Inspired by God’s heart for poor and marginalised people
INF is a Christian mission called by God to serve Nepali people.
INF Nepal’s Executive Director, Prem Subedi, writes, “Jesus said that he came to give us ‘life in all its fullness’ [John 10:10]. This is at the heart of INF’s work. It’s what we long to see becoming a reality in the lives of those we serve. But it’s also our motivation for service. It’s only out of our own experience of Jesus, and the fullness of life that He brings, that we can serve effectively [John 15:5].”
Established in 1952, INF is Nepal’s longest-serving international non-government organisation. With God’s help we will strive to be an organisation that is at the cutting edge of heralding His Kingdom in all its fullness amongst Nepali people.
To find out more about what we believe click HERE
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world.
There is a small number of very wealthy people but by contrast, in the remotest areas, life can be a hand-to-mouth existence with traditional farming methods unable to supply sufficient food for the whole year.
Many Nepalis, mostly men, leave their families to work in India or other parts of the world, in the hope of being able to send money home. This income from overseas is one of the largest parts of the Nepali economy. Tourism is the other major income generator but, since the earthquakes of 2015, this has all but dried up.
Sixty years ago there were only a handful of Nepali Christians. The majority of people are Hindus and there are large areas of Nepal where no one has had the opportunity to hear about the kingdom of God and fullness of life in Jesus Christ. But there is now at least one church in each of the 75 districts of Nepal. Some are thriving and able to worship openly while others are small and meeting in secret.
INF/UK mission personnel
INF/UK is responsible for mission personnel in Nepal, serving in such diverse fields as communications, teaching, and medicine.
They are individuals or families, coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and different age groups. They are possibly not the kind of people you would typically think of as missionaries.
You can find out more about the kind of work INF is involved with HERE
If you are interested in finding out more about serving in Nepal you can find out more at Serve in Nepal
There is also a list of current opportunities
The INF/UK office is based in Birmingham.
There are eight permanent staff, headed up by John Reynolds [CEO], and a number of volunteers. We support the work of INF by finding people to serve with INF, raising much needed money from individuals, churches, and trusts, and encouraging prayer for INF staff and projects.
The work is overseen by a board of nine trustees with a broad experience of Christian mission, especially in Nepal.
These include: Michael Thomas [Chair], Dr Andy Cordell, Dr Hom Nath Dhakal, Dr Tom Donaldson, Roger Hamlet, Peter Hopkinson, Diane Norton, Bill Westwood and David McConkey.
A family of organisations
INF Nepal is a national non-government organisation which carries out health and development work in western Nepal. It has a staff of skilled Nepalis and expatriate volunteers and a board of senior Nepali Christians, led by a Nepali Executive Director. It is based in Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city.
INF International finds, trains and supports expatriate volunteers to work with INF Nepal and other partner organisations, including Nepali government health and training institutions. The board provides global co-ordination for the members of the INF family. Its office is in Kathmandu.
Like INF/UK, INF Australia, INF New Zealand, INF North America and INF Canada help to find people, raise money, and encourage prayer.
On New Year’s Day in 1936 Dr Lily [Pat] O’Hanlon, a missionary in India, read Deuteronomy 11:11-12. She believed God was speaking directly to her through this passage, calling her to Nepal, but the border was closed to all foreigners and even Nepali Christians had to leave the country.
For 15 years Pat and her colleague Hilda Steele prayed, ran a dispensary on the Indian side of the border, and did evangelism amongst the many Nepalis who passed through the area. Back in the UK a small group of people were praying for Pat and Hilda and their work amongst the Nepalis. A few Nepalis became Christians.
In 1951, at the beginning of the reign of King Tribhuvan, the situation changed and the borders were opened. In late 1952 Pat, Hilda and four other women, together with four Nepali Christian men, made the nine day journey, mostly on foot, from the southern border of Nepal, northwards to Pokhara. They became the first Christian medical team in the country.
Heart and Highlights
"It’s really important God shapes INF into the kind of organisation He wants it to be. We strive to be at the cutting edge of heralding His Kingdom in all its fullness amongst Nepali people. As an organisation and in all of our work, we want to be distinctively shaped by our Christian faith. Our desire is also to be creative and responsive to changing needs and opportunities.
"We’ve prepared a special summary of the ‘heart and highlights’ of our 5 year plan, for supporters, which you can access by clicking the image on the left. Please pray for wisdom, grace and boldness as we embark on this next stage. Our dependence is not in our own strength, but in the Lord for all we do. Those of you who pray regularly for INF play a vital role as we seek to serve our Master and the people of Nepal."
Alastair Seaman [INF International Director]
How we spend your money
We know you want us to use you money in a responsible way, helping Nepali people find fullness of life.
International Nepal Fellowship is passionate about helping the poor and marginalised people of Nepal. We do this through hospitals, community based rehabilitation, and development work. So, we try to achieve this by making the best possible use of every donation you send us.
This chart is taken from the Charity Commission website and relates to the 2015/2016 financial year.
To find out more about the impact made by some of your donations, you can read stories of how they are helping to change the lives of ordinary Nepali people. Just click on the Our Impact image on the right or explore the rest of the website.