I am writing this letter from Nepal, the week before Thanksgiving. It’s been a very full past three weeks, as our leaders in the country have been carrying out church savings group trainings for about 75 church leaders in two different regions. These groups provide vulnerable families with a place to safely save money, access small loans from their pooled savings, and care for each other’s needs. As we partnered with another organization, Hope International, to bring this curriculum to our local leaders here, this year I have served as a go-between – a bridge, if you will – between the two parties. I also took this trip to observe, because we want to see if this is a good fit for leaders in other countries who also want to grow their savings group ministries. Over this whole year, it’s been deeply exciting to see the long-held vision of our Nepali leaders to grow and multiply savings groups begin to come to fruition through this new partnership!
That is one of many things I’m grateful for this year. Partnerships. Growing partnerships with organizations like Jesus Film, SowHope, and Hope International, along with deepening partnerships we’ve had for years, as is the case with The Voice of the Martyrs and Global Commission Partners. These partnerships have helped church leaders in South Asia to do even more of the good work they have set their hands to.
I am also so thankful that after almost two and half years of no travel, I and our other staff have been able to take several trips to visit many of our leaders in person in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Bhutan. I am thankful that during this long season of a pandemic, the military coup in Myanmar, and many natural disasters, that you, our individual supporters have not become fatigued in giving, but have increased your generosity. I am thankful for our many prayer partners over this ministry. One of my favorite things to hear is that a church or individual is praying through our prayer calendar! I am thankful for each of the men and women we support and for the diverse gifts and approaches to ministry they each have. I am thankful to our Lord for providing for our physical and spiritual daily bread.
Thank you for being in this ministry with us! I pray this Advent season is one of peace and joy.