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Surendra and Kalpana Shrestha
The work of Gospel Recordings Nepal began in the 1960s when recordists from GR USA started researching and recording some of the different Nepali languages. After several visits they started to pray for Nepali nationals to join them and the Lord gave the first coworker, Kris Gurung, in 1982.
By that time recordings had been made in nearly 60 languages and dialects. Most were recorded on location in the mountains where the people lived. At last the people could hear simple evangelistic or teaching messages in their own languages, the messages adapted to meet the specific needs of each group.
In 1991 a Nepal Advisory Committee was set up that later became the GRN Nepal Board. Barnabas Shrestha led the work of GR Nepal from about 2000 until 2007 when his younger brother Surendra, who had joined GR in 1995, was appointed Director. That left Barny free for a new assignment with GRN.
None of the Nepali staff have ever been promised financial support but they have often seen God provide for their needs in response to their prayers and obedience. Much of this support has come from believers in the west. Thousands of recordings and hundreds of hand-wind cassette players have been distributed throughout the country.
One example of God's blessing was seen in late 1991 when money was given to reach several specific language groups in Nepal. The GR Nepal staff got together with a local church and went into the mountains to reach the THAMI people. As a result a church was planted among them.
And the story goes on! . . .
Early in 2009, 80 hand wind players with 1100 Gospel tapes in different languages went to a conference of mission leaders. These materials were to be sent to different parts of Nepal. The mission leaders reported that the GRN materials are very effective tools for their evangelists to share the Gospel in remote villages. They said their teams could still use 500 players with the Gospel cassettes as they travel to many different areas where they also show the 'Jesus' film for outreach.
Electricity supply is always a problem in Nepal. Often they have just one hour of electricity during office time, so running costs increase as they have to use the petrol generator in order to edit and duplicate the recordings for distribution.
Director Surendra gives thanks for all who have been part of their ministry through prayer.