This month, we want to share a story of the kind of impact Engineering Ministries International has.
In 1996, an eMi team travelled to Nepal. Once there, they met a man with a story unlike any of us in North America can tell.
Despite not being acceptable in his largely Hindu community, Brother Man Bahadur Tamang had committed his life to Christ. As a result he, his wife and his small children spent over two years in jail awaiting the family's fate. Since they would not waiver in their decision to follow Jesus they were released, but cut off from the community's water supply (located a 5-6 km walk away).
This would make a lot of people bitter, but God was working in Man's heart. As he searched for his own source of water, he decided that his community - the same one that had cut him off and ostracized his family - needed a better water source. Through a local pastor, Brother Hanok, eMi was contacted and a project trip was planned. After a few more eMi team visits, a domestic water system was commissioned, serving the very people that rejected Man and his family because of their faith in Jesus.
Earlier this year, another eMi team travelled to the same region for a different project. While there, they were able to catch up with Man Bahadur and Pastor Hanok. After 17 years, the water system continues to provide clean, accessible water to the community. Further, and more importantly, more than a quarter of the community now proclaims faith in Christ.
Sometimes, eMi project trips can seem underwhelming on the surface when compared to typical mission trips. The fruits of our ministry can take a bit longer to grow. We believe this is how truly sustainable ministries, organizations and projects develop. More than anything, we believe firmly that this is how God has called us to serve Him.
Brother Man Bahadur Tamang and his wife Thulimaya
A local woman fills vessels with water from the eMi-designed system
eMi South Asia staff member Graham Frank with Pastor Hanok in 2013, standing by one of the water tanks
Community children in Padampokhari, Nepal
Support Raising Update
We are gearing up for a busy, but productive fall!
We are praying specifically right now for more monthly supporters. Even more specifically, we are praying for 15-20 people (or families) to commit to partnering with us for one day each month, or in other words, $150 each month. If you feel God is calling you to this, we'd love to talk more with you. We also continue to need committed prayer warriors, and are always encouraged to hear from those who are praying for us.
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