|Gift of Individual Through New Jersey Church Will Provide Mission Center in Nepal|
Stamford, CT, April 26, 2007--The United Methodist Church will have its first mission center in Nepal, the country at the top of the world, through the generosity of an individual church member in New Jersey.
Mr. Chang W. Kim of Arcola United Methodist Church, Paramus, NJ, has given $100,000 to the General Board of Global Ministries toward the purchase of a building in Kathmandu to house offices, a congregation, and housing for the pastor. The board will add another $114,000 to the project.
The gift is in honor of Mr. Kim's wife, who died last year and shared with him a lifelong passion for Christian mission. The money came through the Arcola church.
Jungho Kim, a son, presented the check to the directors of the mission agency, meeting April 23-26, in Stamford. He said his father could not be present because he was on a mission trip to Bolivia.
"This gift comes from the heart and out of the love of Jesus Christ," the young Mr. Kim said. "My parents were together for 48 years--48 years of love and companionship and faith." He added that the death of his mother strengthened the resolve of his father to continue the mission work the couple had formerly done together.
Bishop Joel N. Martinez of San Antonio, president of the General Board of Global Ministries, and the Rev. R. Randy Day, general secretary, accepted the funds on behalf of the agency and the denomination.
The United Methodist Church in Nepal currently has 22 congregations and is steadily growing. The Rev. Devi Bhujel, a missionary, is the senior pastor. All of the congregations have indigenous leaders. High in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepal is predominantly Hindu.
The building being acquired has some 6,200 square feet of space and is in the center of Kathmandu. It has enough room for a sanctuary, offices, classrooms, a parsonage, and guest facilities.
The Arcola United Methodist Church of Paramus has both Korean- and English-speaking congregations in side-by-side sanctuaries. The Korean congregation has an average worship attendance of some 400 and is extremely active in mission.
The Rev. Sungho Chun, associate pastor, and Ms. Eun Young Park, a native of the Philippines and a candidate for ministry, accompanied Jungho Kim at the gift presentation as representatives of Arcola church.
The Rev. Jong Sung Kim, an executive in the Evangelization and Church Growth section of the mission board, said that any funds left after the mission center building is purchased and equipped will be used to buy land for a United Methodist retreat and training center outside of Kathmandu.
In addition to the church development work of Rev. Bhujel, the General Board of Global Ministries has medical and educational personnel in Nepal. The United Methodist Church is a long-time partner in ecumenical medical ministry in stories Asian land.
Date posted: Apr 27, 2007