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Mission: Nepal

Project 1:27

UPDATE: We now have 30 children at an orphanage outside of Kathmandu. Most do not even have a sponsor parent. You can sponsor an orphan for US$30-$50 a month. This will provide food, medicine, and clothing. But even more, it will show the love of Christ to a child and answer His command to “look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27, the basis of Project 1:27).

Pastor Tej Rokka of SARA (Savior Alone Reaches Asians) ministries in Kathmandu knows what it means to be an orphan and then to feel the loving embrace of our heavenly Father.

“I was born and brought up in Hindu family,” says Tej, who has been a Climbing For Christ member since September 2009. “My early childhood, I grew up in a mountainous and rocky remote place of Nepal near Mount Everest. In the midst of poverty, frustration, (and a) desire to live better life, my parents migrated to the plains area near the north Indian border, where they could cultivate good crops for a living. When they came to the place with their two little kids they were thinking they could make a better living.

“But, sadly, it did not happen as they thought. Instead, my mother died after two years of demonic attacks. There were no hospitals, no church, and many practiced witchcraft and believed all kinds of superstitions. Then our life became worse.”

Tej’s father ran away, leaving Tej and his brother alone in the world. Or so Tej thought.

 “I was so sad as a 5-year-old boy without love, hope and joy,” Tej recalls. “One day someone from the community saw our pathetic conditions and recommended us to an orphanage home. I got a chance to eat, stay, and go to school. But because of sadness and a hurting heart I couldn’t study well.

“One day my brother got sick and I had nothing to help him as his elder brother. I was helpless sitting beside my brother and regretting within. A (man) came along and told about Jesus and asked my permission to pray over my brother. He prayed and went away. After a while my brother got healed and that gave me my hope in Jesus.”

At the time, there was “a terrible persecution” in Nepal, Tej remembers. Despite this opposition to Christianity, the secret church invited him to attend a children's fellowship. He went and learned songs about Jesus, heard Bible stories, and “they asked me to memorize John 3:16.”

“That verse changed my life because I was deeply longing for the love of my mom. I found the true love of God, which never ends. After a few weeks I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. I found myself new. I could feel joy and hope within me and got excited to study hard and get first position in the class.”

Tej went on to attend Bible college and became a pastor. God used him to found SARA) and open an orphanage in Kathmandu.

The children living at the orphanage did not know about Jesus when they first arrived. They have been introduced to the same Savior who rescued Tej when he was a boy.

Would you prayerfully consider becoming a sponsor parent to one of these youngsters?

“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
— 1 John 3:18 (NIV)

Sponsor a Child

Anisha (age 6)


Anu Moktan (age 10)

Sponsored by the Fallesen family, Hilton, NY, USA.

Bal Bahadur (age 10)

Chiring (age 5)

Sponsored by Nancy Kaiser, Rochester, NY, USA.

Gideon (age 9)

Sponsored by Kimothy Van Horn,Pleasanton, CA, USA.

Gyani B.K. (age 10)


Lydia (age 9)


Laxman (age 6)

Sponsored by Martha & Paul Bramhall, Little York, NY, USA.


Mahendra (left, age 11)

Sponsored by the Rowley family, Rochester, NY, USA.

Manisha (age 8)

Sponsored by Phyllis Tsang, Charlotte, NC, USA. 

Milan (age 12)

Rajendra (age 10)

Sajal Khadka (age 8)

Samika Magar (age 8)

Sangita (age 12)

Santoshi (age 6)

Shanti Moktan (age 10)

Sharan (age 12)

Simran Trikatri (age 7)

Sristi Trikatri (age 8)

Sunil (age 9)

Sponsored by Diane & David Smith, Rochester, NY, USA.

Tuli Maya (age 11)

Sponsored by Diane & David Smith, Rochester, NY, USA.  


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
— John 3:16

“That verse changed my life because I was deeply longing for the love of my mom. I found the true love of God, which never ends.” — Pastor Tej Rokka, SARA ministries, Nepal.

Posted April 4, 2011/Updated March 29, 2012

The Word

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
— James 1:27 (NIV)

Helping Hands

You can help by praying for the orphans of Nepal and by sending a financial gift to Project 1:27. You can sponsor a child for as little as US$30-$50 a month.

Send your gift to: CLIMBING FOR CHRIST, c/o Project 1:27 Nepal, P.O. Box 16290, Rochester, NY 14616-0290 USA. Or CLICK HERE and contribute via PayPal. (Note: PayPal keeps a small service fee from your donation.)

CLICK HERE to learn about Project 1:27 in Malawi, Africa.


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