Nepal

With Hinduism and Buddhism being the dominant religions of this exotic and mysterious country, the Nepali people are hungry for something more. Armed with encouragement and a great pair of shoes, prepare to travel to schools, isolated churches, city slums, orphanages, leper colonies, and refugee camps on this unique Nepal mission trip. Hike through mountains, among rice paddies, and along rushing rivers to remote villages where many have never heard the name of Jesus. Build friendships with the Nepali people that will last long after the trip has ended, and see God use you to change their lives, even as they change yours.

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Our goal in Nepal is simple: wherever we go, we want to build meaningful friendships with the Nepali people.

How do we do this?

  • Coming alongside local Christian churches who are under heavy persecution. We encourage them, pray with them, and worship with them.
  • We are invited into local schools to perform and share with the students.
  • Nepali people invite us into their homes for a bit of tea or a pick-up game of soccer.
  • Children are always ready for a game of duck, duck, goose, or to hang out with the Americans.
  • We visit orphanages, a leper colony, partner with slum ministries, and venture into areas of deep poverty. We seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus in these areas.
  • We'll witness firsthand the devastating business of human trafficking and the sex trade, and gain insider knowledge on how we can combat these travesties on a global scale, even from our own communities.
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Nepali food is the furthest thing from McDonalds you’ve ever experienced! Just remember, Nepali people believe cows are sacred, so make sure you eat your weight in beef before you travel to the other side of the world. Once you get to Nepal, its water buffalo meat for you! A typical breakfast includes Muesli, also commonly known as Trekker’s Porridge and black tea. Hey, if it’s good enough to fuel the guys climbing Everest, it’s good enough to sustain us for our days of ministry. Lunches will be mostly peanut butter and jelly, you know, so you don’t forget where you came from.

Dinners in Nepal include three categories on the menu:

  • Indian: Great vegetarian options with lots of lentils, green and red curries, rice, mouth-watering naan (huge pieces of baked flatbread), and veggies mixed in a spicy sauce that will probably make your nose run.
  • Tibetan: Not as spicy and consists mostly of dumplings, which they call momo steam or fried and stuffed with your choice of chicken, water buffalo, cheese or veggies. For Tibetan dessert try fresh baked Tibetan bread drizzled with honey they just got from the bees down the road.
  • Chinese: You can fill up on a mound of fresh chow mein every single night. And don’t forget to have a cup of water buffalo milk tea to finish the evening and give you a boost of caffeine.
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We will be spending time in Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. In each of these cities we'll be staying at local hotels or guest houses.

When we say "hotel" we don't mean Holiday Inn Express. They are small locally owned guest houses that are safe and comfortable. No need to bring a sleeping bag or pillow because bedding is provided and you'll even have outlets to charge your camera batteries, with the help of an adapter of course. We'll usually have our team meals and daily meetings on the hotel rooftop under a colorful canopy which overlooks the city and provides a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.

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who-should-goNepal is an ideal fit for students with a thirst for adventure and new experiences. Nepal is a rugged country and things don't always go according to plan. If you are someone who can roll with the punches and enjoy spontaneous ministry, this trip is perfect for you. Nepal is also a great place for people with a strong sense of mercy and compassion. We will experience many exotic and interesting religions and the dynamics of a third-world country. Expect some physical challenges, as we will often find ourselves on moderate, yet remote, hikes through the Himalayan foothills, as well as climbing copious amounts of stairs. Close
adventureWhile in Nepal one of the several hikes we’ll do is on a ridge just outside Kathmandu, giving you a spectacular view of the entire Kathmandu valley. As you hike through the countryside you’ll see how people really live in Nepal, walk around friendly mountain goats and chickens which you hope aren’t on tonight’s dinner menu. In the jungle region of Chitwan, you can ride bareback on an elephant into a river for an "Elephant bath", feed elephants bananas for less than five dollars. Have your picture taken with a Hindu priest known as a "sadhu," or strike up a conversation with a Buddhist monk after he finishes his daily chants.

The ministry and adventure in Nepal are completely intertwined; hiking to a village to minister to lepers, crossing rivers by traversing suspension bridges or handmade boats. You might try exotic food, learn new sports and games it’s all normal on any given day in Nepal. Because of the amount of walking and climbing required, please discuss any physical limitations or needs with the team leader before completing the application process.

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OLYMPUSWe will spend time reading Scripture, encouraging one another, and receive training on spiritual life and ministry. We will seek to understand Hinduism and Buddhism in order to better to relate to the Nepali people. We will tackle complicated questions of faith and spirituality, and observe the differences between the religious values of the Nepali people and our own. We will also look in-depth at the issues surrounding poverty and what the Christian church can do in response to answer God's command to take care of the poor.

