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

God is Moving!

Jaimashi (Nepali Christian Greeting meaning “Christ is Victor”)!!

We are thrilled to bring you an update of what the Lord is doing here in Nepal. Thank you again for your prayers and for your support.

It’s been a while since we last wrote but we will do the best to get you up-to-date on all that has happened so far.

 

Calvary Chapel Asia Missions Conference 
With the help of Calvary Chapel WestGrove, the entire staff of Calvary Chapel Kathmandu and CCBC Nepal (minus Jay) had the amazing opportunity to travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand to attend a mission conference for Calvary Chapel missionaries serving in Asia!!

It was a great time of refreshment for each of us. There was even a special children’s ministry available for the kids which allowed Tonielle and Hannah to attend all of the main sessions – child free!

This is one of our favorite conferences to attend. Everyone there has a heart but for missions in Asia. We love meeting new missionaries and catching up with those we have met before.

After the conference, we had all traveled back to Bangkok and had a few days to just relax and sightsee with each other. This trip was a huge blessing for each of us and we are grateful for the financial support that CCWG sent to allow us to take this refreshing trip as a staff.

Student Outreach/Pastors and Leaders Conference
During the first week in October, Pankaj and the rest of the CCBC staff and students had the privilege to travel to an area called Gorkha. It is located 140km (86 miles) west of Kathmandu in the Himalayan foothills.

Due to the tightening of government against open-air preaching, we had to be a little more creative when it came to sharing the gospel with others. We found it best to reach out personally and through our actions to non-believers before we attempted to share anything with them.

The guys played soccer with the locals every day, and one of the days, the staff and students helped clean up a government school’s compound and surrounding areas. After we made a connection with them by helping and playing with them, we were able to invite some of them to the church where we did special songs and dances and shared the gospel with everyone who attended.

At the end of the trip, we hosted a 2-day conference for the church leaders in the area where we went through the book of 1 Peter. Although it was a small group, it was a fruitful time of learning and fellowship for all that attended.

This 5-day trip was a great encouragement for the students and a good opportunity for them to serve.

Youth Conference and Church Plant Visit
Pankaj and a few other leaders from Calvary Chapel Kathmandu and CCBC took a trip to the far East of Nepal. First they headed to a place called Ilam which is famous for its tea. They were able to stay with some local believers. The believers were so excited to have us stay with them and we were blessed by their hospitality. We had a time of worship with them and one of our visiting pastors, Brian Cambra from CCBC Italy, shared a short devotional with everyone.

The next day, we headed down the mountain to where we were requested to teach a 3-days youth conference for the churches in the area. Around 200 young people came and were able to learn from the lessons taught by each of the speakers. Pankaj taught on the subject of Worship as a Lifestyle, Pastor Sam taught on Living Holy as Young People, Pastor Brian taught Growing in Christ, Dane taught on Listening to God’s Voice, and Brandon taught on the Importance of Youth in the Church.

The feedback from the leaders was very positive and they loved how we used the Bible as our main text. We have already been asked to come back another time!

Before we headed back home to Kathmandu, we were able to visit Pastor Padam. He is the pastor of CC Kathmandu’s first church plant. He has been going through a rough season so it was great to be able to meet with him personally to pray with and encourage him.

CCBC Graduation
On November 13th, we had our 4th graduation ceremony for the CCBC graduates. We thank God for the opportunity to pour into the lives of these students and look forward to all that God has in store for them.

We had 8 graduates this year. One of which has already started the process of starting a church in the Lamjung district and many of the others are serving in their churches. Please pray for these graduates and that God would use them mightily for His Kingdom and glory.

 

 

It’s a Girl!
In our last update, we shared the good news about our growing family. We are thrilled and excited to announce that our baby GIRL will be joining us at the end of February 2019.

Prayer Requests
Pray for all of the conference attendees to retain and put into action the lessons that were taught at the past conferences.

