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Relief for Nepal

Many often wonder if natural disasters—such as the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, 2015—are the work of God. Let me first say that God’s discipline for the Christian is always one-on-one and always involves the Word of God, not a natural disaster.

Jesus clearly stated in Luke 9:56 that He did not come to destroy people’s lives but to save them. This was said in direct response to His disciples’ asking if they could call fire down from heaven and consume the Samaritans, just as Elijah had done in the Old Testament.

Jesus wouldn’t do it. In fact, He rebuked His disciples for desiring to do so. He was demonstrating that God would deal with man differently after the Atonement was made. The book of Revelation describes a time in the future when God’s judgment will rain down upon unbelievers; however, today we are living in an age of grace when God is not imputing man’s sin unto them (2 Cor. 5:19).

What has taken place in Nepal is truly devastating. An estimated 8 million people have been affected. More than 5,000 people have allegedly died in Nepal alone, and neighboring countries such as India and China have suffered losses as well.

Thousands upon thousands have been injured, many suffering multiple fractures and other injuries. After initial assessment, the World Health Organization (WHO) found that hospitals in Nepal’s worst-hit districts suffered significant damage, and some were completely destroyed. Medicine and medical equipment and materials are among the top necessities for these people.

As is the case with any mass destruction, a priority for the WHO is preventing the possible spread of diarrheal diseases among the millions of displaced people, especially those living in makeshift camps. So far, no camps have reported an increase in diseases or any outbreaks. Nepal is apparently renewing its appeal to international donors to send tents and canvas in order to build more temporary shelters. In addition, the Nepalese government is asking for grain, salt, and sugar.

Join Jamie and me in praying for the nation of Nepal along with the neighboring countries who have suffered this devastating earthquake. Agree with us that the Lord is giving supernatural wisdom and guidance to the leaders of these countries as they face the challenges of this disaster.

In addition, we have set up a safe and convenient way for you to donate to the people of Nepal. We are presently providing financial support to a number of contacts who have connections in the area, including:

  • Charis Bible College instructor Dr. Delron Shirley, who will be leaving for Nepal on May 17
  • Charis graduate Errol Mannon, who operates an orphanage in Nepal with twelve children, all of whom are safe—his contacts in Nepal are reaching out with physical aid
  • Charis graduates Bob and Dawa Wesley, who were in Nepal when the earthquake hit—they are safe and are presently taking action to help victims; their main focus is children and their mothers
  • AWM Germany director Juergen Pauli, who is leading a charity for an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Charis graduate Luke and his wife Virginia Oyler, who work to empower Himalayan children with the skills to become the carriers of HOPE to their people 

 To make a donation, please visit: or call our Helpline: 719-635-1111.


The Wesley's International Journey

Charis Bible College graduates and missionaries to Nepal, Dawa and Bob Wesley. (Click to enlarge)In 1984, Bob Wesley walked away from his job as a civil engineer in Texas to answer the Lord's request that he return to his old stomping grounds in Indiana to share Jesus with some old buddies. With that first step he entered a life of missionary ministry that eventually led him to Nepal. After ten years serving the Nepali people, Bob met Dawa, a native of the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India, who was working for a ministry in the same area of Nepal. Two years later the couple was married. Little did the Wesleys know that they would soon find themselves on an international journey.

City streets of Kathmandu, Nepal
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In 2000, the couple lived in a small town called, Kalimpong in the State of West Bengal, India. One day as Dawa was preparing lunch, Bob flipped through the television stations, and he came across Andrew's Gospel Truth program on the God TV Network. Bob watched for a short time and then asked Dawa to come and listen to what Andrew was teaching. After several minutes, Dawa said to Bob, "If you preach what he is preaching people here will kill you." Intrigued by Andrew's simple straight forward approach to teaching the Gospel, they continued to watch Andrew regularly.

Map of Nepal (Click to enlarge)Both Bob and Dawa continued to serve the Lord passionately; however, as time passed, the couple began to struggle under the weight of self-centered priorities. Their vows had united them as husband and wife, but both were driven by their commitment to their individual ministries. Each one preferred to focus on their work, and they had not continued to develop their relationship with one another or with the Lord; subsequently, their marriage began to fail.

After three years at CBC, Bob and Dawa returned to the mission field of Nepal. (Click to enlarge)After a long struggle with language and cultural barriers as well as differing levels of spiritual maturity, the Wesleys made the decision to put the work of the ministry on hold, and focus on addressing the their spiritual and marital issues. Having both gleaned a great amount of revelation from Andrew's, the couple chose to pursue relational and spiritual healing at Charis Bible College (CBC) in Colorado.

Though the three years in the United States presented their fair share of challenges for the couple, they managed to repair and rebuild their relationships at the feet of the Lord. After their time at CBC the couple was more fully equipped for life on the mission field—working together. Bob sharing the Gospel, discipling and working with the boys living on the streets. (Click to enlarge) Throughout their time in Colorado their hearts burned for the Nepali people. From the first week of classes, Dawa grew in her understanding of the love of God and she longed to share it. "I felt the love of God for the Nepali people who, like me, were dying in legalism and in bondage even after they were genuinely saved," said Dawa.

After three years, Dawa had grown accustomed to the comforts and convenience of living in the States, and her desire to leave had waned. Bob only had to remind Dawa of the call on their lives, and the couple again purposed to return to the people to which God had called both of them in Nepal.

Dawa ministers to the young women in the city. (Click to enlarge)Upon their arrival back in Nepal in 2009, the Wesleys stepped back into full-time ministry. They were struck by the harsh reality and contrast between life in America and life on the mission field. One afternoon, as Dawa approached her new office, she saw two boys on the street ahead of her. Immediately, she noticed the condition of their clothing and particularly their bare and roughly worn feet. As she watched them, she asked the Lord what He wanted her to do. "I heard the Lord reply, 'feed them,'" said Dawa. In that moment, the Wesley's ministry, Wesleys International was set in motion and they have been caring for the destitute of Nepal since.

The Wesleys have a number of programs that minister to local widows. (Click to enlarge)Bob and Dawa are dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus, equipping the saints for the work of ministry and caring for the needy. Their work is accomplished through the printing and distribution of Gospel tracts and bibles, teaching the body of Christ and caring for the impoverished. The Wesleys minister to the surrounding communities through a variety of programs, and they are bringing forth fruit as they continue to witness people being saved, healed, delivered and prospered. To learn more about Bob and Dawa's ministry to the people of Nepal and their united efforts to share Jesus, visit the Wesleys International website.