ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD
November 14, 2004
Mr. Bob Vickers, Executive Director
The Robert J. Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Greetings! The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections/relationships.
D. L. Moody said, "If God is your partner, better have large plans." God is our partner and we have large plans.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world–more than 99% of Nepali peoples die without ever having heard The Name of Jesus. Beginning with the 1993 prayer initiative, Pray through the Window, the 10/40 Window has seen unprecedented growth. An organized attack on the kingdom of darkness was met with limited and unorganized resistance. During the past year, things are heating up again. Several large missions have been able to operate as Non-Government Organizations doing social work in Nepal–BUT have come under close scrutiny by the government and have been told that all their employees will be going home soon.
The dilemma. It’s hard to blame the missions community for quickly setting up non-government organizations and sending Christian workers in to fill the void so many years ago. It was the only avenue to get the message into Nepal–they were being prudent in their efforts to reach the unreached. But, that is where the strategizing stopped–allowing the enemy to focus his retaliation on one, thin life-line. Today that line is being cut and will most likely fail all together.
A recent email from a Nepalese Pastor tells that he has not been able to pay the rent on his Children’s home for the last two months. He had been supported by a Korean non-government organization whose workers were sent home. Even though we may disagree with past evangelism strategies, it is hard to criticize the wonderful men and women who dared to answer God’s call to go into a very hostile place and preach the gospel.
Today, as many Christian workers are expelled–we have the official invitation to go in and stand in the gap!
Our heart. My family and I have spent the last seven years mobilizing the message of reaching the unreached. Many have responded to this message with great conviction. It has been our joy to see hundreds of people respond to the call, and begin to explore their part in world evangelism! And, what a privilege to see the Church beginning to grow in that part of the world. Wow! The Lord has allowed us to play a small part in it.
During our ministry times we’ve prayed and watched as God has called out other Levites to take their place tending to the Lord’s temple. We’ve never found it difficult to be content, but, these days we view living "simply" as a welcome lifestyle and a personal act of worship. We also value entrepreneurial creativity and are very thankful for this trait in our gifting mix. However, in keeping with our Levitical calling, we have an awesome understanding that all we steward is for the King and His kingdom.
The strategy. The very last thing we want to do is set up a career for ourselves in Kathmandu, Nepal. The capitol investment that we are raising to incorporate Studio-Nepal Communications goes directly into the Lord’s treasury. His indigenous Church will be blessed with training, employment and media resources to take the gospel to the Himalayan region and into all the world.
Our highest hope is that Studio-Nepal Communications will become a leader in the Nepalese media industry and a catalyst for the gospel in this closed Hindu nation. We believe that in time the company can become financially profitable employing many indigenous Christian workers who are currently persecuted for their faith in Jesus. I believe that even in a Nation as poor as this one, God will enable his Church to generously spread the gospel and care for the orphans and widows of its culture without being totally depenAllisont on outside resources.
The secondary benefit of taking a business profile in Nepal is to create another avenue for foreign Christian workers to obey Christ’s great commission. With the legal incorporation of Studio-Nepal Communications we gain access for cross-cultural exchange and discipleship on many levels. My burning passion is to see new missionaries asking God for his strategies to gain access to the totally closed countries of the world. Too many passionate recruits have settled for working in "already evangelized" nations or have simply given up on their calling out of sheer frustration. By God’s grace, YouthStudio Ministries will blaze trails and build hope and faith in others who will come alongside! In all of this we never want to forget the calling God has placed on our lives–not only to bring the sophistication of technology, but the simplicity of the gospel.
The proposal. The task at hand is to raise an initial capitol investment of $40,000. This will fulfill our agreement with the Nepalese Department of Industry and enable us to apply for our business visa. Beyond that, we will need to raise another $90,000 to fund some of the other ministries that we are initiating: FM radio broadcasts, In-house Video Production, Educational Television, Internet, etc.
Would you prayerfully look over the enclosed proposal and consider helping YouthStudio–Nepal with a generous portion of the $40,000 that needs to be raised in the next 3 months to incorporate Studio-Nepal Communications of Nepal? I realize that we are all walking forward by faith in these next days, but, my family and I will trust God with you for the financial provision to be a blessing to the nations touched by this Nepal based ministry.
We are now ready to take it to the next level--but we need help. We need your help.
Lindsey Cambra, Founder and President
YouthStudio and Studio-Nepal Communications
YouthStudio and Studio
Mission and Vision Statement:
YouthStudio Ministries exists to proclaim the gospel of Christ and partner with Church planters to establish vibrant worshiping Churches that are culturally relevant and instituted by indigenous worship leaders. Our vision is to encourage, disciple and facilitate a culturally relevant expression of worship beginning in the most oppressed and least evangelized nations and spread throughout the world.
