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The Beauty of Handmade Yak Milk Soap

The Beauty of Yak Milk Soap

Yak Milk is no doubt a new concept to you. While most people have understood the healthy skin benefit of milk products in their soap, few realize just how wonderful yak milk can be for your complexion. Yak milk is rich in essential minerals and vitamins to achieve youthful, healthy skin.

The women of the Himalayas have long ago learned the secret to beautiful skin. Yaks are found only in the higher elevations of the Himalayas. Their milk contains a higher fat content, and has been found to contain Vitamin A, calcium and protein. All yaks are free range, herded by native herders in high alpine pastures.

Our Yak Milk Soaps help to reduce oil secretions as well as being an excellent fighter against acne. Yak milk will exfoliate dead skin cells as well as promote relaxation.

All of our Yak Milk Soaps are hand-made by the women of the Himalayas in Nepal. They are created in small batches at a time. There are no artificial chemicals in any of our yak milk products.

Our Sandalwood Soap – all natural

Benefits of Sandalwood

Sandalwood use reaches back into the depths of time, to ancient Egypt, India, and China. Known for thousands of years for its numerous mind and body benefits, sandalwood continues to be used throughout the world in many forms, including sandalwood soap. In addition to the benefits offered by its fragrance, sandalwood soap also has much to offer the skin itself.

Soothes and Calms the Mind

In ancient cultures, such as that of India, the scent of sandalwood has long been appreciated for its affects on the mind, some would even say on the soul. Sandalwood has been used in a religious context for thousands of years, helping to calm the mind and ease meditation. It’s not surprising that today sandalwood is used by practitioners of aromatherapy to offer relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. Clinical studies, according to the National Cancer Institute, have demonstrated some positive benefit from aromatherapy, and researchers continue to study its potentials.

Helps Keep Skin Supple, Healthy

The skin is the largest organ of the body, serving to protect all that is underneath it in part by blocking harmful bacteria from entering. Protecting it from becoming too dry is important, not just for appearance, but also for health. When skin gets dry to the point of cracking, those cracks in the surface of the skin offer an opportunity for germs and bacteria to enter the body. A good quality sandalwood soap, made with true Sandalwood oil, cleanses without drying, its own oils remaining to protect the skin, helping to keep it soft and supple.

Antiseptic and Other Properties

In the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine, still relied upon by many in India today and gaining recognition throughout the world, sandalwood is believed to have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Because of this, it is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a broad range of skin disorders, ranging from mild abrasions to acne to dermatitis. Clinical studies are in progress to determine how effective this traditional remedy is, and some researchers are even seeking to test its effectiveness in helping to treat serious skin diseases, such as cancer, according to the American Association for Cancer Research.


August 10, 2016

The sweet, woody and warm fragrance of sandalwood brings instant peace and relaxes your mind. Also known as Liquid Gold, this aromatic wood is found in Asia, predominantly East India.


Sandalwood has many uses in the form of powder, oil and wood itself. The most popular usages being incense sticks, balm and soap. Sandalwood has therapeutic, medicinal, and cosmetic qualities which take care of all your beauty needs. Using sandalwood soap as part of your everyday beauty regime repairs your skin and keeps it glowing. With a long lasting fragrant and smooth texture, sandalwood soap has many benefits unknown to us. I have listed top 10 benefits of sandalwood soap which will encourage you to start using it from today.

  1. Perfect Moisturizer

Of course! This benefit is on top of the list. Sandalwood soap is made from pure sandalwood oil, extracted from old trees and processed to form lovely silky soaps. These soaps are soft on the skin and leave it supple and moisturized. Your body will have a golden glow and smell amazing. The sandalwood oil used in making these soaps is a natural moisturizer. It keeps the skin from drying and also from becoming too oily.

  1. Prevents Body Odor

Talking about it’s amazing smell, sandalwood has a unique, woody, sweet and warm fragrance which is distinctly noticeable. And, it is not just a fragrance. It has medicinal qualities preventing body odor. You can throw away those alcohols based deodorizers and just have a shower with sandalwood soap. Your body will smell great all day.

  1. Anti-aging benefits

Yes! You read it right. Sandalwood soap is such an amazing little thing. It has anti-aging benefits as sandalwood is known to reduce fine lines, tighten the skin and rejuvenate skin cells. You feel firmer within weeks of use. In older times, sandalwood paste was used as a face mask to tighten the skin, reduce pores and ease wrinkles.  This was a luxurious treatment back then.

  1. Reduces stress

Sandalwood oil is used in aromatherapy. It is suitable to release hypertension and stress. Daily use of sandalwood soap in the hot shower is very good to reduce stress, release tension and calm your thoughts. Many people also wash their face with this soap at work to feel fresher and less stressed.

