Last Saturday we met our church pastor for the first time. We’ve been going to the little church 2 minutes walk from our house for over 3 years. He started the church, built it up and then went to study in India. This was followed by further studies in Australia where he is currently working. He’s back for 6 weeks and there has been much expectancy about his visit.
We immediately noticed lots of differences. The service started on time, there was a board up displaying hymn/chorus numbers (invaluable for those struggling with Nepali still), there was a proper musician, the guitar was in tune (hooray!), attendance was higher and there was more passion and higher volume in the open, everyone-prays-at-once-times.
One of the problems the church has had is that the lady who used to fund the building rental pulled out of that 2 years ago. Later she gave orders to all her contacts that they should stop coming to the church and worship somewhere else. So I was impressed that last week they had invited the husband of this lady to preach. Hopefully it will lead towards better a more trusting relationship.
We are gradually understanding more of what is said but still probably only get about 20%. However the impression we have is that the church, without a pastor in the same continent, has not had very clear leadership. We’re interested to see what happens when the pastor goes back ……..