BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – More than 150 are expected for the first-ever Nepali Evangelism Conference on Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church.
The conference’s aim is to train the Nepali people to be evangelist with family and friends. Pastors and other believers will gather and be given tools to connect people to the truth of Jesus Christ.
Daniel Shankar, the pastor of Newlife Nepali Baptist Church in Bowling Green, expects the return from the day’s work to reap eternal results.
“We are very excited about this conference, looking forward to the evangelism and leadership,” he said.
Eddie Torres, the multi-language planting and development associate for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, will also address the group during the morning.
The guest speakers are Pastor Norbu Tamang, who will speak on leadership, and Pastor Santosh Ramdam, who will speak on encouragement. They both speak the Nepali language fluently, Torres said.
However, he said, it’s not always just a language barrier that causes confusion. “Sometimes it’s the culture, too.”
Torres is the KBC’s point for language-focused church plants across Kentucky.
Todd Gray, the evangelism, church planting and camp ministry leader at the KBC, said there are 20 language focused church plants in the state with multiple different ethnic groups.
“Few are aware of them outside of the association where they are involved,” Gray said. “That’s why Eddie Torres is a little bit of an unsung hero. He does his job, works with these church plants and helps get them funding.”
The KBC provides seed money over three years until the new church can become sustainable, Gray said.
Shankar’s church is one of those church plants, Torres said. Fifty-five members make up the church body of New Life Nepali Baptist Church. The pastor said there are “60 to 70 Nepali families” in Bowling Green so there is much potential for growth.
The event on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church address is 659 Alvaton Greenhill Road in Bowling Green.