November is a month that we are reminded of the importance to strive for Peace. It’s a time when we not only remember those who lost their lives, but also when we remember the need for Peace, and the urgency for us to be Peacemakers.
It’s at these times that we look for examples and voices to actively infuse Peace in our communities and world.
One such example is happening right now in Nepal. A country striving to move forward, it is faced with the practical challenges that jeopardize the stability and future of its local communities. Children being separated from their families to obtain an education, coupled by recent environmental challenges, have created a sense of desperation in many outlying areas – areas desperate for an infusion of hope and peace.
In response, the BIC church in Nepal has committed to be ambassadors of hope to these communities, proactively implementing the PEACE program. The PEACE program is an educational assistance program that provides support and opportunity for children to be educated in their own communities, while being connected to a mentoring and tutoring program through the local church. As a result, the family unit stays intact, the local community continues to see younger life and growth, and the local church offers relationship, support, and value to its neighbours and community.
In a world trying to achieve peace by creating separation and fear, our Nepali brothers and sisters are reminding us that true peace is the fruit of engaging the needs of our communities…and celebrating that peace with them in practical ways.
“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” ~ Romans 12:2
Will you prayerfully consider partnering with us, and our sisters and brothers in Nepal, as we seek to extend Jesus’ message of peace to others?
To give your Advent Gift to the Nepal PEACE Project, visit:
— Jonathan Zinck is the Area Director for South East Asia at BIC Canada Global.
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