(David Hennessey is a Graystone supported missionary through the Christian Alliance for Orphans. He coaches and consults with Christian leaders around the world as they develop national movements to inspire local churches in every country to care for orphans in their own communities.)
With Mount Everest in the distance, a group of 65 pastors from every region in Nepal gathered just outside Katmandu in January to learn about God’s heart for the orphan. Just as Graystone has heard the call for believers to respond to the “pure religion” of caring for orphans (as described in James 1:27), pastors and orphan champions in Nepal are rising to call the Nepalese Church to care for orphans in its backyard.
Nepal is a primarily Hindu country with less than 1.5% Christians, but this minority has great vision! This group of pastors, led by the Holy Spirit, drafted a written vision for Nepal’s orphans over the next 10 years. Their vision focused on children’s spiritual development, families adopting kids into their homes, churches embracing adoptive and foster families, communities supporting orphan care, and national government supporting through simpler adoption laws and regulations.
What a blessing to help facilitate that discussion and deliberation by the faith community! Since my January trip, a dozen churches in far west Nepal committed to identifying one family in each of their congregations that will pursue adoption in the next year. That means 12 children will no longer be orphans! Praise God for this first glimpse of what the Lord will do across Nepal!
Please pray for this new “Nepal Without Orphans” movement of churches and organizations, and for similar efforts in countries on every continent.
To learn more about David’s work globally, please visit http://www.cafo.org/global.
Posted on Wed, March 26, 2014
by David Hennessey filed under