Nepal Vision Trip 2014

Day 1 in Nepal

Our first full day in Nepal started early. Wake up call at 5:30 AM and breakfast by 6:30, although, jet lag woke up most of us before then. After two days on an Etihad flight, we were all ready to stretch our legs in the land of the Himalayas. Unfortunately, our legs were in for a rude awakening as to a reality of Himalayan life – there are no short drives in Nepal.

The plan for the day was to drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, a distance of a little over 170 kilometers, and dedicate two newly constructed churches along the way. The itinerary scheduled six and a half hours for the drive, plus another two hours to visit two churches that would be dedicated. Despite the generous time allotted for such a short distance, we didn’t arrive in Pokhara until roughly thirteen hours after we left Kathmandu.

In America with our highways and bi-ways, it is easy to take for granted the ease with which we travel between our various daily activities. The Nepalese know no such luxury. To go to work or attend church, they must traverse steep mountain passes, climb sheer cliffs, navigate dangerously narrow roads, and brave traffic caught in a perpetual game of chicken. We caught a glimpse of this toil as we dodged oncoming cars as well as bounced and careened around Nepali roads.

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Chaundra, a local pastor associated with the churches to be dedicated, rode the bus with us to guide our trek (and calm our nerves). He is a thoughtful and warm man, and he shared his story of becoming a Christian. Like many Nepali Christians, he converted after a pivotal life experience. His father died when he was very young, and his mother passed soon thereafter. While his mother was ill, she was nursed by two Christian missionaries from Scandinavia. Before her death she became a believer and was baptized. Upon her death she asked the missionary nurses who cared for her in her passing to take care of her son and be sure he was raised as a Christian. He was educated, worked, married, and left his job when he felt called to serve God. Early in his marriage his wife fell severely ill and her condition deteriorated over a period of years. They had very little when life was uncertain, but their faith brought both healing and perseverance as his wife lives a healthy and joyful life today.

Chaundra, like most pastors in Nepal have been jailed at least once during their live of Christian service. Until 2006 the practice of Christianity was illegal in Nepal. If you converted to the Christian faith you could be imprisoned for 1 year. After your sentence, you were required to convert back to your prior faith. If you attempted to convert others, the punishment was 2-5 years imprisonment. For these reasons, the majority of Nepalese people associated in Christian ministries suffered these consequences for their beliefs and practices.

The first church we visited was located up rocky, dirt road off of the main highway near the city of Gorkha.  The people welcomed us and a throng of children mobbed those of bearing gifts of candy and trinkets. Connie Richards performed the ribbon cutting as her church funded its construction. The church pastor ushered us into the building where one of the children presented each member of our group with a cream colored silk scarf. Connie presented a framed collection of photos, illustrating the exterior and interior of her church and their pastor and pastor’s wife to remind the Nepali congregation who is praying for them in the United States. The pastor graciously accepted Connie’s thoughtful gift and displayed the framed photographs on the alter stage. Connie then honored the local pastors and those persons who helped build the church with an ICM cross necklace. The pastor specifically recognized two individuals, one man and one woman who were instrumental in the creation of the church, through their respective construction and cooking talents.

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The second dedication did not take place due to a death of a family member who lived directly next door to the newly erected church. In Nepali culture a family cannot celebrate for one year after a death; however, we were still able to meet, pray for and honor the church community for their accomplishments. The church was located off one of the main roads near the first church, so we parked and walked down a somewhat narrow mountain pass to find a church built into the side of what we would consider a mountain, but our Nepali partners noted was a mere hill. Regardless of its designation, the setting was nothing shy of majestic as the doors of the church opened to view the twinkling lights of a mountain village located directly across a vast valley. Mike Maddy, a minister from Iowa, honored the pastor with an ICM cross and distributed colorful stuffed animals for the children, as his church funded the church’s construction.

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It was dark by the time we returned to the bus from the second church. Sam, tour guide extraordinaire and ICM Director of Partnership Review, recounted the story of meeting his wife as we traveled the last leg of our 120 mile journey to Pokhara.  Some of us fell asleep, although, this was due to exhaustion rather than Sam’s incredible tale of love and providence. We reached our destination around ten o’clock, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and collapsed into bed.