Studio-Nepal Communications will be established as a solid, God honoring company in the market place to:
1) Establish A/V recording studios in strategic locations for maximum impact
2) Mobilize short-term evangelistic outreaches supporting long-range ministry
3) Provide training for indigenous worship leaders, song writers, musicians and audio/visual technicians
4) Produce high quality, culturally relevant recorded media that presents Jesus Christ
5) Produce Music/Mobilization Videos that will focus prayer and evangelistic outreach targeting the most-unreached people groups
Target Market and Geographic Area Served:
We have developed relationships with men and women in intelligentsia, governmental, and spiritual leadership positions and will utilize these people to reach particularly the age group of 24 to 40 year olds who are in influential positions of leadership in the Nepali Church. (See Nepal History, Facts and Demographics on Page 3)
YouthStudio is a non-profit organization organized in The State of Missouri in 1987 and is governed by a Ministry Board of Directors of five (See Page7). See attached 501(c)(3) I. R. S. Department of Treasury Determination Letter.
Primary and Secondary Contact:
Mrs. Lindsey Cambra, Founder and President (660) 747-6390, Voice
YouthStudio (660) 222-1111, Cell
P.O. Box 1225 e-mail: Lindsey@YouthStudio.com
Warrensburg, MO 64093 Website: www.YouthStudio.com
Financial Request and Purpose:
We are very excited about the timely openming of the Nepalese government and this opportunity to train the youth in the technical capacities. Our immediate needs are tremendous. We are asking you for a grant of $ 25,000 (or any portion thereof) toward our general operating budget (see Budget on Page 5). TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED: $ 25,000
Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of YouthStudio will be determined by ongoing analysis and oversight of staff, advisors, pastors in the field, and Board of Directors. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure that you request.
The Plan and Ministry Objectives in Nepal are to:
A five-step plan is necessary to effectively penetrate the culture and make lasting, productive, social change in Nepal. We intend to use the issue of worship. The steps, summarized:
1) Establish A/V recording studios in strategic locations for maximum impact.
2) Mobilize short-term evangelistic outreaches supporting long-range ministry.
3) Provide training for indigenous worship leaders, song writers, musicians and audio/visual recording technicians
4) Produce high quality, culturally relevant recorded media that presents Christ as Lord and Savior.
5) Produce Music/Mobilization Videos that will focus prayer and evangelistic outreach targeting the most-unreached people groups.
YouthStudio and Studio
We are committed to see "Studio-Nepal Communications" established in Nepal as a solid, God honoring company in the local market place. In addition to the recording work of the studio, Allison will be setting up a discipleship-training course for the many new believers who are in our sphere of influence. The Ingles will also be hosting short-term, evangelistic outreach teams from the States and around the world. Praise God for His strategies and clear leading in this area! While hundreds of Christian workers are being ejected from Nepal, the Government has granted the tentative approval for our admission. We are so grateful for all the Lord has done to open the doors for the Gospel of Jesus and the discipling of one of the primary power centers under enemy control… business and commerce.
After spending the month of May in Kathmandu, Allison returned with a clearer understanding of what it will take to properly establish a media business in Nepal. By entering society through the business community, we will gain relevancy and credibility. "Studio-Nepal Communications" will begin as an audio/visual recording studio but will eventually branch into other areas of media production.
The process of establishing an official business in Nepal is rather complicated. Allison has already filed many forms, met with government officials, and presented a preliminary business plan where he laid out the various benefits that "Studio-Nepal Communications" will bring to the economy. During the negotiations, the required foreign currency investment was dramatically reduced from $100,000 to $40,000. (PTL!) What this means is that before "Studio-Nepal Communications" is granted the right to incorporate in Nepal, we must wire a capitol investment of $40k into our Nepali bank account. Once that money is accounted for, we can use it to pay our business expenses, staff salaries, rent, etc. Before granting our visa approval, the government needs to see that resources are available for employing national workers and for making a significant investment into their economy.
Preliminary trips to Nepal and the area were completed in 1995 and again in early 1998. The following organizations represent Nepali national and American organizations who are eager to move forward on this Outreach (domestic and international): Youth Ministries, Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, The North American Mission Board, Empty Bowl Fellowship
Organizational History and Project Background:
In 1985, when Allison Vickers first vacationed in Nepal, she was fascinated by the traditional rhythms used in Nepalese folk music. Equally appealing was the fusion of cultural styles resulting in an east-meets-west Pop Music style. Because she has a performance and music production background, she was immediately drawn to the idea of opening a cutting-edge A/V studio and music educational facility to encourage the many aspiring Artisans of the Kathmandu musical community. After 5 years of discussing the possibility of this project with industry professionals in the U.S., she fulfilled her dream. We have also seen a world-wide rush to preserve older recordings that have begun to decompose and degenerate. There is no such activity in Nepal–the market potential to digitize, catalog and file these historical works could be great.
