Rajan Shahi

The Vine's Church-Elmhurst, New York
Lead Church Planter
Queens New York
The Vine's Church-Elmhurst
January 28

About My Family

I was born in Nepal and immigrated to the United States in 2004. I felt my calling to serve God as a missionary at age 16, and so I left Nepal to become a missionary in India. I served Him there for more than four years but returned to Nepal due to my father's death. God was able to use me back in Nepal to reach and train young people in music ministry. I was called to come to the United States in 2004, and we were able to plant two churches here. We are currently working among the Nepali-speaking people of Elmhurst, N.Y., and are excited to see what God is going to do in Elmhurst. Today I continue to minister in Elmhurst with my wife Rebecca, my 11-year-old daughter, Shriya, and our 7-year-old son, Shawn.

About My Church Plant

We are located in a neighborhood where more than 40,000 Nepali-speaking people live. Elmhurst itself is home to speakers of more than 100 languages, making it the most linguistically diverse neighborhood in New York City. We want to win people through various events and personal evangelism. We are working to build a church team to equip them and to multiply to other parts of Queens and beyond.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at namb.net/send-me.


For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


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Fund ID: TT4WP2-Shahi,Rajan