Church Planter - Nepal
Chandra B. was converted after leaving Nepal to work in Bahrain. He returned to Nepal, felt God calling him into the ministry, and went to India for two years for theological studies. Now he is in southwestern Nepal working full-time in church planting ministry.
Testimony of Conversion
My name is Chandra B., and I am 42 years old. I have a lovely wife, Pabitra. We have been married 10 years, and still we have no children.
I was born in a Hindu family. From my childhood, I was taught the Hindu religion and customs from my grandfather. As I grew up and started to go school, I was taught about both the Hindu religion and the Christian God. My school teacher used to teach me that Hindu gods and the Christian God are the same. She said there are different ways to worship God, but finally we will meet in one way and go to heaven. This was the viewpoint of my teacher as he taught about religion. But I was not satisfied with this answer, and I was confused and bothered throughout my days.
I studied up to 10th standard, but I stopped my studies because of financial problems. Later on, I applied for a visa to Bahrain for a job. I went to Kathmandu for my passport, and then I came to the city where my relatives lived, and I stayed one month with them to wait for my visa. In 1982, there was not any church in that city. My relatives used to have prayer meetings and Christian fellowship. At that time, I had the privilege to join in the meetings, and I came to know something about Christ.
After one month, I went to Bahrain and began to work there. During this time, I was able to attend an English church service. Though I didn’t know the language, some of my Nepalese friends translated, and I was able to understand. Later on, in the capital city of Bahrain, a new Nepali fellowship was started, and I had the privilege to join that service. John 14:6 was the main encouraging verse for me at this time.
I continued to grow in Christ, and in 1984, I accepted the Lord as my Savior and was baptized in the name of the Triune God. Later on, I was persecuted by my relatives and friends who were orthodox Hindus. However, I couldn’t change my heart and mind, but I stood firm in Jesus. I received love, care, and unity from Christian brothers and sisters while I was in Bahrain, and this encouraged me a lot.
The company in Bahrain was eventually closed, and I returned back to Nepal. I was planning to go to another country, but I couldn’t because of a physical problem. Some of the pastors told me to stay at home, and they encouraged me to work for the Lord. Later on, I realized God’s calling in my life for His work. Then I started to be involved in ministry, and in the year 2000, God opened a door for me for theological studies. I completed a two-year course at Darjeeling Hills Bible School, India, and I returned back to Nepal. Then I began working full-time in the ministry.
There have been many challenges in my life while working in the field of ministry, but, by His grace, I have come so far. I thank God as well as the HeartCry family for supporting us for the extension of His kingdom. Please pray for my ministry and my family. For many years, we have not had any children, and we are praying for a child. Please pray for us.