Pastor Chhedar Bhote Lhomi was arrested for eating beef and sentenced to 12 years in prison. The 37-year-old pastor and his wife were ministering in a remote part of Nepal among Tibetan people.
They established a church there which met regularly.
Pastor Bhote and his wife are from an area of Nepal where eating beef is permissible, but in other areas, local Hindus do not eat beef because cows and oxen are sacred as symbols of their gods. In October 2012, local villagers discovered that Chhedar and his family had eaten beef. In an uproar, they accused him of killing the cow himself, and they destroyed his home and everything he owned. The locals handed them over to the Hindu committee, who called police and had him arrested. He was given a sentence of 12 years in prison. While in prison, his family struggled without him and his three children, aged 10, 8 and 7, were teased and mocked by other children.
On Thursday, 17 July, a court declared Chhedar not guilty on the charge of eating beef. He has been released and reunited with his family.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Please pray the Lord will help Chhedar and his wife and children overcome their difficult ordeal.
- Ask God to give Chhedar and His family provision and protection as well as wisdom for the future of their ministry.
- Pray this trial will not be in vain but that the Lord may use it for His glory and to expand the church in Nepal.