  1. Reduces Itchiness

Sandalwood soap is the perfect remedy for itchy skin, especially in winters.

The soap is gentle on the skin and relieves it from itchiness. Its oils not only heal itchy areas but also helps your skin from drying. Itchiness can be due to an allergy as well. So, sandalwood, because of its medicinal qualities can also contribute to curing the allergy gradually.

  1. No acne marks and reduces scars

Sandalwood is nature’s miracle. It is your skin’s best partner. It works wonder on acne prone skin, reduces scars and control oil.  For those who are facing zit eruption and acne marks (especially teenagers) sandalwood infused soap is an excellent suggestion.

  1. Even out skin tone

We all want even skin tone. Sandalwood, because of its antimicrobial qualities, prevents sun tan, heals the skin and restores its health. It works to restrain keloid formation on skin, leaving it even and smooth.

  1. Heals sunburn

Sandalwood has a cooling nature. Have you ever tried a sandalwood paste on your face? Or, seen people wearing on their forehead in temples? The reason is the same. It is a cooling agent. For sunburn, sandalwood is the best natural healer.

  1. Helps recovering from insomnia

Having a shower with sandalwood soap before bed has proven to be helpful in getting a peaceful sleep. Sandalwood’s calm and sweet aroma relaxes your senses. It’s therapeutic qualities eases the muscles and unwinds your mind. Just soaking yourself in sandalwood infused bath with some lavender oil drops will help you get good sleep. Try it for yourself.

  1. Big on antiseptic properties

Sandalwood soap is an antiseptic soap. It can cure you of ringworms, boils, athlete’s foot, rashes, blackheads, minor cuts, etc.  Just simply washing off the affected area with sandalwood soap every day will show you results.  So try a natural way of healing.

Sandalwood with combinations of lavender, jasmine, rose, and eucalyptus extracts makes for excellent beauty therapy.  Enjoy a no chemical, artificial colors, and animal fats body boost at your home. Order it online on Qtrove.

Have you ever thought of volunteering?

Every year, we all take some kind of vacation. But what about doing something in 2018 that would make a difference in the lives of people? Volunteering is vacation with a purpose!

Renaissance Outreach Ministries offers some great opportunities to travel and work with people in a variety of developing nations. Like children? Why not help out at orphanages in India and Uganda?

Retired? Why not help to train teachers in Uganda? For those with medical backgrounds, help is needed at the South Rwenzori School of Nursing and Midwifery in western Uganda.

All volunteering are low cost adventures. There is time to get to really know the local people, rather than just playing tourist. And there are opportunities to do some fantastic sightseeing.

Interested? Contact us at

Nepali Tea Rich in Flavor

For centuries, the Himalayas has been famous for its tea. Grown in the lower highlands, the soil combined with a perfect climate has made for delicious teas.

Renaissance Outreach Ministries is now selling Nepali tea. Available in tea bag form, each package comes with 50 tea bags.

Available teas include:

  • Organic Green Tea
  • Organic Black Tea
  • Ilam Tea (very rich flavor)
  • Lemon Tea
  • Mint Tea
  • Ginger Tea
  • Masala Tea
  • Cinnamon Tea

Price is just $6 for 50 tea bags (plus shipping and handling). To order or for more information, contact us at

Nepal Coffee now available!

Did you know that some of the world’s finest coffee now comes from Nepal? Long famous for its fabulous Himalayan tea gardens, Nepal is now producing incredibly rich coffee that is naturally low on acid as well as caffeine.

Coffee is a relatively new crop. Jalpa Gold is organically grown north of Kathmandu at an elevation of over 9000 feet in the Himalayas. Incredibly smooth in taste, it has a full body flavor that makes it a popular coffee with connoisseurs. The high elevation along with being shade grown makes for a slow ripening process that enriches the flavor.

The coffee certainly helps out the Tamang people of the region who find employment picking the coffee beans as well as roasting them. The coffee is produced in small quantities, so it is not easy to find on the market.

Renaissance Outreach Ministries is pleased to be able to offer this coffee for sale. A 250 gram package is just $12 and is available either in ground or bean form. Order two packages for just $32, including shipping and handling. Send your order to:

Renaissance Outreach Ministries

1382 Halon Young Road

Liberty, KY 42539

Please make checks payable to: Renaissance Outreach Ministries

MSJ Meeting enjoyable event

Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt, President of Renaissance Outreach Ministries along with board member Deacon Nathan Dunlap recently enjoyed the three day Annual Meeting of the Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist (MSJ) in Liberty, Kentucky.

The MSJ is a small society of Anglicans who have committed themselves to following the Rule to govern their lives. The MSJ is in many ways a modern day monastic order open to both clergy as well as laity.

