Abraham Diyali/Christian Platform MicroEnterprise

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BHITC Partners with Donor and Entrepreneurial Refugee to Help Launch New Christian Newspaper

In a time when many media outlets seem deaf to the things of God, one Nepali man heard His call to get involved and use media to bless his community – both locally and across the globe.  Rev. Abraham Diyali, a refugee from Nepal and a pastor at Samdan Nepali Church in Cleveland Heights, heard God’s call to use his business and writing skills to start a Christ-centered, Nepali-language newspaper, and a short time later, has already published the second international issue!

Abraham, who spent 17 years in a refugee camp before arriving in Cleveland four and a half years ago, shared his vision to start a newspaper with BHITC’s Brian Upton, who says he was inspired by Abraham’s passion for Christian media and his level-headed approach to building a sustainable subscription base for the newspaper over time.  “Abrahamhad already worked out how to get the newspaper into the hands of thousands of Nepalis in America and beyond,” he says. “He had lined up writers, received quotes from printers, figured out postage requirements and more.  He just lacked access to a little start-up capital to get the ball rolling.”

Upton took the idea to David Bowers, Director of the Ohio District – Lutheran Church Extension Fund, a long-time supporter of BHITC and pitched it on Abraham’s behalf as a new and unique way to invest in urban ministry and social enterprise.

The result was a generous micro-finance grant to fund phase one of his business plan – a Christian Nepali newspaper.

The monthly newspaper, titled Christian Platform, includes news and content that glorifies God. “We are writing about God’s activities to inspire and motivate the Nepali-speaking people,” says Abraham.  Christian Platform is distributed to 150 Nepali churches in the United States, and continues to expand.

“We want to bless the Nepali community through media,” he says.  “Nepal is a very poor country, where many kids are living on the streets.  From the profits we make selling the newspaper, we are supporting pastors and building churches in Nepal because we want to reach them for the kingdom of Jesus,” says Abraham.

There’s no better mission than that!


Are you interested in social enterprise and other micro-financing opportunities in partnership with BHITC?  If so, contact Brian Upton at brian@buildinghopeinthecity.org to learn more.

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