Over the past 15 months I have been blessed to be a part of ENGAGE International. It was not long after a cross-cultural field education trip (as part of my Bachelor of Theology) in 2012 that God opened the door for me to become a part of the ministry.
My wife and I travelled to different places in Nepal running an evangelism seminar to equip the Nepali Christians. It was during that time I gained a love for the Church of Nepal and saw the possibilities of what God could do in the remote western region, if only they were given the opportunity.
When I was asked to join the ministry in April 2013 I was convinced God was calling me to equip the least reached to go to the unreached. Even with a strong conviction of this call, my time with ENGAGE has been a season of stretching. My role is to write a culturally appropriate curriculum for our Bible institute in Dang, Western Nepal.
Writing the curriculum has been a challenge and I have found myself drawing not only on everything I learned at BST, but to delve deeper into researching cross-cultural mission. During the last few months I have also been given the responsibility to coordinate the Australian branch of the ministry which has been a massive learning curve.
We recently relaunched the ministry under a new name ( previously CCI Australia). All these things have been challenging to me but also a great opportunity to learn how a mission agency operates and what is involved in a launch. I am also working hard to establish our institute in Nepal, teaching every few months and networking with other ministries doing similar work in the country.
I am convinced that without my time at BST I would never have been given this great opportunity and thankful for the skills and knowledge gained through my studies to fulfil my role with ENGAGE. I know that I will need to continually draw on everything I learned during my time at BST. As I seek to declare his glory among the nations (Psa 96:1-3), I am so thankful for God’s leading and help along the way.
Blake is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts program at BST. He was awarded the CMS prize for excellence in the study and practice of mission in 2013.