The meeting celebrated a time of prayer and fellowship. They welcomed Bishop Morales of the Diocese of Quincy, Illinois. Bishop Morales is the Bishop Protector of the Order.

The meeting lasted from Oct. 26 – 28, celebrating the many ways God was worked in the lives of both the members as well as their churches which are scattered around the United States.


Renaissance sends Telugu Bibles to India

Renaissance Sends Bibles to India

Renaissance Outreach Ministries has sent Bibles to Rev. Cornelius Sikala of Yellamanchili, Andrea Pradesh State in eastern India.

Last year, Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt, president of Renaissance Outreach traveled to Yellamanchili to help teach and train pastors for Rev. Cornelius. Instead of teaching, he ended up coming down with pneumonia.

It was a rough time for everyone as Pastor Cornelius and his family helped to nurse Pastor Jan back to health. While there, Pastor Jan was able to witness some of the work that was being done through his ministry.

Pastor Cornelius and his wife Therisa have started 181 churches in mostly Andrea Pradesh state. Their work not only includes starting churches, they train pastors, operate an orphanage as well as doing training to help the Christians learn useful skills. Many of their people come from the Untouchable backgrounds, so they need skill training.

Renaissance Outreach Ministries has been impressed with the work Pastor Cornelius is doing there in India. At their request, we sent Bibles in the Telugu language.

Anyone wishing to donate Bibles to Pastor Cornelius can do it through Renaissance Outreach Ministries. Bibles are just $4 in the Telugu language and donations can be sent to:

Renaissance Outreach Ministries

P. O. Box 121,

Greentown, IN 46936



New Christians receiving Bibles in Telugu language in India

Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt appointed nursing school chaplain

Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt, president of Renaissance Outreach Ministries of Greentown, Indiana has been appointed chaplain of the South Rwenzori School of Nursing & Midwifery in Kasese, Uganda.

This appointment comes at a time when Renaissance Outreach Ministries is recommitting itself to the work of training pastors in Africa where it started back in 2000.

Pastor Jan will be doing spiritual training with the nursing and mid-wives who are being trained to work in the mountainous regions of western Uganda near the border of the Congo. These areas often lack any kind of health centers, resulting in a high loss of infants as well as shortened life spans for its residents.

Pastor Jan will be spending March and April of 2018 in Western Uganda. At other times, he will be helping to develop contacts with medical personnel to come and help do short-term teaching assignments at the school.


Report on Blanket Distribution in Nepal

Report on Blanket Distribution
in Nepal
(Click for PDF with Photos)

Jan Beaderstadt giving blankets in Nepal
Jan Beaderstadt giving blankets in Nepal

By Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt

dhansar pakha shibir, nepal – It was a steep climb up the hill to the place where the survivors of the April 25th and May 12th earthquake have called their home for the last six months. As I crested the hill, I looked down in amazement at acres of temporary shelters that these people are calling home.

Here just outside of Dhading Besi in Dhading District of Nepal, these people are in many ways refugees. The first earthquake of April 25th (7.9 on the Richter scale) wiped out much of the villages of Tenchet and Chapang. The second earthquake of May 12th (7.4 on the Richter scale) released a tremendous landslide that literally wiped out all traces of the village, its farms and even their terraced farmland. What these people have had for centuries was lost in a matter of minutes.

The large tent with the blue top is their makeshift church, which serves as the center of this makeshift village near Dhading Besi in Nepal.


As I stood there on that hillside looking down at this temporary village, all I could think of was the Exodus story. Like the children of Israel who lived in huts in the desert for 40 years, so these shacks stretched forth. Off to the one side was their church.

A welcome sign announces the name of this temporary village, created because of twin devastating earthquakes earlier this year. The people here are from two villages that were not only hit by the earthquakes, but also wiped out the landslide that was triggered by the May 12th earthquake.


Most of the people of Tenchet are Christian, and one of the first structures they erected was a makeshift church. What little money they had they pooled to buy plastic tarpd and bamboo to hold up the roof to protect them from the monsoon rains that were coming soon following the May 12th earthquake.

The structure is open sided, and easily seats the congregation that numbered around 350 people at their worship service of November 28th. They didn’t know I was coming to distribute the blankets; these people were gathered here on their own praising God in such incredible display of joy.

Their church (I kept thinking of the tabernacle in the desert) was the most prominent feature of this temporary village. It is the center point for their faith and hope that is giving them the courage to face tomorrow.

They are squatting on private land and the landholder is pushing them to leave. They have no place to go. Their villages were not only totally destroyed, but for most of them there is no place to rebuild. Some are trying to build near their old homes in the jungle, but most don’t even have that option.


