Meet Nepal's New Executive Director
In January 2018, International Needs Nepal’s
former Executive Director, Esther Laxmi Thapa, passed the baton to the newly appointed ED, Mr. Jnyan Narayan Shrestha. After serving the Nepalese people with excellence and dedication for many years, Mrs. Thapa felt it was time to retire.
“I’ve joined my husband in retirement and am very thankful to our Canadian friends for their faithful support, their prayers, and their encouragement over the years. Now my time is spent caring for my family and I’m attempting to grow organic vegetables. I also serve the Lord as a board member on the Nepal Christian Society and am involved with Asian Evangelical Women’s Leadership. May God continue to bless abundantly the work of International Needs in Nepal.”
Mr. Shrestha was born in a Hindu family, in Tandi, 160 KM from Kathmandu. As the only son in a farming family with 9 children, Shrestha spent his childhood working in the fields with his father before and after school.
In 1991, a missionary came to Nepal and stayed in their village home. Shrestha would spend time discussing with the missionary and eventually he became convinced that Jesus was the one true God.
Shrestha received his Master’s Degree in Chemistry and worked as a teacher for 7 years. Afterwards, he worked in the non-profit sector as a Community Development Coordinator, and a National Sponsorship Manager.
“I served communities in need for 14 years and when the organization went through a restructuring process, I resigned from my post. I asked God to bless me with opportunities to reach as many struggling communities in Nepal as possible so I could demonstrate Christ’s love through my words, actions, and deeds.
After learning of the impressive work of International Needs Nepal and their ministry with women and children in community development and evangelism, I knew that God had answered my prayer. I am looking forward to see how God will bless and expand the work of International Needs in the coming years.” • Jnyan Narayan Shrestha, Director, International Needs Nepal. •
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