Nepal History, Facts, and Demographics:
The People of Nepal: Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world. Located in Southern Asia, between China and India, Nepal is slightly larger than Arkansas. The population of Nepal is 23,698,421 and the capital is Kathmandu. The ethnic distribution is divided among Newars, Indians, Tibetans, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Bhotias, Rais, Limbus, Sherpas. Fifty-six percent of the population is "working age" (between 15 and 64), forty-two percent is under working age, and only three percent is above working age. The average life expectancy is 57 years for females (52%of population) and 58 years for males (48% of population). More than 68% of the population live in rural areas of the country.
The adult literacy rate in Nepal is only 27.5% for the entire population: males are more literate with 40.9% of those over 15 can read and write while only 14% of the females are literate. The official language of Nepal is Nepali, with 20 other languages divided into numerous dialects written/spoken. There are currently 400,000 Nepali girls who have been sold by their families to flesh traders in India. Upon contracting AIDs they are sent back to Nepal to die. Average household income is $180 per year.
The Land and Environment:
Nepal is a landlocked country located between China and India and contains eight of world's 10 highest peaks. the range is from Terrain the flat river plain of the Ganges in south, central hill region, to the rugged Himalayas in north. The elevation extremes are from the lowest point, Kanchan Kalan at 70 meters high to the highest point, Mount Everest at 8,848 meters. As to land use in Nepal is 17% arable land; 0% permanent crops; 15% permanent pastures; 42% forests and woodlands; and 26% other (including city and township regions, and unusable land). Because of the rugged terrain 10% of the country can be accessed by road and jeep trails and the rest only by foot.
The climate varies from cool summers and severe winters in the north to subtropical summers and mild winters in the south. Natural resources includes quartz, water, timber, hydropower potential, scenic beauty, small deposits of lignite, copper, cobalt, and iron ore. Natural hazards are severe thunderstorms, flooding, landslides, drought, and famine depending on the timing, intensity, and duration of summer monsoons. Current environment issues are the almost total dependence on wood for fuel and cutting down trees to expand agricultural land without replanting has resulted in widespread deforestation; soil erosion; and water pollution (use of contaminated water presents human health risks).
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world–more than half the population living below the poverty line. Agriculture is the mainstay of the economy, providing a livelihood for over 80% of the population and accounting for 40% of GDP. Industrial activity mainly involves the processing of agricultural produce including jute, sugarcane, tobacco, and grain. Production of textiles and carpets has expanded recently and accounted for about 80% of foreign exchange earnings in the past two years. Apart from agricultural land and forests, exploitable natural resources are mica, hydropower, and tourism. Agricultural production is growing by about 5% as compared with annual population growth of 2.5%.
Since May 1991, the government has been moving forward with economic reforms particularly those that encourage trade and foreign investment, e.g., by eliminating business licenses and registration requirements in order to simplify investment procedures. The government has also been cutting expenditures by reducing subsidies, privatizing state industries, and laying off civil servants. More recently, however, political instability–five different governments over the past few years–has hampered Kathmandu's ability to forge consensus to implement key economic reforms. Nepal has considerable scope for accelerating economic growth by exploiting its potential in hydropower and tourism, areas where there has recently been foreign investment interest. Prospects for foreign trade or investment in other areas will remain poor, however, because of the small size of the economy, its technological backwardness, its remoteness, its landlocked geographic location, and its susceptibility to natural disaster. The international community's role of funding more than 60% of Nepal's development budget and more than 28% of total budgetary expenditures will likely continue as a major ingredient of growth.
The government is a parliamentary democracy, officially, The Kingdom of Nepal, and ruled by a King and a Prime Minster. Officially, there is an executive branch including a cabinet, a legislative branch, and judicial branch but most of the positions are filled with appointments from his majesty. The country is divided into 14 zones/states and have a legal system based on Hindu legal concepts and English common law.
The Spiritual Climate:
The formal and informal Church has traditionally been severely persecuted. Until recently it was a crime to be a Christian within the boarders of the world’s only Hindu Kingdom. Many laws are in existence to prohibit proselytizing but remain largely unenforced among westerners. Nepalis are open to the religions of the world–the freedom being experienced is opening them to be "seekers" mostly due to loosening toward freedom of religion through social service since 1990. More than 90% of the people are Hindu, 5% are Tibetan Buddhist, 3% are Muslim 3%, and 2% are other (including Animist and Christian). Nepal is the only official Hindu state in the world, although no sharp distinction exists between many Hindu and Buddhist groups. Currently the vast majority of Nepali peoples die without ever having heard The Name of Jesus.