Day: October 15, 2020

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Set Free Forever

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In West Nepal, many new believers have started coming to one of our churches there. They are coming to know Jesus and are being baptized. Signs and wonders are manifesting. Sick people are being healed. Many are being set free from the bondages of their traditions and rituals.

This is one of the most vulnerable places in West Nepal that is regularly affected by floods. Most of the people from this place are poor, uneducated, and often discriminated against. The land is affected by famine and shortages of foods. However, amid such a tragic reality, people are giving their lives to Jesus. According to their testimonies, they have been given new life, new hope, and new a future through Jesus Christ. They are learning to be confident about their faith and stand firm in Jesus’ love and compassion.

Every day new believers are coming to accept Jesus, and many are ready for water baptism.

Please remember this place and God’s people in your prayers.

Thank you.

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Youths for Discipleship

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Ps. R is one of our most dedicated mission field pastors. In spite of trials and persecutions, he has always remained faithful.

Until recently, he had no church building for his congregation to gather in. Many times, they would do fellowship out in an open space, even during heavy rainfall, storms, or scorching heat.

RHMI was able to help him build a new temporary church using bamboo for the sides and tin for roof. Now there are over 60 new believers that have come to know Jesus and are attending the services in this new church. Your support has made this possible.

Ps. R has a strong desire to lift up and motivate youths for the sake of the Lord. He organizes many short-term youth outreaches that minister to others with the Gospel. He has deeply influenced many youths. They are excited to serve in the church and in its services.

Ps. R reports that 9 new believers have accepted Jesus. Hallelujah! And the youths of his church are mentoring them and guiding them to the church and through Bible scriptures.

Please remember Ps. R in your prayers and for his new church and new believers. Thank you.

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Once Lost but Now Found

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After many years of contact, RHMI has established a RHMI family in a small group of tribal people who live in an isolated region of central Nepal. They were traditionally hunter-gatherers of the forest. This ethnic tribe is one of the most endangered communities in Nepal and owns no land. Until two decades ago, they were nomadic, however, gradually, most tribal members came to prefer the settled life in a village. But even today, their villages are remote and inaccessible.

Even though they have been persecuted and rejected, our missionaries faithfully maintained contact with these people. Two years ago, we helped them with food, clothing, and temporary shelter when they lost everything due to floods. We built toilets for them in their camp to help prevent disease. We were very grateful to our Lord when we saw 18 new believers take water baptism recently. New believers are increasing and there are many children here, among which we can establish a good children’s ministry. We also would like to start multiple community development projects. To start with, we want to construct a temporary shelter made up of a tin alloy, which is going to cost approximately $3000.

We are very grateful to our Lord who loves His children and has used us to reach these ethnic groups. We are also grateful to all our partners for loving our tribal groups of the Himalayas.

Kindly pray for these lost nomads who are now new souls in the kingdom of Heaven.

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Children Ministry

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Recently, it was our joy to share quality time with some beautiful children of the Himalayas. We gave them chocolates and chatted with them. It was such a wonderful conversation to learn about their likes, dislikes, aims, passions, interests, and family backgrounds.

These children do not know what the Covid-19 pandemic is. They do not understand why their school is not resuming. But they are more concerned about what they will eat tonight and tomorrow. They are worried about what is going to happen to them.

While most people know about the beauty of the Himalayas, not everyone knows that it is also plagued with extreme poverty and dire circumstances for a large percentage of its population. Two out of three rural families live on less than $3.00 per day, and the children of these families are the most vulnerable segment of the population.

RHMI creates paths out of poverty for the orphaned and abandoned children in the Himalayas. Through sharing the love of Christ, investment in their quality education, and innovative mentorship, we help children to build lives of leadership.

Help us show them the right way to pursue higher studies. Pull them out of the poverty pit and introduce them to the greatness of the Lord. Your partnership matters to them.

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Electronic Scriptures through the air waves

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RHMI provides missionaries, evangelists pastors and house church leaders with mini radio speakers that have over 200 Bible lessons as well as the messages from our regular weekly radio broadcast called ‘The Blessed Life’. These lessons and messages have become like nectar to the most underprivileged and destitute of the Himalayas that keeps them motivated and full of the fire of the Holy Spirit.

During the current lockdowns, the radio ministry is having a greater impact. The lessons and messages recorded in the mini radio speakers have become a best friend to our missionaries and evangelists. They carry it wherever they go, sharing the Gospel and preaching from it. Many have been led to Christ through these lessons.

One example is Kumar C. Kumar is 34 years old and was very frustrated due to the unbalanced series of pandemic lockdown. He is a laborer and dependent on daily wages. Due to the current pandemic situation, he was unable to feed and care for his children properly. Having much anxiety and full of questions, Kumar was listening to a message from the Blessed Life in the mini radio speaker one evening. The message totally changed his faith in Jesus Christ. The topic was ‘God will never forget His covenant part 1’. The episode filled him with new energy and trust in such a way that he continued the series. He called all his children and wife together and asked everyone to kneel to give thanks to Jesus, for He will not forget His covenants.

