“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together”. – John 4:35-36 (NIV)
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Matthew 24:14(NIV)
We acknowledge the mandate of evangelization given by the Lord throughout His word. It is the mission of Arpan Ministries to demonstrate the Kingdom of God through signs, miracles, and wonders. We, through strategic partnerships, aim to help finish the task of the Great Commission. Nepal has become the focus of our ministry. The work is an expression of Christian compassion and evidence of God’s grace. Our members are called by God to belong to, be committed to and serve Nepali churches. We believe God the Father, in accordance with the Great Commission of His Son Jesus Christ, has entrusted us His mission to reach the nation of Nepal which can be accomplished only through the power of Holy Spirit.
a) Focus on Church Planting:
The ethnic groups in the hills are primarily unreached and uneducated too. While most of the mission works are concentrated on the Terai (plain) regions and Urban areas (Kathmandu and east Nepal), there is comparatively lesser efforts focused towards the hills. The statistics of the unreached people group in hills show that they are basically animistic in nature and therefore more receptive to accept the message of the gospel. However, due to lack of facilities and infra structure, very few people desire to go there. In midst of this, our vision and burden is to carry the mandate to the unreached hills so that these people groups might also taste the love of Jesus.
b) Training Lay Leaders:
Though there is a greater need of church planting in the hills, it also needs to be noticed that the existing churches do not have trained leaders. These leaders are not exposed to either secular or theological education. Because of this, the effectiveness of ministry is relatively lesser. No studies have been done to understand the anthropological and contextual nature of the ethnic groups. Moreover, some of the approaches and strategies used by these leaders have in some way hindered the growth of Christianity. This has happened not because of the lack of commitment of the leaders in the hills but simply due to the lack of training. At this juncture, I feel it is extremely important to officially train the lay leaders.There are at least two kinds of training:
- Discipleship/Leadership Training for Ministers:
This training will be aimed to teach the leaders so that they may train others. (2. Timothy 2:2). This is significant in Nepal’s context due to the fact that there are many untrained Pastors and leaders in our country.
- Empowering Women Leaders:
Most of the men in Nepal are working abroad for their daily survival. This leaves the women back at home. Churches also have a higher percentage of women compared to men. Therefore, it is essential to equip the women leaders and train them to identify their potentials.