In the last couple of updates we've talked about the Pottery House. It is a vision that has been growing in our hearts over the past year - to build a creativity workspace for the Banquet House community. It will be a place where people can come to, create, have fun, learn new skills, and build deeper relationships. Every step we've taken so far has caused this vision to grow, and excitement to increase as we see the great need for this type of ministry. Over the past few months things have been quickly gaining momentum and I am happy to announce that it is now an officially registered vocational training center!
We were not initially planning to pursue an official business registration, but we feel that God is leading us on this route. Since we plan to invest our time and resources in this work anyway, making it a registered business will allow us to obtain long term business visas. It will also help us to focus our efforts and I believe that it will create more opportunity for the people we are serving. Most of the people we plan to work with have very little work experience and face enormous obstacles in every area of their lives. Our hope is that we will be able to create an environment where, through to power of God in the context of creativity and relationship, people will be trained and empowered to overcome the challenges they face and live free, whole, and dignified lives.
"He who gives the most hope has the most influence." - Kris Vallotton
Practical training is a definite need, but our desire is to give more than training. We want to see hope restored, lives transformed, and joy made new. The people we hope to serve have been told that because of karma, they deserve to be poor, homeless, handicapped or alone. They have had to learn how to fight and beg in order to survive. For many, it's not a matter of being stuck in a bad place, it's all they know. They don't know how to imagine anything else. They lack many of the basic skills necessary to obtain, or keep, proper jobs. The need is far beyond our ability to meet, but I am confident in the love of Jesus for these and know that His desire to touch and restore is greater than mine. He has led us into this, and I know that He will sustain and breathe His life into the work that He started.
Starting a business in Nepal takes a lot of finances and work. We have almost finished the legal registration process, which is a huge hurdle. We will have the next two years to invest about $50,000. With money that we have already spent and items that we will be able to write off, it seems that we are about halfway to the goal. We would be honored if you would like to help us make this dream a reality. To find out how to contribute financially, click here.