This trip will help you:

  • Grow deeper in your ability to share the Gospel and engage in evangelism
  • Teach you about mercy, compassion, and Jesus' heart for the poor and rejected of society.
  • Give you a greater understanding about world religions and why Jesus really is the only way to heaven.
  • Teach you about mercy, compassion, and Jesus' heart for the poor and rejected of society.

Here’s what some students who were on the last Nepal team said:

  • Hear from Hannah: “One thing that helped me grow spiritually was simply all the opportunities we had to share the gospel, minister to the Nepali people, and just to be used by God. I was definitely stretched, and grew a ton because of those moments.”
  • Hear from Evan: “This summer gave new meaning and depth to worship and scripture.”
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OLYMPUSIn Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism dominate the religious scene. Therefore, we spend time visiting temples learning about their religious background so that we can more genuinely understand the people we have come to serve. Dal and rice is the food of choice, but you don’t have to go far for delicious Tibetan dishes, Indian curries, European-style pastries, even some Italian wood-fired pizza and espresso. If you want, you can outfit yourself in traditional Nepali clothing, or even pick up some new North Face digs. You’ll dodge motorcycles and rickshaws on your way to the Internet café and bask in the smells of incense and sewage as you walk down the street.

Animals are everywhere in Nepal, but not your traditional squirrels. Walking down the street you’ll pass “holy cows” doing their own thing as cars delicately maneuver around them. Monkeys fill the rooftops and swing skillfully on power wires searching for a tasty treat. And in Pokhara you can sing the water buffalo song to your heart’s content while water buffalos the size of small cars block traffic as they saunter down the road.

This country is alive and thriving; you’ll never stop learning new things about its fascinating culture every time you step outside the hotel. Although tourism is a major industry in Nepal, with trekkers and mountain climbers from all over the world there to tackle the Himalayan Mountains, it is still an ancient country that clings tightly to its old customs and traditions.

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ministry-partners

During our time in Nepal we partner with a variety of local contacts, including: ministry leaders, trekking guides, and neighborhood believers. Our goal is to come alongside the local believers in any way we can to serve them and encourage their ministry.

We communicate with the help of local Christian translators, offering information in the Nepali language. You'll partner with small local churches in these villages who are hungry for fellowship with other believers and reinforce their efforts to serve and care for their neighbors. Some of the villages are remote, so be sure to bring sturdy hiking shoes.

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debrief Imagine yourself sitting on a warm hotel rooftop under a beautiful canopy journaling and processing your summer as the sounds of Nepali traffic fill the streets below. That’s just a taste of what debriefing looks like our last week in Kathmandu. We will process our extraordinary experiences, and have both team and individual time to reflect. We will examine the many ways we can take the things we learned about sharing our message in this unique culture home to reach our communities. We’ll have a last meal at our favorite restaurant, say goodbye to shopkeepers we've become close friends with and buy all the souvenirs’ your pack can carry. Trust me after a summer of Nepali milk tea, you’ll want to bring as much back as possible. We'll also strategize about what steps God is asking us to take when we return home. Each minute of debriefing will help us transition back to life in the western world after Nepal has captured your heart. This is not your average summer mission trip.Close

Schedule

  1. Students June 24 - August 5
  2. Staff Disciplers June 17 - August 5
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Nepal Required Support

  • Students
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $4,295
  • Spending Money: $315
  • TOTAL: $4610
  • Staff
  • Airfare & Ground Costs: $4,295
  • Spending Money: $350
  • TOTAL: $4645

*$USD. For information about Canadian contributions and tax deductibility for Canadian citizen contact our Headquarters. The Nepal mission trip does require a visa, $40 USD for American citizens and $40 USD for Canadian citizens.

Nepal Trip Leader

  • Job Hammond - Full Bio >>
  • I am the Nepal mission trip leader along with my wife, Bethany. I believe that the opportunity to serve God in a foreign culture and context can be a life-altering experience, which is why I love leading teams for Royal Servants. This summer I am especially excited for the unique needs and ministry opportunities that are sure to come in Nepal.

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On the Nepal trip, I received the power from God to share my faith with hundreds of people. I shared the Gospel with people who have never heard of the Gospel, Jesus or even Christians. I have found a new passion to share the Word of God with those who have never heard it and those who are lost. At home now I have not lost my passion to share the Gospel and serve in the local church. I encourage everyone to be willing to say "Lord, send me" and Go.

Isaac