Mission Moments: Nepal
CHRISTmas in Kathmandu
The main Savior Alone Reaches Asians (SARA) church in Kathmandu, Nepal met to worship in their new building for the first time on Christmas Day. About 150 people attended. “It was great because several new people came and three of them accepted Christ in their life for the first time,” said Pastor Tej Rokka, the founder of SARA and a long-time Climbing For Christ member.
Pastor Tej welcomes us to the new SARA church in Kathmandu.
“I was so excited because for the first time in SARA church history we were having a CHRISTmas celebration in our own church facility, though it was not fully completed,” Tej said. “Thank God and thank each donor for their valuable contribution.”
To date, Climbing For Christ has contributed about US$5,500. More than $12,000 is needed for the ongoing work.
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“We are working very fast and trying to finish it, at least the church hall for worship,” Tej said, noting it was about 90 percent complete. “We finished the roof, ceiling, electricity wiring, inside painting, windows, doors, floor and toilets. We will complete all (of the church hall) and we will start worshiping here. From next month, we don't need to pay rent for a church hall. Praise the Lord.”
Work continues inside the SARA church.
SARA’s main church has met in rented locations for more than 15 years. The church has needed to move six times because of pressure on Christians in the predominantly Hindu and Buddhist nation's capital.
The SARA ministry, a Climbing For Christ partner, has churches across Nepal. This is the second SARA church built in cooperation with C4C. In all, Climbing For Christ has helped build three churches in Nepal and nine worldwide.
“Please pray for this urgent (financial) need,” Tej asked. “We want to fully enjoy – with God's blessing – as we move here for worship.”
“...and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 (ESV)