Pastor Silas Tamang with his youngest son in Dhading Besi. He is head of HIMS-Nepal, a local NGO that has worked to help the people of the mountains in Dhading District. His village of Tenchet was totally destroyed by the earthquake.


Pastor Silas Tamang of HIMS-Nepal, a local NGO who is from Tenchet and lost his family home, has been a major encourager for the people. Through his Christian NGO, he has found tin and tarps along with bamboo to build temporary homes. One NGO donated a device to provide the people with a water purifier. The village still lacks in proper sanitation and the structures are only temporary at best.

Pastor Silas had asked Renaissance Outreach Ministries to provide good, heavy, wool blankets for the people. There had been some blankets distributed earlier this summer, but they were lightweight, summer weight blankets, which are of little value with the cold weather that is starting to descend upon the people of the mountains.

Renaissance was able to find good, warm blankets that are 50% wool. They are large in size and weigh 2 ½ kg (5.5 pounds). These are the same quality as used by the military in Nepal.

Renaissance was able to find them through some contacts with other NGOs who had some extras that they were willing to sell. The original price of blankets were $37, but we were able to reduce the cost to just $20 each. These blankets will last a long time and will help to keep the people warm.

Rev. Silas and I arrived in time for worship (worship in Nepal is on Saturdays because this is the national day off). The makeshift church was already at 300 people and growing in attendance as more and more arrived.

Nepali worship is lively with a praise group leading the singing. They had a couple of guitars along with some drums and tambourines to accompany the music

I was asked to preach and spoke to the congregation on Philippians 2:15: “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky”.

When you first lay eyes on this makeshift village, you are first struck by the poverty. The temporary shacks are not all that weather proof. Built on bare ground, the people have trenched to provide channels for the water to run off and away from their homes. But some of the homes have open sides or not much to block the winter winds which are now arriving.

Temperatures are now getting cold at tonight. While Dhading Besi is not as cold as higher up in the mountains, mornings will still drop to around freezing in the dead of winter while the dampness of the ground will penetrate where they are sleeping on the ground.

Praise team leads the worship service.


The second thing that you quickly discover is that these are a people filled with joy. They are grateful to be alive, to have their families as well as their faith in Christ.

Most of the people have experienced loss of loved ones in the earthquake. The landslides as well as the first earthquake were especially devastating.  But when I met with the people, they displayed a resilience that was most encouraging. They were survivors, and were not into feeling sorry for themselves.


Pastor Jan giving blanket to one of the widows in the makeshift village.


We were painfully short of blankets to distribute. Giving has been slow on this project, and Renaissance is now at around the 50% mark toward our goal of 159 blankets.

While their needs are great, the biggest need right now is blankets and mattresses. I have located some more blankets in Kathmandu, which is not an easy thing these days as India has closed the border in their objection to the Nepal Constitution. India’s problem with the constitution appears to be that Nepal didn’t cave into their requests for changes. So now there are shortages of goods as the country is being punished for not being the vassal state of India.

The other item they are in need of is mattresses, which can be made locally. The mattresses will help to insulate the beds against cold and prevent pneumonia. Warm blankets are also needed as the temperatures drop.

There are 136 buildings in this makeshift village, and even with a goal of 159 blankets, that still is a shortage as there are at least four people per house.  Two or more people will sleep under one blanket; they will make do with what they have.

In most places I have ever been and done this kind of work, if there was a shortage of goods to pass around, there would have been a riot. Instead, the people here, like the rest of the Nepal demonstrated a great deal of patience. They were pleased that we were giving blankets to the widows and orphans first. Even those who didn’t receive a blanket came and thanked us for our generosity.

We will be presenting more blankets soon, as we have received additional money from Thanksgiving donations. Still, we need an additional $1590 to reach our goal of 159 blankets. Anything over that and we’ll give money for mattresses.

Renaissance Outreach Ministries is a small ministry, with our purpose being to train pastors and church leaders in developing nations. However, a time comes when you work with a people and see them in need, you simply can’t turn your back. We have picked one village where we can make a difference. If other missions and organizations would do the same, we can reduce the suffering as the people pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and rebuild like they have always done in past centuries. The people of Nepal, especially the mountain people, are a happy, hearty race of people and real blessing to work with. They could teach us a few things about what is really important in this world: Jesus and family. With all this, they know they have true wealth as they struggle now with lack of material things to bring a sense of comfort to their daily lives.

Can you find time to pray for these people of Tenchet and Chapang Villages? And, if you can share a donation for a blanket, it will go a long way toward helping a family stay warm this winter.

The homes are pretty sparse, and usually made of bamboo. Homes are neat and clean even if living conditions are primitive at best.

All photos by Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt