Nepal Update from Dan Cammack, EFM

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

During the first week of January 2017, some of us will travel to Nepal to celebrate John and Sangi Vanlal’s almost 40 years of ministry. You can join this celebration by contributing to a love offering that we are collecting between now andDecember 15.

The Vanlal’s ministry has unfolded like this:

  • 1978-1983 | Missionaries in the state of Assam, India under the Presbyterian Mission Board of Mizoram (PMB)
  • 1983-1990 | Missionaries in Nepal under the PMB and the United Mission to Nepal
  • 1991-1994 | Manager and principal of the Chhatarpur Christian High School in Central India under Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region (EFC-ER)
  • 1994-2016 | Missionaries in Nepal under Evangelical Friends Mission (EFM)

Vanlal2013_df949f6a126d7f463b8a11c2dce9b832Over the last 22 years as missionaries with EFM, the Lord has used the Vanlals and their leaders to plant over 40 Friends churches in various regions of Nepal. They also organized the churches into a yearly meeting called Evangelical Friends Church – Nepal (EFC-Nepal). There are more than 4,000 Friends in EFC-Nepal.

Many of their leaders, along with a delegation from the US, will be meeting in the capital city of Kathmandu on January 4-6 to celebrate the Vanlal’s ministry. Shortly thereafter, John and Sangi will move back to Mizoram, India where they will begin a new chapter in their lives called “retirement.” Although they look forward to being closer to some of their children and grandchildren, they also look forward to finding new avenues for ministry.

We wish you could come with us for the big celebration in Kathmandu, but since you probably won’t make it, you can still participate through a love offering that we will present to John and Sangi when we are with them. Please send your gifts to our EFM office by December 15 at the latest. 

Options for how to give to the John and Sangi Vanlal Love Offering:

  1. You may give online at friendsmission.com/donate now . Under “comment,” please type “Vanlal Love Offering.”
  2. You may give by credit card over the phone by calling EFM at 303.421.8100.
  3. You may mail a gift to EFM, PO Box 525, Arvada, CO  80001.  Please include notation for “Vanlal Love Offering.”

Please keep John and Sangi and EFC-Nepal in your prayers as they all go through some major transitions in the months to come. Thank you for your gifts and prayers.

– Dan Cammack, Executive Director of EFM


NOTE: EFM and EFC-Nepal will continue our partnership to plant churches in Nepal, so we will keep you informed about our ongoing need for financial support. Even though the Vanlals will no longer be in Nepal, there will still be many opportunities to pray for and give to this important ministry.

Thank you for your prayers. If you would like to be part of our prayer and financial support team, further information is available at friendsmission.com

Pastors Only Nepal Mission Trip | Jan 2017

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Send your Pastor to the Mission field! This trip is designed primarily for EFC-MAYM Pastors but could be open to other missions leaders or church leaders as well, assuming space will be available.

You are invited to participate with me in a “Pastors Only” mission trip to visit and minister among our 3 EFM fields in Nepal in January 2017. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Friends missions, visit a field that is impacted by persecution, to encourage and bless our missionaries, and fellowship with fellow Friends pastors while serving. The trip will take place January 3-13, 2017 and cost $3300. Our team will participate in a pastors conference and a retirement celebration service for John & Sangi Vanlal, our retiring EFM missionaries who have been serving in Nepal since the early 90s. Then the team will visit the churches and ministries of both Samson & Priscilla Retnaraj and B. & D. A., spending a few days with each missionary. We will visit villages and churches in different parts of Nepal and bring encouragement, fellowship, and plenty of opportunities for preaching and teaching.  

If you are interested in participating in this trip:

1. Let me know within a week if you are interested in going. Apply for passport if you don’t already have one. Expedite processing if necessary.
2. Send in $300 deposit, Registration Form and Liability & Medical Release Form to EFC-MAYM form by October 25. Plane tickets will be purchased around this date.
3. Final payment due to EFC-MAYM on December 21.

$3300 total cost (subject to change based on actual costs – air ticket biggest variable) includes airfare (international flight to Nepal and domestic flight in Nepal), all lodging, all food and meals within Nepal, host thank you gifts, all travel in Nepal, etc. The total amount does not include passport, airport travel meals, immunizations, souvenirs, etc. Immunizations are optional. It is up to you to ask your doctor and/or see this link so you can decide what immunizations to get. Visit your county health department for cheapest immunization costs. 

I can send you advice on fundraising for the trip, if requested. All team members will be asked to read “Cross Cultural Connections” by Duane Elmer prior to the trip and participate in a video conference orientation session in the weeks leading up to the trip.

More details and information about the trip will be sent to the team and those interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

– Adam Monaghan, EFC-MAYM Associate Superintendent