Eight Christians, including two school principals, have been released from custody after being held for several days on accusations of distributing Bible literature to children. Police made the arrests on 9 June based on a 2015 amendment to the Nepalese constitution which states in part that no one shall “convert a person of one religion to another religion.
Among those arrested were Prakash Pradhan, the principal of Mount Valley boarding school, and Bimal Shahi, the principal of Modern Nepal School. Others were members of Teach Nepal, a Christian organisation. At the time of the arrests, the educators had completed an earthquake awareness program in various schools
After an appeal was presented to Shakti Bahadur Basnet, the Minister for Home Affairs, by the Federation of National Christian Nepal, those who had been arrested were thankfully released.
Sources: The Gospel Truth newspaper, Nepalchurch.com
- Praise the Lord for the release of these believers from custody; ask Him to spur them on to continued service in the spread of His Gospel.
- Pray the unsaved members of the community will be greatly impacted by their unwavering witness, compelling many more to accept Christ.
- Pray those in authority will not see the church as a threat to national security but rather as a positive force for the good of society.