Two days later, his landlord came to him, and provided him with some food relief. This just amazed Kumar. He declared “God is alive and He never forgets His promises to His children.”

To continue His great miracles, impacting people and renewing minds, RHMI has recently distributed 20 more radio speakers to the native missionaries in the Himalayas.

Your partnership is making a huge difference in the kingdom of Heaven.

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Taking Steps towards a Hygienic community

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RHMI is concerned with anything that is a threat to the native people in the Himalayas. Many villages which are still inaccessible and not connected with the road networks do not have the proper infrastructure. These communities face many disadvantages. Proper health care services are one of the most important. Premature death, complications in sicknesses, infant deaths, and many more issues are caused by the lack of proper health care.

Many people in the Himalayas are unable to obtain needed medicines. Women also do not have access to necessary health care products. Many do not understand the need for health care and hygiene.

Focusing on the importance of the mother’s health and wellness and the need for a hygienic environment for the whole family, RHMI conducted a short health care and hygiene awareness program. During the program we distributed sanitary pads to 80 families.

We give our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our God and our partners for your sacrificial support and prayers.

Thank you for everything.

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Lighting a Fire back in the Kitchen

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We give praises to our Heavenly Father for recently giving us the wonderful privilege of distributing 200 sacks of rice weighing 30 Kgs each to deprived and underprivileged native people affected by the series of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. These unreached native people were living in famine and starvation. Their children were suffering the most. They were hoping that some agency, organization, or social activist would provide food relief. But none came. Our own RHMI team was the first to provide hope to these desperate people in one of the most isolated, remote villages of the Himalayas. We are blessed to be able to help them.

We also take this opportunity to thank our partners for their continuous prayers and generous support. Thank you for making it happen.
Your prayers have led us to return safely with many great testimonies and the appreciation of the villagers who now can feed their children. Our food support to the village has marked a great impact within the community including the local government organization. This is the Gospel in action. Evangelizing through humanitarian tasks.
Dear partners, your support has helped these native people to once again light a fire in their kitchens.
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Second Life in Jesus

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Pastor P who had a stroke due to high blood pressure and a hemorrhage a few months ago is healed and enjoying his second life. He conveys his heartfelt regards and appreciation for all prayers and sacrificial supporters of RHMI.

Despite many medical complications, today he has won over his sickness.

However, half of his body is still paralyzed, and he struggles in getting up and doing normal activities.

It is a glory to God that, to every relative near or far who comes to visit him, He always shares his testimony and encourages them to accept Jesus. Despite before, walking miles to share the Gospel, he has turned his house into a Gospel sharing center. Many lives continue to be affected by his heart-touching testimony. Many accepted Jesus instantly and committed to remain in His faith forever.

The most surprising thing is that he was a pastor of a local church having 70-75 believers, but today after witnessing his testimony and sharing Jesus, the new believers in that place have exceeded more than 300. Hallelujah!

God is on the move amid lockdown!

He was excited and worried at the same time. He immediately called us and asked when we were visiting him to look after the flocks and advise him in taking care of them. He also requested us that the old church building is insufficient to hold such a huge number of believers so, the place needs a new church building. Kindly pray for this blissful reason.

Due to the pandemic lockdown and many consequences, people have become hungrier and thirstier to find eternal love, hope, and life in Jesus. We praise God for using Pastor P to manifest His greatness in such an impossible time.

However, regarding his physical and medical condition, he needs to visit the hospital for his regular medical checkup and therapies that adds more expenses to his previous dues at the Hospital. He still requires $1300 to clear his dues.

Kindly remember him in your regular devotion as he is one of our most active native missionaries in the Himalayas ministering among hundreds of believers.

We are also thankful towards our mission field coordinator Pastor A. for his perseverance, and regular follow-up of most of the mission field leaders and believers.

Thank you!

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Salvation from Generational Curses

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The harsh life in the Himalayas is beyond imagination. For ages, the Himalayan regions are badly affected by many demonic spirits and the devil’s clutches. The many mountains named after earthly gods can be one of its reasons. The lack of developmental infrastructures is a physical necessity that can be, but the spiritual attacks, persecutions, and rampage are destructible.

Pastor B comes from a steadfast Hindu background who struggled years with spiritual attacks on his family. For four generations, his forefathers were struggling with a curse of Epilepsy. Every elder son from his forefather’s generation was struggling with the disorder. They underwent many shamanism treatments and lost wealth, lands, and livestock in it. But they couldn’t receive salvation.

Pastor B was the fourth generation of his tribe facing the same issues. He had nothing to offer since he was out of everything. Later, he met our mission field leaders who were evangelizing and sharing the Gospel in his village.

As Pastor B heard that salvation is possible in Jesus, without any further dilemma he immediately called our mission field leaders in his home and requested them to share more about Jesus and pray for him.

