“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
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.
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