October 2018

Dear Friends in Mission,

It’s been a while since our last newsletter, and we wanted to provide an update before the end of the year. Our last mission trip to Nepal in March was a great success and a blessing for both the team of four who went from Canada, and for all those pastors and leaders who attended. Our special thanks to all of you who hold these trips up in your prayers, and to those who helped to fund these teaching opportunities!
This year is flying by, and once again we are busy putting the final plans in place for a mission trip to provide training opportunities to pastors and women in leadership. Instead of going to India, as we usually do in November, a team is once again heading to the eastern part of Nepal. Nine others are going with me – one from Florida, and the other eight from Winnipeg. We will be conducting retreats in two areas of eastern Nepal, doing pastors retreats as in the past. However, on this trip, for the first time in Nepal, we will be bringing women together for their own retreats. This time of teaching, sharing and wonderful fellowship has proven very valuable when we have done it in India, so we’re excited to be able to provide this opportunity to many ladies in Nepal. We are expecting between 60 and 70 pastors at each of two locations, and between 40 and 50 women in each place. While the cost to bring each person to the retreat is quite modest ($25.00), it does add up with the numbers that are coming. So, once again, we are asking you to prayerfully consider sending an extra gift to help with these costs.

In India, construction is nearing completion on another church building for a growing congregation that is served by one of our sponsored pastors. There are also unexpected opportunities developing for recognized pastoral education. Presently, ten people are taking a part time program which will lead to a Masters in Biblical Studies. Shakti, our Regional Coordinator in India, has been approached by a Christian University in India to be an extension site for this program of study, along with B.Th. and even doctoral studies. This university is recognized by the Indian government, so it is an exciting opportunity to provide church leaders in this part of India with recognized theological degrees! If you are passionate about equipping church leaders, we are looking for support to help with the set up costs for this important program.
As always, please know that your prayer and ministry support is very valuable, and continues to encourage us as we work for His purposes in India and Nepal!
Yours in the Lord’s service,

Rev. Dr. Shant Manuel,
Executive Director, Far Corners Ministry