After continuous follow up in his house, sharing the Gospels and more from the Bible, Pastor B started getting healed and he started going to church regularly.

He was touched by two different scriptures that talk about generational curses in Exodus 34:7 and salvation in Jesus Christ in 1 John 5:12.

Today, the generational curses have gotten completely removed from his generation because his whole family members have accepted Jesus and they are one of the most loyal believers of our RHMI family. After years of devotion and perseverance in the church, he has become the pastor of his church, leading hundreds of believers as being part of our RHMI family.

Pastor B is also an influential leader who has informed many believers about generational curses, its consequences, and solutions. He is a down to earth man, very humble, and loyal. He has served God in his most hard times, having nothing to eat and feed his children, but traveled miles to preach and share the Gospel. He says, “no turning back because I’ve decided to follow Jesus and I don’t want the repetition of generational curses to follow my generation.”

Dear partners, because of your generosities, our beloved field leaders like Pastor B have served Jesus through many ministerial services, regardless of any difficulties, time, and weather, without any anxieties and fears.

Still, kindly remember him in your prayers.

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COVID-19 Relief Efforts

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We thank our mighty Father in Heaven and all our gracious partners who have extended their generous hearts to support our grieving families affected by devastating floods in the remote villages located in the Nepal-China border.

The incessant rainfall caused inundation which has affected hundreds of households; 220 people have lost their lives, another 82 are missing in this village. According to the August 21, 2020, official Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) situation report, 18,505 families (92,363 people) have been affected in various districts and 10,256 families (46,562 people) have been displaced all over Nepal.

Due to the unceasing heavy rainfall, a disastrous landslide had swept away some of our mission field leaders’ houses, livestock, and farms resulting in massive loss. Currently, they are sharing shelters and living in temporary shelters built with leaves and straws.

One of our mission field believers, states, “In the middle of the night as it was happening, first, I didn’t believe my eyes. I felt like I was sleeping, and someone was dragging me and my bed. Later, As I realized my house’s roof was gone, I looked up at the mountain back of my house and I saw that it was sliding down towards me. People were screaming and the sky was thundering and echoing through the hills. As the water began to rise above my legs, I realized everything was for real. Then, I screamed and immediately asked for God’s presence. Later, I called out my family members’ names and started searching for them. I felt like it was the second coming of Jesus.”

We are grateful to our Lord for all the partners who have provided urgent food relief of 30kg sacks of rice to 112 families in the remote villages of the Himalayas. We also deposited some allocated funds for future emergencies in the Village Development Committee’s treasury. Also, we handed over $50 to nine different families who have completely lost everything and are now struggling to survive.

As Nepal is still under strict lockdown and proper social distancing, our RHMI team provided food relief four times consecutively to a group of 25 people.

Due to the distribution of the food relief program, many non-believers have restored their faith in the goodness of the believers which has marked a great impact on Christians in the villages. In places, the local government authorities have personally thanked and appreciated our humanitarian support and concern to the villagers.

Travel to the devastated place near the border which is not connected by proper roads, required 17 hours of continuous walking and by motorbikes when possible. Due to incessant rainfall, the roads continued to remain highly damaged and extremely hard to access. Several times as our RHMI team was traveling to the place, they fell off their motorbikes due to terribly rough roads or trails, encountered landslides, hit by stones falling from above their heads, and pushed each other’s motorbikes as they struggled to get out of the mud. Due to extreme difficulty in driving they had to park the motorbikes at one of our believer’s houses and walk to the bordering place. Finally, after risking their lives during their travel they managed to reach the remote village. We are so grateful and appreciate their perseverance and dedication.

Since hilly regions are more likely to have major destruction by annual heavy rainfall, our beloved RHMI family members are serving the Lord in dangerous places. We are concerned about hundreds of those unsaved lives who have yet to hear the Gospel. We have much concern for those small children who must raise cattle and graze livestock in the steep mountains in such harsh conditions.

Presently, they are without any roof over their heads or proper shelter. The government has committed to providing but still has not managed to provide enough provisions to the people in that high place near the border. We do what we can to help our people.

RHMI is praying for help for building a proper shelter for 9 bereaved families.

A massive landslide in Sankhuwasabha had partially dammed the Arun River, leaving downstream settlements at risk of flooding including our mission field.

The dam caused by the landslide was 16 – 33 feet high and 131 feet wide. The river dangerously started eroding the dam about 1,950 feet above the riverbank. The landslide swept away many houses, livestock, and farmland.

Due to inaccessible roads in this area, many families cannot get immediate relief. Hunger pains affect the stomachs of little children as they cry for food.

Nine bereaved families are in urgent need of shelter. Currently, they are sharing their temporary shelters built with straw and bamboo leaves which itself is at high risk.

It is common for shelters in this area to be built with bamboo, local timbers, straw, and if possible, an aluminum metal roof that costs about $1700 including transportation costs.