A new church in Rochdale
Ram Prasad and Keshari Shrestha were commissioned by their church in Kathmandu, Koinonia Patan Church, to serve as missionaries ‘from the east to the west’, with their blessings and financial support. They arrived in Manchester, UK, on 13th February, and stayed with Mr and Mrs Ejaz, who are ministering among the Pakistani communities, while they completed their quarantine and then looked for a flat. Now Ram Prasad reports.
I am pleased to inform you that with the help of a team we have been able to establish a new church in the heart of Muslim town called Deeplish near Rochdale. We started this Good News Community Church from 4th April. 12-18 people attend, from China, Iran, Bhutan, Ireland, England and Nepal. It is only your prayers that have made it possible to birth a church in a very hostile community of Deeplish.
Just before Easter, I was able to place a Christian Magazine entitled HOPE FOR ALL to about 300 houses and distribute some to individuals. Some were quite positive to receive them but others rejected them. One just chucked it in the bin in front of me, warning me not to bring such rubbish in the future.
Keshari and I frequently go on the street to share the Gospel. We also do prayer walks almost every day for an hour to bind the stronghold of satanic power in this area. There are a few Muslim elderly people whom I have become friends with but have not been able to share the Good News.
I have recently joined as a volunteer at British Heart Foundation in Rochdale town centre twice a week for 3 hours each day, in order to connect to more people to share Good News. Today, I was able to share with 2 staff members about Jesus. They told me they do not want to go to church because “we get only one day off on Sunday, we need to catch up on lots of tasks at home, rather we prefer staying at home”.
I am also assigned to reach out to Bhutanese community in Rochdale. They have a small on-line Church service, where we help in various ways. Keshari has started to teach kids how to read and write Nepali language.
I was given an opportunity to preach at the combined Nepali Churches Fellowship of the North Region of England. There are 6 churches in the region, who hold combined fellowship quarterly.
Whilst going around in the town to share Good News, we met three senior guys sitting in the park. We approached them maintaining social distance. After talking for some time, I asked them what they have to say about faith and Christianity. They were not hostile, but friendly. We were laughing and talking normal ways without imposing on them. They told us that they do not believe in any religions. As we talked along, one of them told us, ‘when we meet with people, three things we usually do not talk about are politics, football and religion.’ I did get their message, meaning I should not talk any more about Christianity. However, it was not harsh but in a subtle way.