Equipping First Generation Christian Leaders in Bhutan
Update from GLOMOS Kalimpong, India
Kiran Sharma, our India Himalayan Region Coordinator, provides an update on the Kalimpong GLOMOS course that started in November last year.
"The Kalimpong Global Module Studies (GLOMOS) course started in November 2014 with 18 students. We were particularly excited about this course, as because of the proximity to the Bhutanese border (Kalimpong is in the north-eastern most region of India), we were able to equip the first generation of Christian leaders in Bhutan – a country that until very recently was closed to the gospel. Each month these leaders travel across the border to receive training, then travel back to Bhutan to lead their churches. All 18 students on this course are in key leadership positions in their churches, but having lacked previous access to training or discipleship, none are mature Christians themselves. That is why what we are doing is so important!
"We bring experienced leaders from around the world (both from "the West" and the developing world) to Kalimpong (and all the other locations that we provide training), where they provide excellent teaching and mentoring to these local leaders.
"Although the course has only been going 3 months, already it has generated intense excitement across the region. As local believers see the impact GLOMOS is having, many have been inspired to receive training or even insist that their church leader receives training! We are excited about the opportunities being provided for local church leaders."
Kiran reports that one of the most exciting outcomes of this course is the growing sense of unity it is producing between leaders from very different backgrounds, leaders who would not have associated before. This is especially the case as they think about outreach. Already church leaders are growing in excitement about how they can work together to reach the wider community in Bhutan. Kiran points out that many of their churches face hardship and persecution, so being united is especially important. GLOMOS is also strengthening leaders in the Word, allowing them to stand strong in their faith and witness.
Over the winter many of our partner churches were involved in our blanket ministry, distributing warm wool blankets across the Himalayas to those suffering the harshest winter conditions without adequate clothes or shelter. This was especially appreciated this year as it has been a devastatingly cold winter. The majority of recipients weren't Christians, and as a result of this act of compassion many expressed an interest in hearing more about Jesus. Please pray for all these people, pray that God would work in their lives and that the local church would be able to reach out to them.
Please continue to keep the Kalimpong GLOMOS in your prayers. Watch this space for some testimonies later this year.