Day 2 in Nepal

We woke on our second day in Pokhara, Nepal to the sound of birds chirping loudly and the chatty return of sporty European hikers who had already summited an unknown peak to undoubtedly view the revered Himalyan sunrise. We opted for a later start; our contrasting sluggish group filed into breakfast. The morning was spent walking and shopping the market streets of Pokhara, enjoying the beautiful view across the large lake, around which the main street wound.

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Our flight back to Kathmandu, after which we planned to visit the Nepal Church Fellowship radio station and observe two Mini Bible College Bible studies. One meetings, was unfortunately canceled due to weather related delays. We boarded our trusty bus in the excellent care of our bus driver, whom we quickly learned to trust with our lives as he navigated the wild roads of the country, and settled into a 6 hour trip back to Kathmandu. We arrived late in the evening, ate dinner at the hotel, and retired to our hotel rooms.

Day 3 in Nepal

The Himalayas are truly bigger, grander, and more awe inspiring than any other mountain range on earth. Today we drove up and over what the Nepalese call a “hill.”  I don’t know any hills that climb above the cloud line or terminate hundreds and thousands of feet higher than the tallest peak on the east coast of America. While the far away views of snow capped peaks [6,000-7,000 meters high (Everest is 8,800 meters)] were obstructed by hazy skies, the immensity of these “smaller” ranges were sufficiently draw dropping for us Westerners.

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Pastor Samuel, a leader in the Christian Nepalese community, joined us for today’s church visits. Pastor Samuel is an impressive man whose conversion to Christianity grew out of a unhealthy childhood and young adulthood that led to a nearly fatal upper respiratory illness. After coming to faith, he stopped taking all his medications and relied on the newfound peace of Jesus for healing. He miraculously became well and continues to be in good health today. In addition to his testimony, Pastor Samuel apprised us of the history of Nepal and the plight of Christians over the last fifty years.

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Our mountain journey took us roughly three hours north of Kathmandu to a small region near Syabrubesi, located just south of the Chinese border. Our ride was arduous and although we were traveling on “good roads,” we gasped, covered our eyes, and prayed both silently and out loud for a safe passage through (and over) the mountains.

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Our first stop was a small structure, made entirely of corrugated tin and wooden poles, that served as a church for a rural community of roughly over a hundred Christians. We exited the bus and were greeted by two rows of women and men holding garlands of yellow and gold marigolds, purple thistle, and other vibrant flowers. Our necks were donned as we walked towards the building, where we sat and heard the story of the pastor and his church. Notably, one 81-year old woman walked over 1 hour to attend church every week and she was often the first to arrive!  This woman was not unique; many members of their congregation (and many others as we learned through visiting churches in Nepal) walk great distances to worship.

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Our second stop of the day was to visit a school and church under construction in the city just below our first stop.  As we viewed the church space, a half completed second story of a building still under construction, the elementary school let out for lunch, and a long line of adorable children greeted us.

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Thereafter we made our way across the street and walked along a dirt path that led through a small neighborhood and across an empty field to a third church near Syabrubesi.  Here we met another local pastor who shared his testimony with us.  His story was particularly compelling as he explained how God answered his three prayers, all of which he prayed as an atheist prior to becoming a Christian. His community aspires to be a Hope Center church.  They are an enterprising community. The Church members were not permitted to use the local water source, so, the church built its own well on the property. After visiting the final church, we shared an authentic Nepalese lunch with Pastor Samuel and some of the local pastors.

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Upon return to Kathmandu, the women in our group met with Pastor Samuel’s wife and her sister to discuss the work of female Christians in Nepal. The fellowship of women administer many programs to enhance the spiritual and physical lives of women in the country. In addition to a literacy program, the women make wedding veils for brides-to-be, learn to cook various healthy and protein rich foods, like peanut butter, and most significantly, they designed and teach women to make home-made sanitary napkins. Most Nepalese women use rags in the place of sanitary napkins, complicating problems associated with women’s hygiene. The napkins are a huge success and showcase the inspiring ingenuity of these community leaders. The stories shared with the female ICM representatives will help inform and enhance the ICM’s Women’s Initiative as their successes will reach the ears and hearts of ICM partners and members in the US.

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We were joined by board members from a national association of churches, known as NCF, for dinner. NCF also operates a network of radio stations across the country that broadcasts the gospel. They brought several local minsters as well who use ICM’s Mini-Bible College MegaVoice device. After dinner, we heard a presentation from NCF and the local ministers concerning the association’s work in Nepal over the last twenty years as well as the churches built in conjunction with ICM. The work accomplished to date is significant and its growth will be shared in partnership with ICM.

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Day 4 in Nepal

Today is sadly our last day in Nepal. After breakfast in the hotel, we boarded a new bus and headed to the NCF radio station to witness the work we were unable to see two days prior due to our canceled flight. The morning rush hour traffic put Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and any other US city you could possibly imagine to shame. The horrendous traffic caused us to skip seeing the radio station and instead we went directly to the airport.

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Our flight out of the country was delayed, but we finally departed a normal two hours late.  We took off, reached our altitude and caught a glimpse of the mighty and breath taking Mount Everest.  After another delay in Bangkok we finally arrived to Chiang Mai and are looking forward to our time in Thailand!

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The Manger: Portal of Power

Culture has crowded Christmas and shrouded, in many cases even eliminated, the point of the miracle. It seems fewer and fewer people can articulate the meaning of the holiday. The day may shortly come where the number of people who can define Christmas rivals the number who can define Arbor Day.

Christmas Spirit is identified by most people as a sentimental feeling filled with trappings and traditions that provide an annual emotional anchor. But these traditions have virtually nothing to do with the origin of the holiday. If this sparks even the slightest concern in your spirit, then we would all do well to return to the source. And we’re not talking about the Wal-Mart toy department, the corner Christmas tree lot or the cardboard box of lights in the garage. Let’s try opening something else besides our Christmas presents this year. Let’s open the Bible.

Ask a Christian about the meaning of Christmas and they’ll tell you it marks the birth of Jesus, and they’re right. Ask a non-Christian and they’ll most likely answer likewise. So what’s the difference? Not much. But a close examination of the scriptures, which are readily available on library shelves, dusty home shelves and in the religious section at your local Barnes and Noble, describe a startling revelation of the origin of the Christmas holiday. Are you ready? Here it is:

God entered a portal of time and space to become a man in a supernatural strategy to lovingly woo us to Himself.

At the heart of Christmas is love. Not the love of a mom and dad putting presents under the tree, nor the love of grandma in the kitchen cooking a turkey, nor the love of tiny tots reveling in new toys. No, at the heart of Christmas is the Creator, Almighty God, reaching out in love to a clueless creation and proclaiming, “you may not understand how and why, but I’m coming to you and laying down my life so that we can be together forever.”

Remember those readily available scriptures? Read for yourself:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16.

Cynics continue to attack this powerful truth. In fact they wouldn’t call it truth at all, but an illusion, a lie, a fairy tale or some inane religious tradition. They would tell us that God is either in our imagination, or unknowable or subjective. Then, they would go even further to decry God’s capacity or volition to love, as if love is merely a human invention. The scriptures unabashedly disagree. God exists. He loves us and wants us to live forever. Therefore he has given us the greatest gift (dare we say Christmas gift?). He entered human race in the vicinity now known as the Middle East over 2000 years ago for one reason; to die. We use the term entered rather than born, not because He wasn’t born in Bethlehem as a baby, He was. It’s just that the scriptures are so very clear that Jesus was God and is God and always existed. The manger was simply the portal in which He penetrated human time and space.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:9.

How do we know He existed before Bethlehem? One of His disciples, the Apostle John opens his Gospel with the following profundity:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” – John 1:1.

The “Word” here is Jesus Christ Himself. But how do we translate the person of Jesus out of the word Word? Reading further in John chapter one, a few more verses down, there can be no mistake who the “Word” is:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14.

Simply put, these verses plainly declare the Deity of Jesus Christ. He was God incarnate. His name was Emmanuel, which as any good protestant or catholic knows means, “God with us.” The Apostle Paul put it this way:

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, . .” – Colossians 2:5.

So the observance of the Christmas holiday should be the observance of the incarnation of God. It ought to be a celebration of the dissension of the all powerful Supreme Being, the worship of the all sovereign Most High God and the deep recognition that the omniscient Creator has intersected with the human race for a limited 33 year supernatural visitation of purpose.

Without doubt, one of the most compelling theological truths is the Biblical assertion that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second member of the trinity, is Creator:

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him.” – Colossians 1:16.

Look at John chapter one again:

All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. – John 1:3.

Everything we see and even all that we do not see, was created by the Lord Jesus Christ. Wait a minute you say, I thought God was creator. Exactly. Jesus told us;

“if you have seen me you have seen the Father” -John 14:9.

and:

“I and the Father are one.”- John 10:30.

He made the world with all its mountains and oceans and He also made us – black, white, brown. Each of us are unique, individual creations brought into existence by the creative mind of God. Then by His will, He gave us permission to live and breathe and think and grow within this habitat He created called Planet Earth. But when sin was found in us genetically, as a result of our ancestor’s disobedience, He entered the portal at Bethlehem and became a baby who then grew into a man who willingly laid down His life so we could live in that supreme habitat He created called Heaven forever.

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.” – Romans 11:36.

Christmas is not simply about the birth of a very special baby. It’s about the incarnation. It’s God the Creator entering the portal of human time and space (or the time space continuum as our modern parlance has identified it) for the purpose of wooing us back to Himself.

I believe the shepherds in the fields understood this was not about a baby. After the angel announced from the sky in a brilliant display of power and beauty, that the child had been born, the Bible tells us a great multitude of angels appeared in the sky singing great praises to God. What they witnessed must surely have changed their lives forever. Then suddenly, the angels disappeared. After the darkness of night returned, what did the shepherds say to each other? “Let’s go see this baby?” No, they didn’t say that. “Let us go worship this child who will one day be the King of Kings?” No, they didn’t say that either. Read carefully what they actually said;

Let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” – Luke 2:15b.

That’s not the way people talk when planning to visit a newborn baby. They say, “let’s go see the new baby,” or something like that. But after the angelic proclamation in the skies over Bethlehem, the shepherds clearly said “let us see this thing that has happened.” What thing? The birth of a baby? No, the “thing” they referred to can only be the miraculous and unprecedented incarnation of Almighty God.

They were fully aware of the eternal significance of what had taken place. In their hearts they understood God had entered the portal of human history at the humble point of a Middle Eastern barn. He came for one reason; to die. He came to die for those He created who had fallen into sin – which is all of us. He came to die in our place.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23.

Christmas is surrounded by gift-giving. But there is no greater gift in all the universe than the gift God has given you and me. The free gift of eternal life.

If you left your present under the tree unwrapped, what kind of gift would that be? It would be a gift not fully received, that’s certain.

Why not right now, fully receive the greatest gift you’ll ever be offered?

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” – John 1:12

You might say, how do I receive the free gift of eternal life? You receive it by faith. Bow your head and close your eyes right where you are and pray something like this:

Dear God – I come before you as a sinner in need of salvation. I understand the wages of sin is death. I now place my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who died in my place on the cross and I ask Him to come into my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it from the depths of your being, you can be assured of forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Now you must grow in Christ and that is best done by becoming part of a Bible teaching church.

If you made the decision to put your faith in Christ, I would love to hear from you so I can pray for you.

Merry Christmas!

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Prayer for Russia and Her Neighbors

Recently, leaders of Bible Mission International visited ICM at our offices in Hampton, Virginia to strategize and plan the slate of 2014 construction projects in the former Soviet Union. For several years, it has been ICM’s honor and privilege to serve God alongside BMI, building churches and hope centers in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Everyone knows what a church is, but a hope center is simply a facility that provides shelter, warmth and nourishment (both physical and spiritual) to families and individuals who find themselves displaced or downtrodden. It’s a modern day good Samaritan ministry that introduces people to Christ and His rescuing love. And a hope center is always affiliated with a church. During the course of our November 2013 planning meeting, we paused for prayer, thanking God for the blessing of service and beseeching Him to guide and direct us as we prepare to continue the work in 2014 and beyond.

