. As our family has now grown and our ministry continues to expand, as you might expect, we are in need of more monthly supporters to help us continue the work God has called us to do in Nepal.

Many people ask us where we stand in our fundraising and monthly support. After reviewing our monthly expenses (including health insurance, house rent, utilities, groceries, etc), we found that the donations we currently receive cover about 85% of our personal expenses, but only around 25% for our ministry costs.

Any additional personal funds will help us with Levi’s schooling, house upkeep, fuel expenses, and other normal monthly needs. The ministry funds will go toward running and maintaining the School of Worship and Music School, monthly financial support for our ministry leaders, discipleship materials, outreach concerts, leadership training, conferences, church needs, and much more.

We humbly ask that you would join us in praying for these needs. If you feel called to help us financially, please do not hesitate to contact us for more details.

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

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:

Saving Grace World Missions Account (please specify in note section it is for USA trip)


Thank you again for all of your prayers!

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi

Sarkar Fall 2016 Update

Where do we even begin? Our time in America, last summer, was amazing! It was so nice to see everyone, catch up with all our friends and family, and introduce Levi to everyone. We also had a bunch of opportunities to share with churches throughout California about all that is happening in Nepal. Thank you to everyone who made our time there so special and for carving out time in your busy schedules to see us and love on our family. We are truly blessed!

Salvation Member Weekly Bible Study

In addition to the weekly church services at Calvary Chapel Kathmandu, Pankaj had the desire to start up a weekly Bible study specifically set apart for the Salvation Worship Team members.

They are currently going through the book of Galatians and each member of the team takes turns leading the study.

It has been an awesome time for the guys to get together, every week, to fellowship, worship, and study the Word together.

Salvation Worship Team’s 4th Album

We are currently in the process of recording the 4th album for the Salvation Worship Team! This CD will be composed of all original songs written by different members of the team. There is even one song that was written by a group of friends from the 2008 School of Worship, when Tonielle went there. We are hoping to have everything finalized by the end of the year so that we can hold a CD release concert.


Calvary Chapel Bible College

This semester has already come and gone! Classes started on August 1st – only 4 days after we returned from the States! It was great to see all of the returning students and to meet the new students.

This semester, we have our first American student – Victoria. She will be graduating at our campus on November 18, along with 3 other students.

In addition to the normally scheduled classes, there have been multiple visiting teachers from America (and Uganda – Dr. Juventine) that have come to teach block classes. Pankaj is also enjoying teaching a class on Worship, every Friday.

November 6 – 8, the students and staff will be going on a three-day outreach trip to the Gorkha district. There will be 4 different outreach events on this trip and the students will be running the whole thing.

Please pray for traveling mercies and for everyone to stay warm while camping in the cold, mountain weather.


Thailand Conference

We had the privilege to go back to the Calvary Chapel Asia Conference this year, in Chiang Mai, Thailand! Last year, Pankaj and I were the worship leaders for the conference and Pankaj also taught a workshop. This year, we were able to go as normal attendees. They even had children’s ministry for all ages, so Levi was able to play with kids his age and Pankaj and I got to sit and hear the Bible studies together.

It was so nice to be able to take a break from our busy lives in Kathmandu and be ministered to during the 4-day conference. We were also able to raise funds to bring one of our ministry partners, Jay Singh, and his wife Sangeeta with us this year!

After the conference, we had a quick, 2-day, vacation in Bangkok where we were able to relax as a family, before jumping back into ministry in Kathmandu.



Levi’s First Birthday
On October 28, Levi turned ONE YEAR OLD and on October 30, we celebrated with all of our friends and family with a Superhero Themed Party!

I can’t believe we have a one year old!! This last year has been full of adventures and learning experiences. Pankaj and I love being parents and can’t imagine life without our precious son.

Please pray with us that God would give us wisdom in raising him and that he would grow up to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength, and mind.



Rent Deficit

Over the past three years, we have been blessed to have the rent of our entire ministry campus covered by three different churches. We were recently made aware that one of our large donors will not be able to continue supporting us. In addition to losing one of our rent donors, the landlord notified us that starting in January 2017, they will be raising the rent amount by 15%. This means that there will be a major deficit ($750 per month) that needs to be filled ASAP.

Please pray that we are able to find new donors to help provide for the rent of our ministry campus.

It goes without saying that God has been blessing and will continue to bless our ministry. We trust that He will provide the funds needed to help sustain the Bible College, music school, and church.

If you would like to make a donation (one-time or monthly) specifically to help with the rent, please click here:

All donations are tax deductible and will help with the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.



Spring 2017 Family USA Trip – Visa & Green Card Paperworkp-and-t-9

As many of you know, Pankaj has a green card for America. If you work outside of America, when you have a green card, you are required to travel back to the States every year in order to keep your residency status active. As you can imagine, that can get very expensive, especially when traveling as a family.

This Spring 2017, we would like to make a trip to California to not only fulfill Pankaj’s lawful requirements but to also apply for something called a “Reentry Permit”. This permit will allow Pankaj to remain out of the States for up to two years instead of having to return once a year. This will save us tons of money in the long run, but the process of traveling to apply for it and paying for the application fees is going to be more money then we currently have saved.

