The vast majority in our neighborhood are followers of Hinduism, and there is a couple weeklong festival in October that they celebrate. Typically, Hindus get very excited and family gathers together to celebrate all over Nepal. The kids fly kites, the grown-ups play cards, and the meat shop on our street is slaughtering goats on the hour. Many sacrifices are made and the hope of a better next life is worked for by offering goats. It’s a time when Nepali Patriotism and Hindu Zeal is meshed and very celebrated.
Mostly it seems that there is a “cease fire” as far as Christians sharing the gospel. It is almost like many Christians get intimidated and just stay quiet amongst the majority celebrating idolatry.
We were invited to our neighbor’s house one night during Dashain and they really werewelcoming and kind to us. We all were talking and having a great time, when the father of the family started asking questions about our lives, which gave an opportunity to talk about Jesus. We’ve been praying for an opportunity like this since we moved into this apartment. We got to share our stories about how we became Christians which then led to being able to lay out the Gospel and talk together about there only being one way to Heaven. It wasn’t at all awkward and it didn’t spoil the night, in fact we left that night soencouraged that we were given such an opening, we are still friends, and were given leftovers for days.
Help them to SEE
We were able to lead a small team of this semester’s class of grads on a trip to the village to build up the students in an environment outside the campus. It is so important to encourage and remind the young and frightened student that God wants to use their lives powerfully for the gospel, and part of that happens by talking to them and taking them to do ministry together hoping that God will give them vision for their future life of going out for the Gospel. We led the first church service in a previous CCBC student’s church plant. The new building was not at all completed, but the church body was ready. The believers stayed for a few hours after the service was finished and were all so excited to share time together. We led a one-night youth meeting and each of the students prepared a brief message. The trip was a success and the Lord pressedinto our hearts again the great importance of these future goers and the impact the gospel will have.
Every semester, the student’s plan an evangelistic outreach and we all travel to a village to serve. This term, on October 29th – 31st, we’ll be traveling to a Village west of us, where two previous Bible College graduates are now serving. Our last memory of this village was the few believers asking that we would pray that God would send them a Bible teacher! Fast-forward to now, He has been able to train and send not just one but two Bible Teachers to them! There’s a lot of work and prep that goes into a trip like this, but we are very excited to see what God has done in the past year.
Please pray for us this month of October, we will be going out every Friday night for evangelism training to get the students more comfortable with sharing their faith. Also, pray for the students who have been working hard at every detail they are planning for the outreach. Please pray against warfare and that there would be a continued unity amongst our CCBC family.
More on our plate
So the future looks like we will be going to India and Nepal for a part of next semester. There is more on our plate for sure, but we hungry.
Our plans are to go to the States for Christmas and be back in Nepal at the end of January to start the new semester of CCBC Nepal. At the same time, the Bible College in India will begin and we’ll also be traveling to South India in the Spring to help with the official first semester of CCBC India.
Aaron & Jena Garcia