Profile: Birtamod, Nepal
February 01, 2017 at 6:00 AM
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Profile: Birtamod, Nepal
Q&A with the Director
Q: What are the important components to your ministry?
A: Our ministry has five major components: health care, health education, evangelism, spiritual build-up with leadership trainings, and church planting.
Q: What factors led you into a career in ministry work?
A: The need to save people spiritually is greater than the need to save them physically. The physical life we live is 100 years at the most, but the spiritual life we live is eternal, either with God or in separation from God. The need for reconciliation is crucial. What I have decided is to use my little talent, time and treasure to this purpose of winning souls from Nepal for the purpose of God. At the same time, my talent as a medical doctor has been a very appropriate tool to be used, which is a very good platform to approach to the people with the Gospel without any hindrances as health care is what our people urgently and all the time need as a good gift. Saving the people with both health care and God’s Word inspired me to be led in the ministry work.
Q: Describe some parts of the culture in the region where you operate your ministry?
A: The aspect which has much impact on our ministry is the Hindu religion. Our country had Hinduism as the state religion until few years back. Still, the Hindu radical group is protesting against the secular state and persecuting the Christians. We have to be very careful when we are sharing the Gospel not to speak a single word against Hinduism – though there are many things we ought to speak to let them know the truth. If we tell them the truth, we will be persecuted. This is our challenge in the ministry.
Q: How are you able to witness about Christ in your ministry?
A: We have to be very careful analyzing the incidence, situation, the type of people to which we are going to witness, and their need both physical and spiritual. We have to be as clever as the serpent and gentle as the dove. Many times we approach them with health care service which is a very good platform. At the same time, healing by prayer is another major success to approach.
As an example, last time we went to a village in the mountain called Gorkhe dhap where there was a lady who was paralyzed for six months and lying in the bed for that long time. We went there, prayed for her and something within me wanted me to tell her that she would be able to walk within one month. There were many others who heard me say that. She now is able to walk and has started her normal house work.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working in your position?
A: I enjoy a walk with the Lord. I see the miracles God is doing through us. I enjoy a team work though me as a coordinator and Christ as a supervisor. I enjoy the Luke Society as the best partner I have ever seen. The Luke Society has given so much of freedom in the ministry. We are given total freedom to be led by our own vision and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Luke Society partnership is wonderful. The other thing is I enjoy beside the success is to learn from the failures.
Q: What is your vision for the future of your ministry?
A: What we are doing right now is perfectly alright for the need of the present time. But one thing, if God allows, would be to establish a community hospital to increase our impact and be a sustainable ministry for many generations as effective as the Luke Society ministry in Nepal.