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 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:
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.
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.
Help Us Buy 159 Warm, Wool Blankets for Tenchet Village, Nepal
Tenchet Village of Dhading District was completely destroyed by the earthquakes of April 27th and May 12th this year. The second earthquake triggered a landslide that completely wiped out the village. The earthquakes destroyed the church, 53 homes, the school, the medical outpost as well as the centuries old terraced farms.
Tenchet Village was one of the first Christian villages in the Ganesh Himal Range of the Himalaya Mountains. This is a remote village that overlooks the Ankhu Khola River Valley. There are no roads to this village, and is accessible only by foot trails. It is in keeping with the traditional mountain villages of the region.
Renaissance Outreach Ministries is teaming up with HIMS-Nepal, a local Christian NGO (non-government organization) to raise funds to purchase 159 blankets for the residents who are now beginning the work of reconstruction. The people are living in a tent city as they rebuild their church, houses, school, farms and medical outpost. They desperately need warm blankets before the winter snows begin to set in. Cold weather is already starting to come at night and by December, winter snows will be upon the Himalayas.
Warm, thick wool blankets are being purchased in Kathmandu by HIMS-Nepal (a government registered NGO) and cost $37 each. Donations can be sent to Renaissance Outreach Ministries at
Renaissance Outreach Ministries
PO Box 121, Greentown, IN 46936
This mission trip is designed to train pastors in the western mountain regions of Nepal. This mission trip would conduct two seminars for pastors in the mountain districts of Mugu and Jumla. We will fly into Mugu District for the first seminar at the village of Pina. From there, we will visit Rara Lake National Park and then trek to Jumla for the final seminar before catching a plane back to first Nepalgunj and then returning to Kathmandu.
Leave Kathmandu for Nepalgunj via night bus.
Arrive Nepalgunj, meet with local Christian leaders.
Fly to Gamgandi in Mugu District then walk to Pina Village.
Begin conference at 1 pm for Mugu District Pastors
Conference, all day
Conclude Conference after breakfast
Spend morning preaching in area churches. After church, trek to Rara Lake National Park to spend the night. It is about a four hour trek to the National Park
Enjoy the day exploring around Rara Lake National Park
Begin trek to Jumla
Day spent trekking
Conclude Jumla Conference
Preaching in area churches in Jumla
Fly to Nepalgunj, take night bus to Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu
PLEASE NOTE: Schedule can be open to change, depending upon weather for flight as well as flight schedules.
Cost of Trip: $1350, which includes airfare, entrance to national park, food, lodging, guide, interpreter and porter. Participants should be in good physical condition and be able to do the three day trek from Pina to Jumla. Price does not include airfare to and from Nepal.
Transportation: We will be taking first class bus from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and back. The flight into Mugu District and return from Jumla is by small plane charter service.
Teaching: We need people who can teach on Bible, Bible Study and Church Administration. This is a team ministry; all participants will be part of the overall team which will consist of about four to six people including porter and interpreter.
For More Information, Contact Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt at
I have returned to USA to take care of some medical issues, mostly what I would call “routine maintenance” which comes with getting older. It is only a short trip, and I will be returning in early September to Nepal.
You can find our “Wish List” for 2015 by clicking here.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
Please pray for Rev. Gosto Sarker in Bangladesh who is dealing with some really difficult issues in Bangladesh.
It’s a rainy day in Kingsley, Michigan where I will be doing a presentation tomorrow about Nepal and our work there.
I’ve attached the latest of our newsletters to keep you up to date. We are featuring some of our ministry partners in Nepal for your information.
You can see our newsletters from July and August here
Renaissance Outreach Ministries
P. O. Box 121 Greentown, IN 46936 (517) 425-4773 SchoolsofLight@yahoo.com
Renaissance Outreach Ministries has returned to its original calling of providing training for pastors as well as church leaders in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. We will be heavily focusing on reaching pastors in rural settings where the need for training is the greatest.
As we are a small, ecumenical mission, we must rely on people like yourself to help us fund the work over the next year. Here are some of our upcoming projects: Blessed Bible School
We have been teaching and supporting Rev. Mahdev Poudal at Blessed Bible School in Chobar, Nepal. This Bible School trains rural pastors outside of Kathmandu. This school can feed, house and train 15 pastors in training a year for a cost of $800 a month. Renaissance is seeking one or two ministry partners to contribute $115 a month toward the operation of the school. Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt teaches church history, Pastoral Care and Counseling along with Christian Leadership at this School.
‘ Sponsorship of 1 day a week at $115 a month.
Mugu & Jumla Mission Trip
Renaissance Outreach Ministries has been invited to the far west of Nepal to teach in the far west of Nepal. This is a remote area in the Himalayas that is accessible only by foot or by small plane. This trip will be teaching pastors in Mugu and Jumla Districts. This trip requires a translator, a guide and porter as there will be a several day trek between Mugu and Jumla. Cost of this trip is estimated at $1500, which will include all expenses (including airfare in and out).
Far West Nepal Teaching Trip – $1500 Pastoral Care Training
The earthquakes of 2015 have driven home the need for pastors to be trained in Pastoral Care and Counseling. This is something no one is doing in Nepal, and there is a tremendous need to incorporate this into ministry in order to make effective disciples for Christ. We are proposing 10 one day seminars at a cost of $300 each. The price includes food for participants (up to 50 people), plus transportation for presenter, handouts and interpreter. If we can get 10 sponsors at $300 each, we can completely fund one year’s worth of seminars in rural Nepal.
Pastoral Care Seminar – $300 India/Bangladesh Trip
A trip to Bangladesh and India is in the works to provide training to rural pastors there. We are continuing to work with rural pastors in those counties. The trip is proposed from mid-December, 2015 to mid-January, 2016 and will cost $1000. The cost is primarily for transportation plus helping to feed pastors at the conferences.
Bangladesh/India Conference – $1000 Monthly Support for Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt
It is the goal of the Board of Directors of Renaissance to provide Rev. Jan L. Beaderstadt with a salary of $1000 a month. We need ministry partners contributing monthly to make this happen.
_$100 a month ($1200 a year)
_ $60 a month ($720 a year)
_ $30 a month ($360 a year)
_ Other: $______________
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