Bible course puts a whole village on the right track
People of Ramche diving into God’s word for the first time
(Photo: © SEAN International)
A discipleship course run by CMS partners has helped transform an entire Nepali village.
The 70 households of Ramche were facing major challenges, including lack of education and healthcare, alcoholism and witch doctor influence.
“Various development initiatives had been tried there with little success,” said Tanka Subedi, director of the Institute of Theological Education by Extension in Nepal (ITEEN).
Tanka’s team began teaching Bible and discipleship courses from SEAN, a theological training programme directed by CMS associate mission partners Pancha and Terry Barratt.
The results have been life-changing.
One local pastor, Chitra, said, “When we started studying the course, we began to meaningfully understand the Bible. Though a pastor, I myself was addicted to alcohol and used to drink secretly. I have now stopped.”
He says that the courses have brought about spiritual, social and economic transformation as people have begun living as Christians.
Tanka agreed: “The way these Christians now live is proving to be a strong witness to the community.
"More now send their children to school, literacy has improved, early marriage has been discouraged and money previously spent unwisely is now being used for income generating activities [for the community].”
Sanitation and medical care have also improved.
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Published: 11:45 31 May 2011 | 1465 viewsLast updated: 31 May 2011 See other stories in these categories: DR Congo, MISSION UPDATE, Asia