EDITOR’S NOTE: Nov. 29-Dec. 6 is this year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention with the theme “Because of Who He Is” from Psalm 96:3 (HCSB). The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches support international workers in seeking to fulfill the Great Commission. Gifts to the Lottie Moon offering are received through local Southern Baptist churches or online at imb.org/offering, where there are resources to promote the offering. This year’s goal is $175 million.
SOUTH ASIA (BP) — The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal in April, killing more than 9,000 people, quickly thrust the Asian nation into the spotlight. Relief agencies and volunteers arrived in the country’s capital city of Kathmandu and outlying villages to offer help to Nepalis whose lives were forever changed.
Christian workers such as Carl Russell* and Marcia and Drew Neely*, however, had already been at work in this predominately Hindu country long before the world was watching the tumult.
They help teach believers in a church in Kathmandu how to share the Gospel with other people and how to start new churches. They also meet regularly with believers to disciple and pray with them.
In Nepal, the number of believers is small, with less than 1 percent of nearly 28.8 million people trusting in Jesus. So when Nepali believers Amit and Kiran Thapa* saw that Christian workers were willing to invest their lives in helping to disciple and equip them as well as their church and other believers, they wanted to express their gratitude.
The Thapas made a financial donation in honor of Russell and the Neelys to IMB. Their gesture from Asia reflects the gifts of thousands of other individuals and churches to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering aiming to make Kingdom work possible in Nepal and other unreached areas globally.
Amit and Kiran Thapa not only gave sacrificially, but their lives represent many among the world’s peoples who have been impacted for the Gospel because Southern Baptists continue to support international missions through each year’s Lottie Moon Christmas Offering as well as their churches’ year-round gifts through the Cooperative Program.
Learn more at imb.org/give.