Benjamin and Kamana, Kathmandu, Nepal
We have known Benjamin for several years. He and his wife have a heart for girls and women that have been exploited.
Benjamin works as a pastor in Kathmandu, but he too a very different path. He decided to start a church in one of the larger slum areas of Kathmandu. Here is his story.
My name is Benjamin Subba and I was born and grown up in Nagaland Northeast part of India but my origin is Nepal. My father died when I was 13 due to alcohol and after my father died my mother came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour. My mother took our family to church.
My dear wife's name is Kamala, and we have one child.
I got baptized on 23 April 2003. When I finished my high school and went to college. Unfortunately, I got involved with a group of friends and we were drinking and taking drugs, so I could not continue my studies. My life turned worse, and I did many bad things.
After 6 years my body was wearing out, and I thought I would die soon. One evening a woman came to my house to pray for me.
After the woman left, I sat on my bed and I prayed. I simply said "If you are God, please heal me and I will follow you where ever you want me to go". At once my body felt cold. I had no interest in drugs anymore. But more than that, I chose Jesus, because He chose me.
I came Kathmandu on February 2007. Two years later I entered a bible school, and received a Bachelors in Theology.
When I was in bible school I was praying for a place for ministry. I visited one of the slum areas in Kathmandu called Thapatali. Later I had a dream about a village. It was Thapatali slum. I did not understand that dream. I asked a friend if we could go back to the slum again.
When I returned it became very clear to me the broken hearts and pain in this slum, and the great need for Jesus. It was also very apparent that girls were mistreated.
At that time, God spoke to me and said this is where He wanted me to be a Pastor.
So on April 2010 I came to Thapathali slum with a mission to plant a church but it was not so easy because before Thapathali slum leaders were totally against Christianity.
God told me that I needed to develop good relations with the community before starting a church. Eventually a church was started. Many people came to know Jesus right away.
Our church has grown in this slum area. We thank God for that.
Due to the poverty of the slum, girls are continually exploited. It is easy for them to chase money for the wrong reasons. Our prayers and efforts are finding opportunities for girls through education and training, so they will not be exploited.