Pictured left to right; Burt Reed (VP Special Projects – ICM), Dois Rosser (ICM Founder and Chair Emeritus), Geof Stiff (President, ICM), Brad Orchard (Director of Partnerships, Europe and Asia – ICM), Paul Hagelgans (Field Director, BMI) and Mark Reimschissel (VP BMI).

Please pray that God richly blesses the partnership between BMI and ICM in 2014!

For ICM,

Brad Orchard

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Upheaval in Ukraine

Anti-government protests in the wake of the Ukrainian president’s reversal on a plan to engage economically with the west and instead align with Russia, has resulted in widespread violence in the capitol city of Kiev and elsewhere in this former Soviet State. Activists within the Ukraine were counting on this measure to provide economic improvement and growth through an alliance with the European Union, but at the eleventh hour before signing the agreement, the president bowed to pressure by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin according to news reports today (December 9, 2014). There is a larger issue here of course and it is, in fact, a spiritual matter. The people of Ukraine, as with all peoples around the world, view economic growth and security, as well as political peace, to be the antidote for all of their problems. The Bible however, proposes a different remedy for the ills of Ukrainian society and for that matter, the world at large. What the Ukrainians need and what all people need is not a solution, or a plan, or a vote, or a raise in salary. They need a person. They need the Prince of Peace. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. – Isaiah 9:6 – 7. Over the past several years, ICM has built or has under construction 62 Bible teaching churches in the Ukraine. But the need is so much greater. We pray that God will provide an increase in donor participation as we seek to build still hundreds more churches in the Ukraine and throughout the former Soviet Union. We pray that God will use ICM and His church building program to usher in an era of peace and once and for all eliminate, the upheaval in Ukraine.

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Brad Orchard

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Gospel Challenges in Bangladesh

During my recent visit to the predominately Muslim nation of Bangladesh, I learned much of the challenges facing our brothers and sisters in Christ who labor tirelessly in that country. One dedicated ICM partner was invited by a well known international aid organization to implement their feeding program among poor Bangladeshi children through his network of rural churches. The aid program stipulated that all food distribution should mirror the religious make up of Bangladesh. In other words, 90% of the food should be given to Muslim children and 10% to Christian children. At first blush, it appeared to our partner to be a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with all children involved. However, Bangladeshi Muslim parents typically ban their children from listening to the gospel as a contingent to receiving food. Additionally, Muslim leaders are likely to accuse our partner of “buying” converts in the process. Deeming the opportunity to be a “lose-lose” situation, our ICM partner sadly turned the offer down. Another ICM Partner reports that an influential American governmental agency is sponsoring an “imam training program” in Bangladesh in the hopes of making Islamic imams more moderate. It is, no doubt, a vain secular attempt at containing what is clearly a spiritual war. Additionally, a growing number of Muslim schools in the country target young people, educating and training them as a new generation of militant jihadists. At the present time, most Bangladeshi Muslims are indeed moderate and in fact quite ignorant of the contents of the Qu ran and the embodiment of the tenets of Islam. But despite all of this, there is anecdotal evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit throughout Bangladesh. Recently, one of our ICM partners made a purchase at a small urban store. When he was given too much change after paying the charge, he quietly returned the overage to the shopkeeper, a Muslim. The woman asked if he was a Christian. Our partner answered in the affirmative and her response was, “I knew it. All Christians are honest.”

We trust you’ll pray for our partners in Bangladesh.

