By Brother John

I was born in Nepal as a child of Hindu slaves. I was born a slave. In my early years all my family were slaves with daily duties for our Master. We were slaves who had debts we could not pay. When my father died when I was three, our indebtedness became all the more impossible and desperate for my Mom. We were sold to new Masters several times. When I was six, I was assigned to feed and water the animals. I never went to school.

When I was nine, we had a new Master who was a merciful man. Something about the desperate life of my Mom and us kids touched him. He told my Mom that he was cancelling our debts; we could go free wherever we wanted. For the first time in my life, I could go to school. The next five years were good years in school. But my older brother got married and left Mom and us. He would no longer work to help Mom. I had to quit school and work. I was a devoted Hindu, now 14 years old.

When I was fifteen, I was going home one evening past a church where a woman was screaming. I looked in through the open windows. A small group of Christians were earnestly praying for a woman who had a demon. She was the one screaming. I had never seen this before. I stood and watched. After much prayer, the woman was suddenly normal. The demon was gone. Jesus had great power and loved the woman by setting her free. As I continued to watch, the people talked to her about Jesus and with calmness and understanding about Jesus being the only Son of the only God, she opened her heart to be the home of Jesus, not a demon. I had never seen such spiritual power, nor had I seen people who could help those in trouble in this way. The next week I went back to the church. I sat in the back corner. They had joy as they sang and worshipped Jesus. The Pastor spoke from the Bible. I didn't understand much. But when it was over and I started to leave, the Pastor talked to me and showed me much care. One thing he said really hit me. "If you give yourself to Jesus, he can change your life."

I went back to church the next week. As the Bible was explained, a light went on in my understanding. I gave myself to Jesus and he completely changed my life. Having been set free at the age of nine from human slavery, I now experienced Jesus setting me free from spiritual slavery. I learned how the death of Jesus, God's Son, was the ransom payment that redeemed me from slavery to sin into the freedom and fullness of blessing of being Godís child bought with his blood. I had been captive to a system of darkness of millions of gods. Jesus died so I could belong to the one living God of supreme love. As it is written, "You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot . . . that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:9). My Mom and older brother were very upset. My Mom was quite clear and firm. If you stop going to church, you can stay at home. If you follow Jesus, you must leave. We will not help you with anything, including future education. You are on your own.

I left home. I went to the Pastor. In two days he had arranged for me to take discipleship training for a few months in India. It was amazing how the Lord used the Bible to sort out the mixed up thinking of a slave child. I came back to my home church and started to serve the Lord and teach his Word to children. As I grew in the Lord, I also got back into school. After a few years, I had learned to help teens and other adults with the gospel. My Mom also became a Christian as she saw such evidence of real power to change.

I felt it was God's will to prepare myself for more ministry. I went to Bible School in India for my Bachelor of Theology in pastoral ministry. Not only was it great to learn more about the Lord, but it was very kind of the Lord to provide Elena, a soul mate who also wanted to serve the Lord by reaching more people for Jesus.

When we graduated in 2009, we returned to Nepal to be married and start a church. We saw the Lord open hearts. We trained leaders. When a friend or relative came to the Lord, we helped them open their home in their town for reaching out to their friends. New Christians reached their relatives and friends, and we went to their home to share the gospel of Christ. God's Word won over many Hindu hearts. We now have seven churches in seven towns and one home group that will become a church as the Lord continues to work. We are encouraged and excited by how the Lord works through those who are weak to make himself strong and build his church.

We are all experiencing what Jesus says, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32). The one and only Son of God died for a slave boy named Kachan. The Lord amazes me.

Pastor Kachan is a leader in Nepal under our AIM Partner Madan. His area in Nepal is across the border from the ministry center of Pastor Madan in India, who gives strategic leadership to the development and mentoring of many others like Pastor Kachan. This is why AIM partners with Madan. In God's compassion and wisdom he knows how to reach the unreached and raise up leaders to reach the unreached people groups. With his language skills and complete understanding of culture, he can reach many more much quicker than foreign missionaries. But because of the poverty all around him, he lacks resources. This is where Canadian Christians can come alongside with prayer and financial partnership. Because of AIM's help, Madan is able to build a large and effective ministry team over a wide area reaching thousands more than if he was alone with without resources. Our AIM priorities this year are to add support for up to seven new stations between Madan and Kachan. Each of those places include monthly support for a young pastoral couple and a motorcycle for them.

March 8, 2019
Advancing Indigenous Missions 2019