Fire destroys Nepal Storytellers; God replaces them

By December 14, 2022

Nepal (MNN) — Have you ever been going along with a plan you thought God showed you, and then the unexpected happens? Maybe you doubt if you heard God correctly.

This happened to Keys for Kids Ministries last month when a fire in Nepal destroyed 350 audio players. Read about it here. Ministry partners in Nepal “felt horrible about what happened,” Keys for Kids’ Ashley Hoekman says.

“They put up the first $6,000 to help replace these Storytellers.”

Damages from the November fire.
(Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids Ministries)

The losses totaled $12,000 – a disheartening setback, to say the least. But the story doesn’t end there. “We had really been praying for God to show us what He was doing with this, and He definitely did,” Hoekman says.

“His faithfulness was just astounding, more than we could imagine.”

Through a #GivingTuesday campaign, Keys for Kids received enough support to pay for the destroyed Storytellers, buy replacements, and have something left over. “Everyone out there just rallied around us,” Hoekman says.

“Now that we have the Nepali ones funded, we can go ahead with our Urdu translation, which is for Pakistan. Farsi and Pashto, which are for Iran and Afghanistan, are next, and we’re working on Swahili.”

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Praise God for working all things to the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. “We are working on getting Storytellers in to put the new audio [on them] and then send them to Nepal within the next couple of months,” Hoekman says.

Pray the new Storyteller units will arrive safely. “They could be confiscated, so pray that no one will stop our partners as they bring [the Storytellers] through the various checkpoints,” Hoekman says.




Header image depicts a Nepali and her child entering a door from the street. (Photo courtesy of Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz/Pexels)