For ICM,

Brad Orchard

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Goni Christian: Martyred for Christ

Goni was a Muslim doctor living in poverty with his wife and two daughters in a northern Bangladeshi village. When presented with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, he gladly gave his heart and life to the Lord. Shortly afterward, he was moved to begin a ministry offering free medical attention to his Muslim neighbors, even as he shared Christ with as many who would listen. Everyone called him, “Goni Christian.” Eventually, Goni planted and led a new congregation in the shadow of the local mosque, angering the Islamic hierarchy. Consequently, relations in the community were constantly tense and frequently volatile. Suddenly, one hot and humid evening, between 8:00pm and 8:30pm, in August of 2004, while returning home from his rustic, make shift medical clinic, Goni was brutally attacked with a knife by two Muslims laying in wait on the side of a dirt road. Mercilessly, they slit his throat in the same manner goats are slaughtered. Twenty four hours later, in the midst of voluminous wailing and weeping, the small remnant of believers laid the faithful pastor-turned-martyr to rest in a hastily dug grave just 40 feet from the front door of his family’s humble home. With no electricity available, the memorial service was conducted by motorcycle headlight. Many Christians did not attend, choosing rather to hide in their homes in fear of being killed themselves. Today the church founded by Goni Christian has ballooned to 160 people and God willing, ICM will build an appropriate church building for Goni’s congregation very soon.

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Brad Orchard

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Bangladesh Bodyguards

Most people are unaware that Dhaka, the capitol of Bangladesh, is not only the ninth largest city in the world, but is known as the city of mosques. With ninety per cent of the population adhering to Islam, it is challenging for Christianity to survive, let alone thrive. As I recently traveled in rural villages north of Dhaka with ICM potential partner, the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF), it was necessary for police protection to be provided for me wherever I went. My white American face could’ve sparked an incident. Local Imams preach against Americans, calling them “Christians.” In their viewpoint, it is Christians attacking the Muslims in Afghanistan. It is Christians on the move around the world against Islam. And whenever the U.S. Government takes an action that can be perceived as being against Islam (e.g. potential action in Syria or Iran), local Baptist groups are frequently attacked with rocks and fire accompanied by the vociferous rage of misguided village Muslims. Nonetheless, BBCF has over 200 ICM qualifying congregations that we hope to systematically build churches for, hopefully transforming a nation full of mosques, into a nation full of churches.

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Brad Orchard

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Sarojini’s Story

When she was born in a poor village in Sri Lanka, the thirty year war was just completing its first decade. Little Sarojini knew nothing during her brief childhood but the hunger of poverty and the sound of gunfire. When she became a teenager, young Sarojini was forced against her will to join the rebel army. They taught her how to fire a weapon as well as other rudimentary disciplines of battle. Many young people recruited at the same time as Sarojini, lost their lives in the Sri Lankan war. Sarojini was fortunate, she only lost her left leg when a land mine exploded beneath her during one late night skirmish. When the war ended in 2009, God provided a prosthetic leg for her. But more eternally important, God arranged for Sarojini to hear the gospel and she subsequently gave her life to Christ. She now serves in a church recently built by ICM in partnership with one of our Sri Lankan ministry partners.

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Brad Orchard

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Saturating Siberia

The Transiberian Railway is the oldest and longest train route in the world. Running across Siberia in southern Russia from Moscow in the north and to “the ends of the earth” in Vladivostok near the sea of Japan, the Transiberian darts through cities and communities where Joseph Stalin once sent thousands of Germans to the “Gulags” during World War II. Along the route, one can see 400 kilometers of Soviet-style “apartment housing from that horrible era of world history. During that time, German believers planted small churches as they called out to God for mercy and deliverance form Stalin’s nightmare. Decades later, when communism in Russia finally failed, old German Christians returned to Germany, thus weakening the Siberian churches they had started. ICM, in partnership with BMI (Bible Mission International) is seeking to construct 100 plus churches along the Transiberian Railway route. This is a “God-size” mission and we are praying you’ll join us in this new initiative!

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Brad Orchard

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In Desperation

While traveling in Nepal and meeting ICM Partners here, I was told the heart wrenching story of desperate families trying to survive amidst profound poverty. One poor woman escaped an abusive relationship in her village and carrying her toddler into the city was able to find menial work. Each morning she would tie up the child for his safety inside her roach infested rented room. For hours the child remained bound without food or water until the mother returned from work. One of ICM’s partners learned of the situation and was able to rescue both mother and child by God’s grace, The spiritual need is desperate in Nepal and desperate needs require desperate measures. We pray that more ICM Donor Partners may step forward to help us build more churches and shelters in Nepal.

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Brad Orchard

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