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in a sense, mundane Christian lives.   eastern Nepal as well. The assembly in
          In the fall of 2011, Charles Davidson,   Aiyabari now has about 80 in fellowship.
        of Northern Ireland, visited the assembly.   Aiyabari has seen much blessing in a vil-
        With many contacts attending regularly,   lage about 30 minutes away from them
        he saw the potential for gospel meetings   called Shanti Chowk. There are about 15
        and suggested holding a gospel series on   believers now there. A new assembly has
        his next visit. In January 2012, the assem-  begun breaking bread in a small city called
        bly held what would be the first of many   Damak. A young brother by the name of
        gospel series taken by brother Charles in   Bhupal Rai, commended from Gangtok, is
        various assemblies in these parts. In nine   laboring there. The assembly has vibrant
        nights, 15 professed to be saved and many   outreaches in surrounding communities
        continue today in assembly fellowship.   near the Indian border and they are wit-
        Over the next few years, the Lord continu-  nessing many young people coming to the
        ally added to the assembly and there are   Lord at regular intervals.
        now about 55 in fellowship.            The need for sound Nepali literature is
          The assembly began to have a gospel   immense. Eight of the Focus On booklets
        exercise for other areas. A young couple   by John Ritchie have been translated in
        had been saved from a small village called   recent years. The Nepali hymnbooks used
                                             by most churches have many doctrinal
        Chinjey, located about one-half hour out-  errors and poorly translated hymns. Con-
        side Gangtok. This liquor-selling-turned-  sequently, a sound Nepali hymn book was
        Christian young couple opened their home   a great need. A little over a year ago, we
        for gospel meetings, and a few weeks after   had the joy of publishing a hymn book
        starting, broke down the wall between   with a good collection of over 300 hymns.
        their living room and bedroom in their   We are now working on making simple
        simple mud house to better accommodate   recordings and posting them online to
        the meetings. The young sister especially   ensure that there is consistency in singing
        was so thrilled to be able to use her simple   in the various Nepali-speaking assemblies.
        home for the Lord she would say, “I’m so   Family life keeps us quite busy. This
        happy. I feel like I’m already in heaven.”  year we have nine children/young adults
           As we looked at her simple dirt floors,   living with us, coming from various back-
        open fire for cooking, water pump and   grounds. Some are social orphans, some
        outhouse, we realized that we had many   face persecution for their faith, and some
        things to learn from them. The Lord began   come for a better education. We are very
        to work in Chinjey as well, and eventu-  thankful that most are saved and growing
        ally, four couples were saved as well as   in the Lord. The two youngest do not pro-
        several young people, one of whom now   fess salvation yet. We need much wisdom
        lives with us and is a gifted translator and   in mentoring these young people.
        bright student of the Word. In May 2016, an   We give thanks for the work the Lord
        assembly began breaking bread there. The   has been doing among Nepali-speaking
        assembly in Gangtok continues to support   people in India and Nepal. We would
        Chinjey in their weekly gospel meeting   value prayer, especially for wisdom in
        and Bible study. We are praying for more   the shepherding of young believers and
        locals to be saved.                  continued passion in preaching the gospel
          The Lord has continued to work in   in new areas.

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