Who are we?
We are an agency with a mission from God to share the testimony about Jesus Christ with the people in the Himalayan region. We carry this ministry with us in our daily work, in what we say and what we do.
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Service for development
Our field workers are committed, Christian professionals with a servant attitude. We have a small administration to support our field workers and manage our projects, with valuable contributions from voluntary helpers. We are financially supported by individuals, churches and bequests in addition to government aid grants that are given to specific projects.
In the places we work, we want to contribute to the development of local communities and help to build the capacity of local leaders and organisations, while respecting local culture and customs. The main goal for our projects is that the community will be enabled to improve their own living conditions. Currently we are involved in projects in education and training, job / business creation, health, hydropower and local community development. We seek to work closely with people from other agencies and nations as well as with the national church.
We are governed by a Board elected by individual members in a bi-annual conference. Our supporters come from diverse church backgrounds, and we have good connections to Christians involved in business. We are a movement of lay people with a desire that our Christian faith is expressed in our daily lives and deeds. Our agency has a branch for young people with their own governing structure, and we often send out short-term teams for specific tasks to the places where we work.
- We believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and that He has commissioned us.
- We want to relate closely to local partners, to our members and partners at home.
- We want to be flexible, creative and innovative.
- We want to be inclusive – in partnering with Christians from various backgrounds, co-operating with local groups, and benefiting people independent of gender, race or religion.
- We want to respect people from different faiths and walks of life.
- We want to maintain high quality and integrity in our projects and our organization.
- We want to be wise stewards of our funds and our staff
- We want to communicate joy in our work both abroad and at home.
HimalPartner (former Norwegian Himal-Asia Mission) was founded when two pioneers Edin C. Alfsen and David Westborg were sent out to Tibet in 1938. They travelled to China and began working in Eastern Tibet in what is now the province of Sichuan in China. Many groups and friends of the missionaries supported them in prayer and with finances, organised through a Home Board.
When Norway got involved in the Second World War in April 1940 the connection between the two missionaries and people at home was broken. After the war ended, the civil war in China and the subsequent Communist revolution still made it impossible to continue working in this region. A ministry was established among Tibetan refugees in Sikkim in India. Then in 1955 the mission accepted an invitation to be part of a new initiative in Nepal, United Mission to Nepal. The work in Nepal grew and and our involvement became well known particularly for helping to build hydropower stations in the countryside, together with training nationals in technical and industrial skills. The mission has completed several big hydropower projects with funding from Norwegian Government Aid, and is still involved in different sectors in Nepal. In the meantime it became possible again from the late 1980's to have workers in Tibetan areas of China as students or working in secular professions. The work force is divided between these two places.
How to reach us?
Monday - friday 08.30 -16.00
Lunch between 11.30 - 12.00
Postboks 6646, St. Olavs Plass
Organization number: 952555103
Account number: 3000 15 47107
Phone: +47 22 76 90 10