July and August Update

July and August Update

I have done my best at sending monthly updates since we arrived on the field. I think as you hear about all that has been going the last two months, you will understand the hiccup last month. We hope you praise the Lord with us as you hear what He has been doing and pray for us as we continue to move forward for Him.

In July, Amber and I finished formal language school! After 15 months of 4 hours of class each day, it has been a relieving but difficult transition. We still have so much to learn in the language but are trusting that, as we move forward, and put ourselves in harder language situations, the Lord will meet our needs and bless our efforts. Our first step forward was to find a place to rent for our first church plant in Kathmandu. We praise the Lord that we have signed all the paperwork and payed the advance for the building He has provided. It is in a great location in Kapan, Kathmandu. Please pray that God will begin working in hearts in this area. Our desire is to began making contacts here before our short furlough over Christmas, and, upon return in February, we will be able to quickly prepare for the first service of (Suruvat) Beginnings Baptist Church of Kathmandu.

Also, this past month, I had the opportunity to visit our co-laborers in India, Jim and Autumn Roberts. It was a great time seeing how God is at work in Delhi and encouraging each other in the work in which God has brought us together. It was exciting to even understand a little bit of Hindi! There are many similarities between Nepali and Hindi and even much of the same vocabulary. However, Hindi verb structure differs and makes it difficult to understand completely. The amazing thing, though, is that most (if not all) Nepalis can understand and speak Hindi. Please pray that God would allow this to be an open door between the ministries of Nepal and India.

Throughout all this time, we have also been keeping up the work on Camp Refuge. We have done a little more excavating, and now that the rainy season has come to an end, we are starting the construction of some retaining walls on the property. We met with a contractor this past week to begin plans for our camp facility. I am excited to share more with you over the next few months as we move forward and ask that you would pray that God would meet the financial need of this much needed and exciting ministry opportunity in Kathmandu, Nepal.

On top of all this, we had a great visit from Amber’s parents and Vision Baptist Church, the home of our mission board. Also, please pray as my home church will be visiting this week to not only encourage our family but also to help us move forward into this next step of ministry!

Land In Nepal

This has been an incredible month for us on the field! God has provided us a piece of property for the future of our Church Camp here in Kathmandu. We finalized the purchase two weeks ago and started the excavation the very next day. It is so exciting to see this land begin to be prepared for a building. Please pray for us as we will need to raise the money required to complete this great and needed project for Nepal. We are currently working on the building plans to have a more accurate understanding of the financial requirements. Please consider being a part of this project to not only strengthen the believers and churches but to also open up doors for evangelism in this needy city and country.

Paul Taube

April 2016

This past month I had the opportunity to visit the villages of Nepal for the first time. It was a two day drive around the mountains of Nepal on some of the most dangerous roads in the world. The third day, we hiked 4 hours to reach the church we met with in Salyan(pictured left). As you can imagine, these villages have very little outside resources. There are no roads, electricity, water, shops, etc. Everything we ate was grown there by the people, and the water is taken from springs and streams for cooking and drinking. This trip was so eye opening for me as a missionary to this country. God really used this trip to renew my burden and heart to reach these people for Christ.

 

IMG_1611The main thing that burdened my heart was the great need of the gospel in Nepal. Until last week, all I knew was the capital city of 5 million people that have far too few missionaries and even less churches. However, In Nepal, with a population of over 30 million, the majority of people are living in situations more like what I saw this week in the village. Many if not most of these places have not met a pastor or missionary sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are living in darkness and must be reached in our lifetime.

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Please pray with us that God would use us and our ministry not only to reach Kathmandu but also all over Nepal with the gospel. Many questions need to be asked and answered. Such as, how can we reach so many small villages in a short amount of time? How can indigenous churches be planted in small communities?. To ask the right questions and to find the answers, the other missionaries and I need the wisdom and help of God. Please pray that God would help us in this great task!

February 2016

As we come to the last month of our first year on the field our life is really starting to pick up speed as we serve God in Nepal. Doors are opening and opportunities are coming faster than we keep up. Our language still consumes most of our time as we still have lots to learn and lots of room for improvement in speed and pronunciation. Please continue to pray that our language will be able to keep up with our desire to begin getting more involved in church planting ministry.

The most exciting thing for me is the opportunity to begin clearly sharing the gospel with those we see all the time. I have been studying the Bible for language practice with one of the young men from one of the established churches here in Kathmandu. He has been such a help and blessing to me. However, I am hoping to start studying the Bible with unbelievers. Please pray for my Nepali and also for God to open a door with some people to study the Bible.

Also, on our last newsletter I shared with you our desire to start a church camp in Kathmandu. Since then, have finished all the paperwork for our business visa! This means that Amber and I can continue to live and serve here in Kathmandu with our family. This was a known obstacle that we have been praying for a solution for since God moved our family to Nepal. We are so excited as not only does this meet our visa necessity but will also give us great outreach opportunities and church strengthening opportunities here in Kathmandu. Please pray that God would open a door for us as we are looking for land to establish Camp Refuge.

Prayer Review:

  1. Language studies
  2. Opportunities for Bible studies
  3. Land for Camp Refuge