How God Prepared Bijaya for Ministry
Editor's Note: The following are Bijaya's words, sharing how God has been at work in his life, preparing him for his ministry in Nepal—evangelizing and training other evangelists to reach the remote regions of his country.
Born in an orthodox, animistic, tribal, peasant family, I grew up as an obedient child, following all the endless rituals of Hinduism, and worshipping millions of gods and goddesses.But I used to have a big WHY about what I was doing.
My parents were and are peasants, and they used to have a small tea and grocery store. So I grew up working hard in the field and also in the tea shop washing dishes. As we all would be busy in the daytime, we had to go to the paddy field for irrigation in the night so that nobody would break the water supply.
I will never forget the rainy nights when I used to go to the paddy field for irrigation after completing my school assignments at 11:00 p.m. You can guess that we did not have any long plastic shoes to protect us from the green snakes that can only be seen in the night; rather, I would wear a pair of flipflops. Then I would come back at 1:00 a.m. and had the privilege to sleep till 6:00 a.m. Then I had to go to help my parents open up the grocery store early in the morning before going to the school by walking on foot for half an hour.
I joined the government school when I was five years old and started to learn English when I was nine. After passing grade 10, I had the opportunity to go to the college, as we used to say at that time.
I was about to submit my enrollment form for the College for Management with all of my friends, but suddenly I decided to change the focus of my study to science (physics).
Now I can see that this decision is what God used to teach me English and many other things of His creation. They used to teach all of the other subjects in Nepali, but science was taught in English. So I became proficient in Enlish when I studied science at the college.
At that time, due to the poor transportation system from my village to the college, I had to rent a small room and lived with some friends near the college. I used to visit the nearby Hindu temples often, mainly on our way to the college.
I did well in the first year, and scored the highest mark in the college in physics.
During the second year of college, as always, I went by the temple on my way to my final exam.
But a few months later, I got the result of the test, and I was failed because I got a zero mark in physics, even though I had solved all the questions. I went from having the highest score my first year to not even passing the second year.
Bijaya Questions Hinduism
It seemed to me that worshipping at the temple accomplished nothing. So I stopped worshipping the idols and became an atheist. I had to wait for a year to take the exam and again, but when I did, I scored the highest mark.
Looking back, I know that it was God’s plan to use the failure to draw me near to Him. Because of the failure, I met a girl whom I would have never otherwise met in my bachelor level of study. Bimala shared the love of Christ with me and showed me the true way of salvation.
Isaiah 1:18 gave me hope in my life as it says, “Come now, and let us reason together; saith the LORD; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Then I gave my life to Him. Later Bimala became my wife. Now we have two children, a girl and a boy. Then I studied my master level in Physics but I decided to stop my study and be involved in ministry in 2001.
After we were married, my family discarded me because my wife was from a different caste. They used to hate those who marry a spouse from a different caste.
We had to struggle a lot even just to live, but God was even more merciful to us. He provided me a job. I started to work as a translator for two years. I translated their B. Div. course, and through the translation, I learned theology. After working with them for almost seven years, I started to go out to the streets and to the remote villages to reach the souls who had never heard the gospel in their lives. Thus our ministry was born.
We started to print tracts and give them out for free as God provided. I started to translate for other missions by contract to help my family so that I could be flexible with my time. God blessed us so much that I never lacked work and the ministry went well. Tens of thousands of copies of tracts and gospel portions were printed and distributed or supplied to the village evangelists for free. This work is now going on even to the far corners of Nepal.
Now we’ve started to train other believers to be evangelists, and God has called us to plant churches in those remote areas where we’ve been reaching regularly. We also want to make a small base of our ministry in a specific unreached village to reach the northern tribal villages. We are praying for God’s provision in this aspect. Some brothers are ready to go and we are praying that God would provide for them.
You can play a vital role in Bijaya's ministry through prayer. Here are some points to get you started:
- For God to provide the financial needs of Bijaya and the brothers who are ready to go to the northern villages
- For more laborers to Nepal
- For the team to reach 50,000 people with the gospel in a year and to give them a portion of the Bible
- For God to start many indigenous house churches in the villages
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