Pray for the recent CCBC graduates as they return back to their every day lives in their hometown. That God would energize them and use them for the gospel.

Pray for Tonielle and baby girl Sarkar. For a continued healthy pregnancy and safe delivery.

Pray for wisdom in how to continue living in Nepal with the visa problems we are having.

Pray for more monthly financial supporters for our family and ministries.

 

Thank you for all of your prayers!

In Him,

Pankaj, Tonielle, Levi, and Baby Girl Sarkar

He is Faithful

We bring you greetings in the name of our Lord, all the way from Kathmandu, Nepal!

Its crazy to look back at the past few months and see all that God has done in this short amount of time. It reminds us to stay faithful and keep pressing forward even in difficult times. It humbles us to know that God’s faithfulness and love never changes toward us.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family and our ministries. We are grateful for all of you that have partnered with us.

Lamjung Trip

On May 14, the CCBC Nepal and Calvary Chapel Kathmandu staff headed to the Lamjung District to host a 2-day Pastors and Leaders Conference. We also hoped to visit some of our students that live in the area.

On the first day of the Pastors and Leaders Conference we had 43 attendees. The first half of the day, Sam taught from 1 Timothy and then the last part of the day Jay taught Inductive Bible Study. The following day, Pankaj taught the rest of 1 Timothy in the morning and Prakash and Jay closed out the afternoon with more Inductive Bible Study.

Our time with the pastors was blessed and an encouragement. They could not stop telling us how much they enjoyed the teaching and have asked us to return to continue our training with them and other churches in the area.

Unfortunately, due to rain and bad road conditions (in the villages), we were not able to go visit our other students on our free day so we ended up driving back to Kathmandu a day early.

Pokhara Outreach Trip

We were extra blessed to have a team from our home church, Calvary Chapel WestGrove, come to visit and serve with us. During their time here, we travelled to Pokhara, where we were able to host a Gospel Outreach Concert with the Salvation Worship Team, a local Worship team from Pokhara, and the CCWG Worship Team. Tonielle was excited to be able to sing two songs with her dear friend and mission pastor’s wife, Nancy Kaser. Many people came and joined with us. After the first few worship sets, Dane Nelson shared a great gospel message and then the Salvation Worship Team closed out the evening.

The next three days, the team hosted a Pastors and Leaders Conference at a local church. Various teachers from the CCWG team taught from the book of 1 Peter and the Salvation Worship Team members helped lead worship. It was a sweet time of fellowship with the leaders and pastors who attended.

This was the first time we introduced the concept of verse-by-verse teaching to many of the churches out there. We have already seen the impact of this conference in some of the lives and teaching style of those that attended.

CCBC Fall Semester

On July 30, we welcomed back some returning students as well as a bunch of new students for our Fall semester. It was great to see familiar faces and to welcome the newcomers as well.

We are excited to see what God will do with these young men and women. We have a total of 20 students this semester – some staying on campus and others commuting every day.

Classes are already in full swing. We have a very full schedule with visiting teachers as well as full time staff members teaching each class. We also have several guest teachers scheduled to come teach throughout the semester.

Please keep this Bible College, the students, and teachers in your prayers.

Pastors & Leaders Retreat

Another thing we have started to do is to bring pastors and leaders to come to the Calvary Chapel campus. Pankaj, Sam, and Jay’s heart is to disciple and equip them for the ministry. During their time on campus, we host a mini conference where we are able to teach them about leadership accountability, worship service order, what the bible says about the use of tongues and prophesy, who the Holy Spirit is, and much more.

We had our first mini conference August 1-2 and plan to do at least two a year from now on.

 

Our Family is Growing!

We are beyond excited to announce that Baby #2 is on the way!! Please pray for this pregnancy to go smooth and for Tonielle’s health during it all.

 

Love,
Pankaj, Tonielle, Levi, and Baby #2

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

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.

Love,
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.

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