While we are Stateside, we would also like to officially register our marriage with the Indian government (5-years later) and also apply for a 10-year visitor visa for Levi. Both of these processes are more for a “just in case” scenario – if for any reason we need to leave Nepal in a hurry, India is the closest, safest place to go.

Please pray for us as we begin to fundraise and save for this trip. We also ask that you prayerfully consider helping us financially.

We have set up a GoFundMe account and have listed out every expense these funds will go to pay for. I have also included a link to the giving page for our Saving Grace World Missions missionary account if you would rather donate directly there.

We are hoping to purchase our plane tickets no later than December 1st.

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

Link to GoFundMe Campaign:

Saving Grace World Missions Account (please specify in note section it is for USA trip):

Thank you for your prayers and love!

In Him,

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi Sarkar

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

Finishing Strong

With only a few weeks left before our trip to the States, it is needless to say how excited we are! We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends, family, prayer partners, and financial supporters. We can’t wait to give reports of all the amazing work that God is doing through the ministries He has entrusted us with. We are eager to share about all the lessons we have learned from our experiences (good and bad) over the last 2-years of being in Nepal.

Despite our excitement for the two-months we will be in the States, we are reminded of all the work that still needs to be completed here before we leave. We do not want to “check-out“ early and want to be sure to be faithful with the big and small jobs we are currently involved with.

Salvation Church – Calvary Chapel Kathmandu
Pankaj has been enjoying teaching through the book of Romans. Our congregation is a mix of Nepali and English speakers from all around the world. Thanks to a generous donor, we are now able to offer bilingual services every week – while Pankaj preaches in Nepali, there is someone translating simultaneously in English through a headset.

It is awesome to see people from all different backgrounds and churches come every Saturday (Nepali church day) to learn from the verse-by-verse, expository teaching. This type of teaching is relatively new to the Nepali church and we have seen so much growth amongst the attendees. Several of them have even started to use this same method of teaching at their home Bible studies and churches.


Pankaj sharing from the Book of Romans

Salvation Music Center
God has been using the Salvation Music Center and the teachers in a unique and powerful way. Although the school was first started to help the churches of Nepal by training future musicians, it has become very well known to non-Christians in the community as well. This opens many doors to share the gospel through teaching them worship songs and one-on-one sharing.

Due to schools being off for the summer, we have a large amount of new students enrolling in our music classes. This is good for two reasons: more opportunities to share the love of Christ with non-believing students and also more income for the school and Nepali, teaching staff! (haha!) We currently have over 60 students enrolled in classes but expect to have over 100 by the end of June.

This Saturday, May 7, the school will be hosting our 7th Annual Student Worship Concert. We are expecting at least 500 people to join with us so please keep this event in your prayers.

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Inductive Bible Study Team
We are currently hosting a team of 11 people and holding 8 separate conferences for pastors and leaders throughout Nepal.

This past week, the team split into four teams and travelled to Dharan (far east Nepal), Hitarua (central Nepal), Dumre (midwest Nepal), and Jesus College (Kathmandu). Next week, the same four teams will travel to four more locations.

Please be praying for each group that goes out. Pray for travelling mercies and for the conferences to be a blessed time for all.


8 of the 11 team members with Pastor Bond and Heather Gaona and Prakash (our friend & ministry worker)

First Graduating CCBC Class
It is hard to believe that it has already been 2-years since our first class at CCBC Nepal! We have seen God provide in so many ways and have been encouraged to see the growth of the students that have followed through with their studies.

On May 20, 2016, we will be holding our very first graduation ceremony for 5 faithful students! We can’t wait to see what God will do through these graduates!

All of the CCBC Nepal Spring 2016 Class.

All of the CCBC Nepal Spring 2016 Class.

Save the Dates
There are many exciting events that will be taking place during our trip to the States. Obviously, we don’t expect you to come to every single one of these events listed, but we wanted to let you know when we might be in your area. If you are free for any of the following times, please save the date – we would love to see you!

  • Wed, June 8: Ministry Update – Morningstar Chapel – 7pm
  • Wed, June 15: Ministry Update – Calvary Chapel WestGrove – 7pm
  • Sun, June 19: Levi’s Dedication – Calvary Chapel WestGrove – 9:45am
  • Wed, June 22: Pankaj’s Ordination – Calvary Chapel WestGrove – 7pm
  • Fri & Sat, June 24 & 25: Calvary Chapel Downey Missions Conference (Sharing and leading worship on Saturday)
  • Sun, June 26: Ministry Update – Calvary Chapel NorthGrove – 5pm
  • Wed, July 6: Ministry Update – Calvary Chapel Santa Maria – 7pm
  • Sun, July 10: Ministry Update – Calvary Chapel Walnut Creek – 10am
  • Sat, July 16: Dessert Gathering – Calvary Chapel WestGrove – Time TBD


In Closing…

We appreciate every single one of you and are grateful to know that we have so many people partnering with us in prayer. We hope to be able to see you during our time in the States. If you are not yet friends with us on Facebook, please add us so you can have more frequent updates on our daily life here in Nepal and during out time in the States: Tonielle’s Facebook and Pankaj’s Facebook.

God Bless You,

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi Sarkar





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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


  • 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.

Pankaj, Tonielle, and Levi