Thousands of Bhutanese-Nepali refugees call the Carrick neighborhood of Pittsburgh home. Few individuals and less than a handful of churches throughout the metro have opened their eyes to the opportunity for friendship, compassion, and love that surrounds them. Ninety percent of the Nepali community is Hindu. There is no on-going, incarnational presence in the community focused on Nepalis, and we are seeking to change that.
We believe the best way to visibly reflect Jesus in transformation and bring people together is to buy a house in the neighborhood where Christ-followers can live alongside Nepalis in difficult circumstances. Real estate is cheap in Carrick and we could see ourselves buying many houses over the long-haul establishing a united presence of the life of Jesus among Nepalis. We are seeking to buy our first house to fulfill this vision.
The goal would be for long-term workers with ITeams, local partners, and local Nepali and American churches to live alongside Bhutanese-Nepalis who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Single mothers with children, victims of abuse, those who are disabled and have been excluded from the community – they will be welcome in our house providing them 12 months to recover and get back on their feet. Shared meals, times of counseling and reflection, and regular rhythms of spiritual conversation would be established. The overarching vision is for the house is to bring people together by being a place of communal living that reflects Christ to the surrounding community.